Third-string quarterback Baylor Romney rushes for a first down after he enters the game against USF following Jaren Hall's injury, in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.

Third-string quarterback Baylor Romney rushes for a first down after he enters the game against USF following Jaren Hall’s injury, in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. | Robert W. Grover, For the Deseret News

After starting quarterback Jaren Hall leaves game with concussion-like symptoms, third-stringer Baylor Romney leads two-late game drives but Cougars can’t get the ball in the end zone, lose third-straight game

TAMPA, Fla. — It was so similar to the loss two weeks ago at Toledo, it was almost eerie.

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: BYU controls the first half but doesn’t lead by as many points as it should, takes even more control in the second half and then suddenly can’t figure out how to stop the run, especially quarterback runs.

Then the Cougars’ starting quarterback gets hurt, and his backup comes in and almost saves the day, but throws an incomplete pass to the end zone as the clock strikes zero.

“It was a rough game, a game we felt like we were in position to win, and didn’t. Losses like this hurt.” — BYU center James Empey

History repeated itself, from BYU’s perspective, in all the wrong ways Saturday afternoon in front of 35,375 sun-drenched fans as the Cougars fell 27-23 to South Florida when third-string quarterback Baylor Romney’s lob pass to Matt Bushman and/or Dax Milne was knocked away in the end zone.

At Toledo in almost similar fashion, Jaren Hall’s last-second toss soared out of the end zone and BYU was upset 28-21 to another team its fans believe it has no business losing to: Toledo. Romney, a redshirt freshman, was filling in for Hall, who had been filling in for Zach Wilson (fractured right thumb) injured on Sept. 28.

A BYU spokesperson said Hall was suffering concussion symptoms and was not …read more

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