BYU football: Boise State beats Cougars 7-6
College football • The Cougars failed to convert a 2-point try late in the fourth quarter.
Published: September 20, 2012 09:57PM
Updated: September 21, 2012 05:41PM
BYU running back Michaeel Alisa is stopped near the goal line by the Boise State defense in the first half Thursday Sept. 20, 2012 at Bronco Stadium in Boise.

Boise, Idaho • In a game that might have set BYU offensive football back decades, the Cougars could not overcome their ineptitude enough to beat Boise State at Bronco Stadium.

Scoreboard: BSU 7, BYU 6.

BYU’s offensive troubles lasted most of Thursday night. It threw the ball for a mere 61 yards. Still, near the end, the Cougars had a chance to win. Led by freshman quarterback Taysom Hill, who replaced starter Riley Nelson midway through the third quarter, BYU stirred an 11-play, 95-yard drive that ended in a 4-yard Hill touchdown run with 3:37 remaining.

Rather than kick the PAT and settle for a tie and possible overtime, the Cougars went for 2, a play during which Hill rolled right and attempted to hit Cody Hoffman in the end zone. Under pressure, Hill’s pass was tipped and the ball bounced to the blue turf, ending the threat.