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Boise State 26, BYU 17
The Cougars’ unbeaten streak is over, as BYU couldn’t overcome its mistakes to beat a Boise State team that rarely hurt itself.
BYU, which falls to 5-1 on the year, finally stopped a 23-point Boise State scoring streak by capping a 70-yard drive with a 1-yard Tyler Allgeier touchdown run with 7:27 to play. The drive was sparked by a 59-yard pass from Jaren Hall to Gunner Romney to get the Cougars quickly into Broncos territory.
BYU couldn’t get a much-needed stop on Boise State’s next drive, though. A Hank Bachmeier 35-yard pass to Khalil Shakir, who made an incredible catch between two defenders, gave Boise State a first-and-goal inside the BYU 5 with under five minutes to play. The Broncos, who improve to 3-3 on the year, added a short field goal to make it a 26-17 game with 3:27 to play.
Hall was then intercepted by Kaonohi Kaniho at the Boise State 11 on the ensuing possession, and the Broncos ran out the clock.
On their first three second-half possessions, the Cougars got deep into Boise State territory each time but came up with only seven points.
BYU had its chances to rally, but was hurt when it missed an opportunity to add points earlier in the fourth when it was stopped inside the Boise State 5. The Cougars had driven the ball 59 yards and took more than seven minutes off the clock on the drive and BYU got as close as the Broncos’ 3-yard line, but a Hall fourth-down pass was well off the mark.
Hall, playing for the first time in two games, completed 22 of 37 passes for 302 yards and a touchdown with the interception. BYU was hurt by four turnovers — including three fumbles — and nine penalties for 75 yards.
The Broncos, meanwhile, never had a turnover and finished with 312 yards of total offense. Hank Bachmeier threw for 172 yards, and the Broncos ran for 140, almost double their average rushing yards per game.
End of 3rd quarter
Boise State 23, BYU 10
The Cougars are still in major trouble heading into the final quarter, after the Broncos tacked on a field goal on the opening drive of the third quarter — taking 6:31 off the clock on the 54-yard drive — to make it a 23-10 game.
BYU’s turnover troubles came up again. On their first possession of the second half, the Cougars finally had a promising drive into Boise State territory — after BYU converted a fourth-and-8 — but Lopini Katoa finished a long run by fumbling the ball inside the Boise State 20, and the Broncos recovered.
The last time BYU lost three fumbles before today?
The Cougars are driving again — they have 288 yards of total offense to 240 for Boise State — but they will need to avoid the costly mistakes that have led to 23 straight points for the Broncos to have a chance at rallying in the final quarter.
Boise State 20, BYU 10
BYU finds itself down for the first time this season after a disastrous second quarter. The Cougars turned the ball over twice and gave it up a third time on a turnover on downs — all in BYU territory — and Boise State has made the Cougars pay with 20 straight points, including 17 in the quarter.
Boise State capitalized on BYU’s first lost fumble of the season, when Tyler Allgeier lost the ball at the BYU 24. Four plays later, Cyrus Habibi-Likio scored on a 11-yard touchdown run to make it a 10-all game.
Cyrus Habibi-Likio scores for Boise State to tie the game. Great cut back by Habibi-Likio on that TD rush. Boise State is hanging with BYU.
On the ensuing kickoff, Lopini Katoa was stripped and Boise State recovered at the BYU 23. The Broncos then gave BYU its first deficit of the season when Andrew Van Buren scored on a 1-yard run on third-and-goal to give Boise State the 17-10 lead.
BYU then tried to convert a fourth-and-2 at its own 46, but Allgeier was stopped for no gain, giving the ball back to the Broncos. Boise State drove down to the 1-yard behind the passing of Hank Bachmeier before the Broncos had to settle for a 20-yard Jonah Dalmas field goal to end the half.
Bachmeier has completed 11 of 18 passes for 93 yards and Habibi-Likio has 62 rushing yards and the score, as Boise State has 177 yards of total offense.
The Cougars have 169, though they managed just 23 in the second quarter. Jaren Hall has struggled since a strong start and is 10 of 15 for 111 yards — he completed 8 of his first 9 passes.
End of 1st quarter
BYU 10, Boise State 3
Jaren Hall is back after missing two games with a rib injury, and he’s got the BYU offense going early. Hall has completed 7 of 9 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown, a 14-yarder to Samson Nacua on the Cougars’ second possession that gave them a 10-0 lead.
BYU has 146 yards of total offense to 69 for Boise State through one quarter.
Jake Oldroyd hit a 30-yard field goal to open the scoring for BYU, while Boise State added a 41-yard field goal by Jonah Dalmas late in the quarter.
TV broadcast will start on ESPNews
BYU-Boise State football game will start on ESPNews because the Red River Rivalry (Texas-Oklahoma) is going long on ABC.