NCAAF Game Recap - Boise State at Brigham Young
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:15 PM EDT

Tenn
13
Ala
35
F
LSU
36
MisSt
13
F
Clem
45
Lou
10
F
OHSt
52
NW
3
F
WVU
14
Okla
52
F
Wisc
23
Ill
24
F
Mich
21
PSU
28
F
Fla
38
SCar
27
F
KY
0
UGA
21
F
Aub
51
Ark
10
F
Oreg
35
Wash
31
F
AzSt
3
Utah
21
F
Boise
25
BYU
28
F
Kans
48
Tex
50
F
Bayl
45
OkSt
27
F
Temp
21
SMU
45
F
Minn
42
Rut
7
F
Tuls
13
Cin
24
F
Mizzu
14
Vand
21
F
Purd
20
Iowa
26
F
ULMon
7
App
52
F
SoAl
13
Troy
37
F
ULLaf
37
ArkSt
20
F
UCLA
34
Stan
16
F
Marsh
36
FlAtl
31
F
Pitt
27
Syr
20
F
UNLV
27
Fres
56
F
Kent
38
Ohio
45
F
Hou
24
UConn
17
F
IASt
34
TxTch
24
F
GATec
28
MiaFL
21
F OT
NCSt
24
BC
45
F
C Mi
38
BGSU
20
F
Toled
14
Ball
52
F
NIU
24
MiaOH
27
F
OreSt
21
Cal
17
F
TCU
17
K St
24
F
CoCar
27
GaSo
30
F(2OT)
NM
10
Wyo
23
F
Buff
21
Akr
0
F
SoFL
3
Navy
35
F
SMiss
30
LaTec
45
F
UNC
41
VaTec
43
F(5OT)
Duke
14
UVA
48
F
Ind
34
MD
28
F
Char
14
W Ky
30
F
OD
14
UAB
38
F
MidTN
30
NorTx
33
F
Rice
27
UTSA
31
F
Maine
44
Lib
59
F
WestMI
27
E Mi
34
F
Tul
17
Mem
47
F
ECU
28
UCF
41
F
Colo
10
WaSt
41
F
SDSU
27
SJSU
17
F
Army
21
GASt
28
F
UTEP
17
FLInt
32
F
TxAM
24
Miss
17
F
FlaSt
20
Wake
22
F
Ariz
14
USC
41
F
Nev
10
UtSt
36
F
AF
56
Hawaii
26
F

Oct 19, 2019, 10:15 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(14) Boise State (6-1)

7

3

0

15

25

Brigham Young (3-4)

7

0

21

0

28

BYU upsets No. 14 Boise State 28-25
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:08 AM

PROVO, Utah (AP) Facing a Top 25 team in his first career start didn't faze Baylor Romney.

Romney threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns to help BYU upset No. 14 Boise State 28-25 on Saturday night. The Cougars snapped a three-game losing streak with their first victory over the Broncos since 2015.

BYU turned to Romney, its third-string quarterback, with Zach Wilson and Jaren Hall both sidelined with injuries. He threw two scoring passes to Matt Bushman and helped deliver a second home win for the Cougars (3-4) over a Top 25 opponent this season.

"We needed a game like this to get that stone rolling again," Bushman said.

The Cougars' hopes for a bowl game were looking dim after blowing fourth-quarter leads in back-to-back games against Toledo and South Florida. This time around, BYU used a big third quarter to build a large enough cushion to hold on.

The Broncos trimmed an 18-point deficit to three late in the fourth quarter. Chase Cord hit Octavius Evans with a 13-yard TD pass and then Akilian Butler with a 5-yard TD pass to make it 28-25 with 3:17 remaining.

"There wasn't one point where we thought we were going to lose," Boise State lineman John Molchon said. "That's the one thing about us. No one had their head down. No one felt very comfortable in the situation. We all really truly believed that we were going to come out on top."

The Cougars were able to run out the clock after Austin Kafentzis picked up a yard on 4th-and-inches from the BYU 34 with 2:17 left.

Boise State (6-1) was dealt a serious blow to its New Year's Six bowl hopes after just its third loss in the series with the Cougars.

BYU took its first lead at 14-10 early in the third quarter when Sione Finau took an option pitch and raced 46 yards untouched for the score. Then the Cougars dug into the bag of tricks to pull away.

Romney hit Bushman with a pair of touchdown passes to extend BYU's lead to 28-10 late in the quarter. On the first one, he faked a QB sneak on 4th down, popped out, and hit Bushman down the middle for 27 yards. Then, following an interception by Jackson Kaufusi, Romney hit a wide-open Bushman down the sideline after a reverse flea flicker for a 39-yard score.

The Cougars racked up 196 yards on just 11 plays in the third quarter.

"Our game plan coming into this game was to be aggressive," Romney said. "We tried in the first half and it didn't really work. In the third quarter, when we had them where we wanted them, that's when it paid off being aggressive."

Cord, Boise State's No. 2 quarterback, got the call with Hank Bachmeier out because of an injury. Cord struggled in his first career start, throwing for 185 yards, two touchdowns, and a pair of interceptions.

"He had a good rhythm early on, but BYU, they have a really good defense, we know that," Broncos coach Bryan Harsin said. "They made it difficult in some of the windows."

Neither team could get much done on offense before halftime. Boise State and BYU each scored on their opening drive, then combined for six straight three-and-outs during the second quarter. The Broncos finally broke that lengthy string of punts on their final drive before halftime, scoring on a 38-yard field goal from Eric Sachse to take a 10-7 lead into the locker room.

SECOND HALF TRICKERY

BYU went to the bag of tricks against a Boise State program that has a history of success with trick plays.

The Cougars scored their final two touchdowns off a fake QB sneak and a flea flicker pass. Then BYU converted a late fourth down with Kafentzis, nose tackle Khyiris Tonga, and defensive back Dayan Ghanwoloku lining up in the backfield in a rugby-like scrum formation.

"It was just on us," Boise State defensive tackle David Moa said. "We didn't play with our fundamental techniques in those plays and BYU capitalized."

UNDERDOG POWER

The Cougars have beaten two Top 25 teams at home in the same season for the first time. BYU last beat two ranked teams in 2009, notching wins over No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 16 Oregon State and No. 22 Utah.

BYU also beat a Top-15 opponent for the second consecutive season after knocking off then-No. 6 Wisconsin last year.

THE TAKEAWAY

Boise State: With Bachmeier out, the Broncos did not possess their usual explosiveness on offense. Cord threw a pair of costly interceptions and Boise State could not get enough done in the running game when it mattered against one of the nation's worst run defenses.

BYU: Down to their third-string quarterback, the Cougars struggled for a time to move the ball after a promising start. They generated three total yards on 13 plays in the second quarter before coming alive with three consecutive scoring drives in the third.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Boise State will likely take a steep tumble in the polls after its first loss.

UP NEXT

Boise State visits San Jose State on Saturday.

BYU visits Utah State in the Battle for the Old Wagon Wheel on Saturday.

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Passing

Boise Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Cord 31 18 58.1 2 185 32 2 70.0
J. Henderson 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
BYU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. Romney 26 15 57.7 2 221 39 0 111.2

Rushing

Boise Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
G. Holani 20 97 4.8 16 0
C. Cord 7 30 4.3 14 0
BYU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Finau 11 89 8.1 46 1
L. Katoa 12 37 3.1 11 1

Receiving

Boise Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
O. Evans 5 77 15.4 32 1
J. Bates 3 39 13.0 20 0
BYU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Bushman 5 101 20.2 39 2
T. Shumway 3 74 24.7 39 0

Fumbles

Returning

Boise KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Hightower 5 18.2 0 28 0 - 0 0
BYU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
L. Katoa 2 24.0 0 26 0 - 0 0
A. Hifo 0 - 0 0 1 14.0 0 14

Punting

Boise Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Velazquez 4 160 40.0 54
BYU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Oldroyd 5 181 36.2 52

Takeaways

BYU Int Yds InTD
J. Kaufusi 1 13 0
I. Kaufusi 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Boise BYU
Points For 25 28
Total Yards 359 342
Rushing Yards 174 121
Passing Yards 185 221
Passing Completions / Attempts 18/32 15/26
Turnovers 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 25 16
Penalties - Yards 4/35 9/84
Time Of Possession 26:26 34:34
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/13 4/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 2/2
Punts - Average Yards 4/40 5/36

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Boise BYU
Boise 4:32 TD CT Thomas 12 yd run (Eric Sachse kick) 7 0
BYU 11:26 TD Lopini Katoa 4 yd run (Jacob Oldroyd kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter Boise BYU
Boise 14:32 FG Eric Sachse 38 yd FG 10 7
3rd Quarter Boise BYU
BYU 1:57 TD Sione Finau 46 yd run (Jacob Oldroyd kick) 10 14
BYU 10:11 TD Matt Bushman 27 yd pass from Baylor Romney (Jacob Oldroyd kick) 10 21
BYU 11:50 TD Matt Bushman 39 yd pass from Baylor Romney (Jacob Oldroyd kick) 10 28
4th Quarter Boise BYU
Boise 2:18 TD Octavius Evans 13 yd pass from Chase Cord (Garrett Collingham 2pt pass from Chase Cord) 18 28
Boise 11:43 TD Akilian Butler 5 yd pass from Chase Cord (Eric Sachse kick) 25 28

Game Information

Stadium: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah
Attendance: 58,930
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