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BYU football: Boise State beats Cougars 7-6

Published September 20, 2012 9:57 pm

College football • The Cougars failed to convert a 2-point try late in the fourth quarter.
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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.