BYU drops at home against Northern Illinois

NIU beats BYU 7-6 in Zach Wilson’s second start.

They’re too dangerous to play. Utah needed a game-sealing Chase Hansen interception to escape Dekalb. BYU was without the heroics. Northern Illinois’s second half march (10-plays, 65-yards) ended up being enough to beat the Cougars 7-6 at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Once again, the margin for error is razor thin for this BYU team. A kickoff out of bounds? A false-start in the red zone? They’ll doom good drives.

Zach Wilson’s encore effort didn’t have the zip of the debut. But then again, Hawaii doesn’t possess a pass rush comparable to Sutton Smith. Harassed all day, Wilson completed 18-30 passes for 208 yards.

His lone interception came on his final drive. Down by one, Mykelti Williams picked off the freshman on a drive starting at the BYU 33. Ball game.

On a weekend where Utah clinched bowl eligibility, BYU’s hopes hang in the balance.

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