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Notes and quotes from BYU's 37-20 win over Boise State
Some notes and quotes from BYU's 37-20 victory over Boise State on Friday night in Provo, which was seen by a national television audience (ESPN) and a mildly disappointing crowd of 62,924 at LaVell Edwards Stadium. ...
The Cougars were hoping for a sell-out in their second-to-last home game of the season, 64,000 or so, but couldn't quite get there. Boise State fans made a strong showing. At least 3,000 folks were dressed in orange and cheering for the Broncos, by my estimation.
The Cougars (6-2) became bowl eligible with the win, and accepted an invitation to the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco on the field after the game. Coach Bronco Mendenhall has taken the Cougars to a bowl game in each of his nine seasons, and won four straight bowl games.<
Game ball has to go to Taysom Hill, doesn't it?
The sophomore from Idaho accounted for 408 yards -- 339 passing, 69 rushing -- after accounting for 545 yards last week against Houston, and had no turnovers.
"He's one of the best players I've ever coached," Mendenhall said of Hill. "He's really good."
It was Mendenhall's 80th career win, and the first win ever for BYU over Boise State. The Broncos' 21-game winning streak over Utah teams was snapped, as was their 50-game winning streak in October games.
"We have a good team. We have a good program," Mendenhall said, calling the win as important as beating Texas and Georgia Tech.
Nine different receivers caught passes, the most this season for BYU. Tight ends caught seven of those passes as the Cougars re-introduced that position to their offense. With Brett Thompson sitting out with an undisclosed injury, Kaneakua Friel caught three passes for 53 yards and Devin Mahina caught four passes for 40 yards.
Marcus Mathews and Kurt Henderson also caught passes, and Ross Apo had his third TD catch in the last two games.
But the receiving star was once again Cody Hoffman, who broke Austin Collie's career TD receptions record with a 4-yard grab at the end of the first half and now has 31. Hoffman needs just 14 receiving yards to become the school's all-time receiving yardage leader. That should come Nov. 9 at Wisconsin.
"It feels great. It feels amazing," Hoffman said. "I am almost speechless about it because it was set by such a great player [Collie] before me. It's not an easy record, and I take a lot of pride in that … Coming out of high school and barely recruited, and then to think that I'd come to a major program like this and rewrite the record book, I never thought that would happen."