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

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 got a fourth down, as Jakob Robinson overthrew a pass.

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

BYU will run out of time to win.


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

The play went to review – trying to determine if Natsua had control and was able to get down before his hip went out of bounds – and the call stood.

Natcua had 41 receiving yards on that drive alone, and has 157 receiving yards on the night.

What a gutsy play by the Cougar receivers and great timing for BYU to snap a streak of eight straight failed fourth down attempts.


It turns into a score-for-score game: George Holani breaks several tackles and scores on an 11-yard run, and Boise State gets back in front. Boise State 28, BYU 24.

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


What was that??

Little-used backup Hinckley Ropati restored BYU’s lead, taking a screen pass 48 yards for a touchdown. BYU 24, Boise State 21.

It was the perfect answer for the Cougar offense after the Broncos marched down the field to get back in front, as BYU moved the ball 64 yards in just four plays.

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


George Holani entered the end zone on third-and-goal at the 1, restoring Boise State’s lead on a 12-play drive. Boise State 21, BYU 17.

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

Third quarter


A beautiful pass and catch turns into a 24-yard pass from Jaren Hall to Puka Natsu, and the Cougars come back. BYU 17, Boise State 14.

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

Can they seize the opportunity before them?


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

A season-high 48-yard run by Jaren Hall got the Cougars into the red zone before the drive stalled.

BYU lined up for a fourth-and-goal from the 3 before a false start (mercifully?) forced a field goal.


Is BYU in trouble after one long drive?

Despite the Cougars owning the first half statistically, Boise State is ahead after scoring on the first drive of the second half on a 9-yard catch by Eric McAlister. Boise State 14, BYU 7.

The Broncos marched 75 yards to start the second half impressively, and now the onus is on the BYU offense to turn yards into points.

Second quarter


That was brutal.

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

After a second-and-goal, following a Broncos drive, Puka Nacua caught a pass, but it was just short of the goal line, and a few seconds ticked off before BYU called a timeout with one second remaining.

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

BYU was in Boise State territory on every possession, but the Cougars’ short yardage struggles are absolutely hurting them.


Wow, what a turnover – Taylen Green fumbles as Keenan Pili forces a fumble and Tyler Batty recovers at the Boise State 10, giving BYU a chance to take the lead before halftime.


Costly, costly mistake — Isaac Rex fumbled a pass and Boise State’s Rodney Robinson intercepted Jaren Hall in the end zone, the second time BSU has had a pick deep in Broncos territory in the second quarter.

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

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

First quarter


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

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


Boise State ended a promising BYU drive, punting the Cougars’ Lopini Kato for no gain on fourth-and-1 at the BSU 33.

That’s eight straight missed fourth downs by BYU.


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

The Cougars went on a six-minute drive over the first possession of the game, 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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