The Brigham Young Cougars offense was impressive in its route of Boise State Friday night, but it was the BYU defense that made the game changing plays. There were three of them to be exact--two turnovers and one big fourth down stop.
Play 1: 4th and 1 at the BYU 12-yard line, 12:34 2nd Quarter
had taken a 10-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter while the
Boise State offense had been rendered lifeless by the Cougar D. Then
the Broncos reached into their old bag of tricks. Boise State converted a 4th and 4
from their own 41-yard line, and followed that with a pass by a wide receiver on a
reverse that went for 26 yards. Three plays later
Boise State faced another fourth down. This time, they needed just one
If Boise State converted the first down, they probably would score a touchdown. That is how much momentum they had.
a quarterback sneak, Kyle Van Noy crashed down from the end of the line
and pulled the Boise State quarterback backwards just enough to allow
the rest of the Cougar D to get enough penetration to prevent a first
Had Boise State gotten a first down, and then a touchdown,
it would have cut the BYU lead to 10-7. The complexion of the game
would have been totally different as well.
Play 2: Fumble recovery by Remington Peck at the Boise State 47-yard line, 2:25 2nd Quarter
3:45 to play before halftime, BYU scored a touchdown to go ahead 17-3.
Boise State, however, was ready to respond and made it a one touchdown
game again before the break. The Broncos had just picked up a first
down. On the next play, the Boise State quarterback completed another
pass, and the receiver had gained another 10 yards that would move the
Not giving up on the play, BYU free safety Craig
Bills came from behind and knocked the ball out. Defensive end Remington
Peck was right there to corral the ball. BYU was back in business.
In 1:41, BYU drove 47 yards and scored another touchdown to take a commanding 24-3 halftime lead.
Play 3: Fumble recovery by Kyle Van Noy at the Boise State 29-yard line, 2:00 3rd Quarter
a 40-yard touchdown pass, the BYU offense hadn't managed to do much in
the third quarter. Boise State, however, had scored 10 points to cut the
BYU lead to 31-13 with 3:44 to go in the 3rd. The Broncos defense then
forced a second straight 3-and-out for the BYU offense.
State was starting to click. Offense, defense, and special teams were
all making plays. With another score, Boise State would be in prime
position to complete a comeback in the fourth quarter.
down, Boise State completed a pass for nine yards. That would have set
up a 2nd and 1, but before the ball carrier went down Uani Unga jarred
the ball loose. Kyle Van Noy swarmed in to recover the ball.
kicked a field goal to go up by 21, and the Boise State offense
unraveled. The Broncos turned the ball over, again, on each of its next
two possessions. It was clear that a comeback was going to happen. That
first turnover flustered the Boise State offense and gave BYU the upper
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