Highlights, key plays, photos from BYU’s 31-28 win over Boise State


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Score: BYU 31, Boise State 28

Fourth quarter


BYU came with a fourth-down stop when Jakob Robinson busted a pass.

Considering what this team has been through in the past month, what a big game for the Cougars and the defense.

BYU will run out of time for the win.


BYU got the ball in the hands of its best player for arguably its most critical fourth loss of the season as Puka Nacua caught a 6-yard touchdown on the fourth goal. BYU 31, Boise State 28.

The piece was reviewed — trying to determine if Nacua was in control and able to land inbounds before his hip landed outside the boundaries — and the call stood.

Nacua had 51 receiving yards on that ride alone, and has 157 receiving yards on the night.

What a brave play from the Cougar receiver and an excellent time for BYU to break a run of eight consecutive failed attempts to fourth attempt.


It’s going to be a score-for-score game: George Holani broke several tackles and scored on an 11-yard run and Boise State is back in front. Boise State 28, BYU 24.

The Broncos drove 65 yards in four games to score, a drive that included plays from 17, 24, 13 and 11 yards.


What was that??

Little-used backup running back Hinckley Ropati has put BYU back in the lead, with a 48-yard screen pass for a touchdown. BYU 24, Boise State 21.

That was a perfect response for the Cougar offense after the Broncos marched to the field to advance while BYU moved the ball 64 yards in just four plays.

Ropati was staged on a night where the Cougars were shorthanded in the backfield.


George Holani ran into the end zone on the third goal at the 1, giving Boise State back the lead on a drive of 12 play. Boise State 21, BYU 17.

BYU’s defense has shown improvement tonight, although the Broncos have some long touchdown drives in the second half.

third quarter


A nice pass and catch turns into a 24-yard touchdown pass from Jaren Hall to Puka Nacua, and the Cougars are back on their feet. BYU 17, Boise State 14.

That was a 78-meter ride and a much-needed answer from the Cougars.

Can they take advantage of the opportunities ahead?


Jake Oldroyd hit a 25-yard field goal to narrow Boise State’s lead. Boise State 14, BYU 7.

A season-long 48-yard run by Jaren Hall brought the Cougars into the red zone before the drive came to a halt.

BYU was lined up to go for a fourth goal out of 3 before a false start (luckily?) forced the field goal.

10:30 am

Is BYU in trouble after a long touchdown drive?

Despite the Cougars statistically owning the first half, Boise State leads after scoring on the first drive of the second half on an Eric McAlister 9-yard touchdown catch. Boise State 14, BYU 7.

The Broncos marched 75 yards for an impressive start to the second half, and now it’s up to the BYU offense to turn yards into points.

Second quarter


That was brutal.

BYU got a Boise State turnover in the last 15 seconds of the half, but failed to score after Lopini Katoa was stopped at the goal line in the final game of the half.

On the second goal after a fumble by Broncos, Puka Nacua caught a pass, but came just short of the goal line, and seconds ticked off before BYU called a timeout with one second left.

After both teams used timeouts, Katoa was stopped before the finish line.

BYU has been in every possession in Boise State territory, but the close-range battle of the Cougars definitely hurts them.


Wow, what a turn of events – Taylen Green fidgets as Keenan Pili forced a fumble and Tyler Batty recovered in the Boise State 10, giving BYU a chance to take the lead before halftime.


A Costly, Costly Mistake – Isaac Rex tipped a pass and Boise State’s Rodney Robinson intercepted Jaren Hall in the end zone, the second time BSU has picked a pick deep in Broncos territory in the second quarter.

BYU has reached Boise State territory on every ride and has only one score to show.

The Cougars are doing little to help themselves break their losing streak right now.

First quarter


Taylen Green hit Latrell Caples for a 16-yard touchdown pass in third place, and it’s a tie. Boise State 7, BYU 7.

The Broncos took advantage of the previous holding after BYU stopped in fourth place.


Boise State stopped a promising BYU drive and filled the Cougars’ Lopini Katoa with no win on a fourth and 1 on the BSU 33.

That’s eight straight missed fourth down attempts from BYU.


BYU strikes first, as Jaren Hall scored from a 3-yard keeper. BYU 7, Boise State 0.

The Cougars took a six-minute run on the game’s opening possession, using a strong balance of running and passing to get on the board. Hall completed 5 of 5 passes for 45 yards on the drive.


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