As BYU quarterback Jaren Hall took the field against South Florida at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, he became the first African-American quarterback to start for the Cougars.
Twitter took note.
Early in the game, it was the BYU defense the came to play, holding the Bulls to 25 yards through a quarter and a half.
Hall and the offense used a good mix of run and pass, including up-tempo play calling to take a quick 13-0 lead.
But South Florida answered with a touchdown of its own to cut into the Cougar lead.
Coming out of halftime, South Florida ran the ball down the throat of the Cougar defense. But it was Hall, himself, that responded. The Cougar quarterback had a 32-run, before scoring a touchdown on a similar 29-yard rush to the endzone.
South Florida's quarterback, Jordan McCloud scored a rushing touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter.
After a missed field goal by BYU's Jake Oldroyd, South Florida ran the ball nine straight times against the Cougar defense to take the lead for the first time.
Hall left the game with a head injury as Baylor Romney came in to trigger the BYU offense.
South Florida beat BYU, 27-23.
A BYU quarterback just converted a 3rd down. Induct him into the Hall Of Fame— Forrest (@utahforrest) October 12, 2019
“Hall’s 3/3. Get this man a Heisman!”— T Dunc (@tduncutes) October 12, 2019
-BYU fan probably
A BYU sneak from under center for first down! Warms my heart.— Geoff Johnston (@geoffjBYU) October 12, 2019
WHAT A PLAY!!!!!! 44 Grier Jr. with the sack to force a BYU field goal attempt. 3-0 BYU. I consider that a win for the Bulls defense.— 𝗦𝗼𝗙𝗹𝗼𝗕𝘂𝗹𝗹𝘀 (@SoFloBulls) October 12, 2019
JAKE 😤😤😤— Jonny Linehan (@jlinehan9) October 12, 2019
Someone needs to tell BYU players that you can’t tackle out of bounds. I feel like that’s something a coach would do— Jason (@thejdog1) October 12, 2019
USF is going blitz heavy to start the game. BYU's offensive line has missed guys but has also been outnumbered. Cougars need to counter.— Jared Lloyd (@JaredrLloyd) October 12, 2019
What was McCloud doing? Fumble recovery BYU!— Jason Shepherd (@jsnshep) October 12, 2019
BYU has benefitted from bad QB play on USF’s side. He doesn’t look to be much of a threat this far.— Kyle Shannon (@kyle_shannon12) October 12, 2019
How is BYU just playing their first black QB in their hist...oh yeah, it's BYU.— liephobic (@MrDarell1980) October 12, 2019
USF will be the worst team BYU plays this season. That’s not a joke either— Jordan Gomez (@Jordan_Gomez11) October 12, 2019
Find someone who loves you like BYU loves getting stopped in the Red Zone.— Teeps (@SportsGuyRyan) October 12, 2019
The play by play, commentary, name pronunciation has been much better this week.— Ryan Bennion (@RyBen3) October 12, 2019
ESPN > CBS Sports Network > The Mtn. > ESPN +
What on earth did I just watch?!— Andrew Rich (@andrewrich22) October 12, 2019
Not sure why you'd have Bushman block on a 3rd and 4 ten yards out from the end zone. Just so Hall could throw to someone half his size.— Harper Anderson (@harperdanderson) October 12, 2019
BYU needs to do something else besides rushing 3... so many opportunities to sack this QB going to waste.— BYUusedtoBgood (@BYUinsider) October 12, 2019
The BYU run defense is 💩 💩— #BeatUSF (@SeanHowardBYU) October 12, 2019
Not sure why any team throws the ball against BYU.— Josh Johnson (@jsjohnson78) October 12, 2019
BYU would be winless if Tenn and USC had just run the ball.
BYU was fixin to go up 17-0, and then two wasted red-zone trips later, it’s 16-14. 🙃— Robby Huckvale (@robby_huckvale) October 12, 2019
In all of BYU’s losses this season, the opposing team has scored on their 1st drive of the 2nd Half. Trend continues today. Woof— David Nixon (@D_Nixon) October 12, 2019
I'd bet my house BYU would not get a stop on any given 3rd and 1— WT Hallmark (@wt_six) October 12, 2019
That pass was just bad. BYU got a little pressure, but not enough to force a pass right to Chaz Ah You for his first pick.— Jared Lloyd (@JaredrLloyd) October 12, 2019
USF officials clearly underestimated how much popcorn BYU fans will eat, especially when you give free refills. The stadium is apparently out with almost another full quarter to play.— Drew Troutner (@drewsky5) October 12, 2019
I don’t like the way Jaren Hall’s heads hit the turf on that last pass. Paging Austin Kafentzis...paging Austin Kafentzis.— Mark McCrady (@nomadcoug) October 12, 2019
If BYU loses this they are barely going to go to a bowl and It’ll be the end for Sitake.— El Chappy (@itschappy) October 12, 2019
Baylor Romney, owner of The Most BYU Name Of All Time, is now playing quarterback for BYU— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) October 12, 2019
That was the most BYU-type route you can run on fourth down ... 3 yards short of the sticks.— Phillip Morgan (@pjmorgan11) October 12, 2019
Good teams find a way to win. Bad teams find ways to lose. BYU under Kalani Sitaki et al. is clearly the latter.— Gene "Talent Gap" Frenkle (@Quoth_the_Maven) October 12, 2019
And you guys wanted to give him an extension SMDH! Make him walk home￼— Devin (@DevinD33) October 12, 2019
I will say. We've been here bfor. Not over til it's over.— Tim McTyer 🏁 (@timmctyer) October 12, 2019
Romney for President 2019— Steve (@Steve_Hatch) October 12, 2019
This is going to be a typical BYU ending isn’t it. Give us some hope they can get it done and then lose...— Garret (@TheGM11) October 12, 2019