After a long offseason filled with practice and preparation, the BYU Football team began its 2017 campaign with a home game against Portland State.
The first points of the game came via a 28-yard touchdown pass from Tanner Mangum to wide receiver Neil Pau'u with 2:01 on the clock in the first quarter.
At the end of the second quarter, a 33-yard pass from Mangum to Talon Shumway put BYU on the 1 yard line. Squally Canada then punched in a one-yard touchdown run to cap an eight-play, 66-yard touchdown drive.
Zayne Anderson picked off a pass for BYU's first defensive takeaway late in the quarter and returned it 27 yards to the Portland State 23 yardline. Almond came on for a 35-yard attempt and kicked it down the middle for the 20-6 lead.