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GAMEDAY College Football

Brigham Young 31, Boise State 28

By JASON CHATRAW
Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho - Puka Nacua caught 14 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns, including an acrobatic catch for the go-ahead score with 1:46 remaining, Jaren Hall passed for 377 yards and BYU defeated Boise State 31-28.

BYU (5-5) snapped a four-game losing streak in the final match-up of a 12-game series with neighboring Boise State. It was only the second time the Cougars won on the Broncos' famed blue turf.

Boise State (6-3) saw its four-game winning streak snapped as the Broncos' nationally second-ranked defense surrendered 532 yards, a season high.

Trailing 28-24 with 6:28 remaining, Hall cobbled together a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended when Nacua made a juggling 6-yard touchdown reception on fourth down. He twisted in the air while securing control of the ball and then tapped his feet down.

BYU dominated the first half on the stat sheet, but not the scoreboard as the half finished with the score knotted at 7.

The Cougars passed up a chip-shot field goal on fourth-and-goal from the half-foot line with one second remaining in the half. But after four combined timeouts in a game of cat-and-mouse, Lopini Katoa's dive off right tackle was stuffed by Boise State's Ezekiel Noa at the goal line.

But that was a decision BYU coach Kalani Sitake won't be scrutinized for too much after the Cougars escaped with a victory.

Boise State, which mustered only 76 yards of offense in the first half, found its rhythm in the second half and turned the game into a see-saw affair. There were six lead changes in the second half as neither defense had much of an answer for the offensive explosion.

THE TAKEAWAY

BYU: During the Cougars' four-game losing streak, their defense struggled, giving up over 400 yards in every loss and over 500 yards twice. But the Cougars answered the bell, holding Boise State to under 400 yards, a feat they hadn't accomplished since their last win, a 38-26 victory over Utah State.

Boise State: The Broncos fledgling hopes of playing in a New Year's Six game vanished with the loss, but they remain in control of their fate in the Mountain West. If Boise State wins its final three conference games, it will host the Mountain West title game, a notion nearly unthinkable at the end of September after losing 27-10 to UTEP.

November 5, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter BYUBoise
BYU TD 8:48 Jaren Hall 3 yard TD run (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 7 0
Boise TD 0:36 Latrell Caples 16 yard TD pass from Taylen Green (Jonah Dalmas Extra Point) 7 7
Third Quarter BYUBoise
Boise TD 10:30 Eric McAlister 9 yard TD pass from Taylen Green (Jonah Dalmas Extra Point) 7 14
BYU FG 6:26 Jake Oldroyd 25 yard field goal 10 14
BYU TD 0:25 Puka Nacua 24 yard TD pass from Jaren Hall (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 17 14
Fourth Quarter BYUBoise
Boise TD 9:45 George Holani 1 yard TD run (Jonah Dalmas Extra Point) 17 21
BYU TD 8:12 Hinckley Ropati 48 yard TD pass from Jaren Hall (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 24 21
Boise TD 6:28 George Holani 11 yard TD run (Jonah Dalmas Extra Point) 24 28
BYU TD 1:46 Puka Nacua 6 yard TD pass from Jaren Hall (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 31 28
Team Stats
  BYU Boise State
First downs 26 17
  Rushing 6 9
  Passing 18 8
  Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Efficiency 6-12, 50% 4-10, 40%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 32-155 30-104
Passing Yards 377 220
Return Yards 34 56
Completions-Attempts-Int 29-42-2 17-23-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 1-10
Punts 1 4
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 4-20 4-45
BYU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Hall 29 42 377 3 2
Boise State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Green 17 23 220 2 0
BYU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Hall 12 82 6.8 1
L. Katoa 12 46 3.8 0
H. Ropati 5 28 5.6 0
P. Nacua 1 1 1.0 0
Boise State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
G. Holani 20 73 3.7 2
T. Green 6 19 3.2 0
A. Jeanty 4 12 3.0 0
BYU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
P. Nacua 14 157 11.2 2
H. Ropati 3 82 27.3 1
C. Roberts 2 38 19.0 0
B. Cosper 2 34 17.0 0
K. Hill 4 23 5.8 0
L. Katoa 2 21 10.5 0
I. Rex 1 14 14.0 0
M. Wake 1 8 8.0 0
Boise State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Caples 5 81 16.2 1
S. Cobbs 3 50 16.7 0
E. McAlister 2 33 16.5 1
R. Smith 2 24 12.0 0
T. Hopper 2 9 4.5 0
G. Holani 1 8 8.0 0
D. Koetter 1 8 8.0 0
B. Bowens 1 7 7.0 0
BYU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Boise State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Skinner 1 16
R. Robinson 1 0
BYU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Rehkow 1 38 38.0
Boise State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Ferguson-Reynolds 4 174 43.5
BYU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Boise State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
BYU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Gunther 1 11 11.0
H. Nyberg 1 23 23.0
Boise State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Crowe 1 11 11.0
C. Wright 1 29 29.0
BYU Missed FG
Player Length
Boise State Missed FG
Player Length




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