Highlights, key pieces and photos from BYU's 31-28 win over Boise State

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

The Deseret News provides live coverage of Saturday’s game between BYU and Boise State. Check back for updates throughout the game.

Result: BYU 31, Boise State 28

Fourth trimester


BYU had a fourth save, as Jakob Robinson knocked down a pass.

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

BYU will run out of time for the win.


BYU put the ball in the hands of their best player for perhaps the fourth most critical down of the season, as Puka Nacua caught a 6-yard touchdown on fourth base. BYU 31, Boise State 28.

The play was reviewed – trying to determine if Nacua had control and was able to land inbounds before his hip landed out of bounds – and the appeal stood.

Nacua had 51 receiving yards on that drive alone and 157 receiving yards that night.

What a brave play from receiver Cougar and a great time for BYU to snap an eight-game failed fourth down attempt streak.


It turns into 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 went for 65 yards in four plays to score, a drive that included plays for 17, 24, 13 and 11 yards.


What was that??

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

It was a perfect response for the Cougar offense after the Broncos marched down to come forward as BYU moved the ball 64 yards in just four plays.

Ropati stepped in on a night when the Cougars were shorthanded in the backfield.


George Holani entered the end zone with a third-and-a-1, restoring Boise State to the lead on a 12-game drive. Boise State 21, BYU 17.

BYU’s defense showed improvement tonight, though the Broncos had a pair of long second-half touchdowns.

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. BYU 17, Boise State 14.

It was a 78-yard drive and a much-needed response from the Cougars.

Can they capitalize on the upcoming opportunity?


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

A season-long 48-yard rush by Jaren Hall brought the Cougars into the red zone before the drive stopped.

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


Is BYU in trouble after a long touchdown drive?

Although the Cougars statistically own the first half, Boise State is ahead after scoring on the first drive of the second half on a 9-yard touchdown from Eric McAlister. Boise State 14, BYU 7.

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

second quarter


It was brutal.

BYU got a turnover from Boise State in the last 15 seconds of the half, but couldn’t score after Lopini Katoa was stopped at the goal line in the final play of the half .

At second base after a Broncos fumble, Puka Nacua caught a pass but was just short of the goal line, and seconds passed before BYU called a timeout with one second remaining.

After both teams used timeouts, Katoa was stopped short of the line.

BYU has been in Boise State territory in all possessions, but the Cougars’ short-range struggles absolutely hurt them.


Wow, what a turn of events – Taylen Green fumbles as Keenan Pili forced a fumble and Tyler Batty recovered at 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 a pick deep in Broncos territory in the second quarter.

BYU has reached Boise State territory on every trip and has only one score to show for it.

The Cougars aren’t doing much to help break their losing streak right now.

first quarter


Taylen Green hit Latrell Caples for a 16-yard touchdown pass on third down, and it’s a draw. Boise State 7, BYU 7.

The Broncos capitalized after stopping BYU on fourth down on previous possession.


Boise State shut down a promising BYU drive, stuffing Lopini Katoa of the winless Cougars on a fourth-and-one at BSU 33.

That’s eight consecutive missed fourth down attempts by BYU.


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

The Cougars put in a drive for over six minutes on the game’s first possession, using a good 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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