Oklahoma's Dillon Gabriel (8) reacts after scoring a touchdown in the second half of a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov., 11, 2023.

No. 14 Oklahoma makes maiden voyage to BYU

Oklahoma is looking for consistency and BYU is looking for a win.

The 14th-ranked Sooners take on the Cougars in Provo, Utah, with plenty on the line.

For Oklahoma (8-2, 5-2 Big 12), it’s a chance to at least stay in the race to make the Big 12 Championship Game heading into the season’s final week.

BYU (5-5, 2-5) is looking to snap a three-game losing streak and clinch bowl eligibility for a sixth consecutive season.

The Cougars have struggled to adjust during their first season in the Big 12, especially on the defensive end.

After last week’s 45-13 loss to Iowa State, Cougars coach Kalani Sitake questioned whether his team believed in the defensive system. He backed off that a bit a couple days later.

“We are going against a different beast here,” Sitake said. “These are teams that have been at a Power Five level way longer than we have. I’m not making excuses. I’m just telling you, they are good players.”

Now they’ll face the top offense in the Big 12 in the Sooners, who are averaging 505.4 yards and 41.8 points per game.

BYU’s offense is last in the league in both categories, averaging 300 yards and 21.9 points.

During their current losing streak, the Cougars have been outscored 117-26.

BYU is hoping quarterback Kedon Slovis will be able to return after missing the last two games due to injury.

Junior Jake Retzlaff has started in Slovis’ place in losses to West Virginia and Iowa State.

“He is still banged up, not 100 percent yet,” Sitake said. “Last week, we felt like Jake gave us the better chance. This week, we will kinda see what it looks like.”

Oklahoma is coming off a 59-20 win over West Virginia that snapped a two-game losing streak. Both of the Sooners’ losses came on the road.

Over the last two games, senior receiver Drake Stoops has 22 catches for 298 yards and four touchdowns. He’s topped his career high in receiving yards in each game.

“Just a baller,” Sooners coach Brent Venables said of Stoops. “Just always doing the little things right. … Whether he’s cracking somebody to set up a run or a screen play or making the third-down catch, making the extraordinary catch look ordinary. And then his ability to run after the catch is different. He bounces off of guys.”

Saturday’s meeting is the third between the programs and the first since 2009.

The Cougars have won the only two meetings. They’ve never played in Provo.

While the Sooners haven’t played BYU in a while, several players on Oklahoma’s roster have, including quarterback Dillon Gabriel.

UCF, with Gabriel at quarterback, lost to BYU 49-23 in the 2020 Boca Raton Bowl.

That wasn’t one of Gabriel’s best games.

But he’s coming off his best overall game with the Sooners, with 423 yards and five touchdowns through the air and scoring three rushing touchdowns in the win over West Virginia where Gabriel moved into the top 10 in NCAA career passing yards.

“He’s a tremendous leader and a tremendous quarterback and I’d go to war with him every day,” Stoops said.

–Field Level Media

Nov 11, 2023; Provo, Utah, USA; Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Jake Retzlaff (12) warms up before the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State rolls to blowout win over BYU

Iowa State jumped out to a quick double-digit lead and dominated in a 45-13 win over BYU late Saturday night in Provo, Utah.

Rocco Becht passed for 203 yards with two touchdowns to Jaylin Noel (98 yards receiving), and Abu Sama III rushed for 110 yards and two scores as the Cyclones became bowl-eligible with their sixth victory. Eli Sanders (57 yards) and Cartevious Norton (42 yards) had rushing touchdowns.

Iowa State (6-4, 5-2 Big 12 Conference) capitalized on two BYU turnovers for a 10-0 lead 3 1/2 minutes in and never looked back after taking a 31-7 halftime lead. The Cyclones amassed 443 yards and didn’t turn the ball over while winning for the fourth time in five games.

Jake Retzlaff, starting for the second straight week for injured QB Kedon Slovis, completed 10 of 27 passes for 104 yards with two interceptions. BYU (5-5, 2-5) gained only 318 yards in a third straight blowout loss.

The game got off to a disastrous start for the Cougars, who are struggling in their first Big 12 season.

After BYU fumbled and recovered the opening kickoff, Retzlaff threw an interception, which led to a quick 4-yard touchdown pass from Becht to Noel. The Cougars coughed up the ensuing kickoff, leading to Chase Contreraz’s 31-yard field goal.

BYU responded with a 75-yard drive capped by Jojo Phillips’ 5-yard touchdown reception from Retzlaff.

The rest of the first half was as rough as the start for BYU.

The Cyclones struck again three times before halftime. Sanders scored on a 4-yard run, Norton capped an 80-yard drive with an 11-yard rushing touchdown, and Sama made several nifty cuts during a 13-yard touchdown rush.

BYU had only 6 yards passing and 97 yards of offense in the first half compared to ISU’s 235 yards.

The Cougars opened the second half with a successful trick play when receiver Parker Kingston tossed a 26-yard TD to Isaac Rex, who set a BYU record for career touchdowns by a tight end (23).

Iowa State quickly regained momentum when Becht connected with Noel on a 66-yard TD strike. Soon after, Sama broke loose for a 59-yard touchdown for the final score.

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Nov 4, 2023; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers running back Jahiem White (22) runs the ball and avoids a tackle from Brigham Young Cougars defensive end Blake Mangelson (93) during the second quarter at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

West Virginia runs all over BYU 37-7

Jahiem White and CJ Donaldson Jr. each rushed for more than 100 yards to help West Virginia run over visiting BYU 37-7 Saturday night in Morgantown, W.Va.

White carried the ball 16 times for 146 yards and Donaldson racked up 102 yards and two touchdowns for the Mountaineers (6-3, 4-2 Big 12), who became bowl eligible with their sixth win.

The Mountaineers rushed for 336 yards and piled up 567 yards of total offense. Quarterback Garrett Greene threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-24 passing.

BYU junior quarterback Jake Retzlaff, starting for the injured Kedon Slovis, passed for 210 yards and completed 24 of 42 attempts in his first FBS action.

The Cougars (5-4, 2-4) lost their second straight conference road game after compiling only 277 yards of offense, including just 67 rushing.

West Virginia scored on its opening drive to seize control early. Moments after Donaldson prolonged the possession with a fourth-down conversion run, the sophomore’s 2-yard touchdown run put the Mountaineers up 7-0.

West Virginia then forced BYU to turn it over on downs near midfield and grabbed a 14-0 lead thanks to another Donaldson scoring plunge, this one from 1 yard out. That score was set up by a 30-yard pass from Greene to Traylon Ray.

Michael Hayes made it 17-0 with a 46-yard field goal early in the second quarter after the Mountaineers again forced BYU to turn it over on downs.

Greene hooked up with Preston Fox for a 12-yard touchdown reception and Hayes chipped in a 22-yard field goal for a 27-0 halftime lead as time expired in the second quarter.

BYU’s best scoring opportunity of the first half was thwarted when Aubrey Burks stripped the ball out of Parker Kingston’s hands on the West Virginia 18-yard line after a big pickup.

Hayes hit his third field goal, a 23-yarder, and Kole Taylor hauled in a 43-yard touchdown reception for a 37-0 lead.

BYU missed a 50-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter.

Aidan Robbins finally put the Cougars on the scoreboard with a 10-yard run with 6:24 left in the game. It was BYU’s first touchdown in 10 quarters, going back to its win over Texas Tech two weeks ago.

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2023; Orlando, Florida, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Garrett Greene (6) scores a touchdown against the UCF Knights during the second half at FBC Mortgage Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

After ugly loss, BYU makes first-ever trip to WVU

Though BYU and West Virginia have the same overall records, they come into their Saturday Big 12 matchup at Morgantown, W.Va., following entirely different experiences last weekend.

In their first-ever visit to the state of West Virginia, the Cougars (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) hope to bounce back after a 35-6 road loss to then-No. 7 Texas.

The Mountaineers (5-3, 3-2) will look to keep momentum gained last week in a 41-28 win at UCF after back-to-back losses.

This will be the first Big 12 meeting between BYU and West Virginia and only the second time the programs have ever faced each other. The Mountaineers held on for a 35-32 victory over the Cougars in 2016 at Landover, Md.

West Virginia’s defense accounted for four takeaways while Mountaineers quarterback Garrett Greene rushed for three touchdowns in the victory over the Knights at Orlando. Greene completed 14 of 23 passes for 156 yards and ran for 55 yards. CJ Donaldson Jr. rushed for a season-best 121 yards for the Mountaineers, and Beanie Bishop Jr. had two interceptions.

“We just went through two really hard games. … I just felt it in our team meeting (early last week) and our guys came out and really competed (Saturday),” West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. “It’s hot, we’re not very deep, especially in some defensive areas, and we were able to overcome some injuries. That just speaks really well of our staff, support areas and our kids.”

BYU’s road trip wasn’t as productive.

Texas pummeled the Cougars, limiting them to a pair of field goals a week after BYU picked up a nice 27-14 win over Texas Tech. The Longhorns held BYU to 292 yards of total offense, took advantage of three turnovers and had a punt-return touchdown.

“It was not the outcome that we wanted,” BYU coach Kalani Sitake said. “The things that stand out to me were the missed opportunities that we had in all three phases and the inability that we had to weather some things and just take advantage of the opportunities we had.”

Both teams are one victory away from becoming bowl-eligible.

–Field Level Media

Texas Longhorns running back Jonathon Brooks scores a touchdown in the first quarter against the BYU Cougars at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday October 28, 2023.

No. 7 Texas proves to be too much for BYU

Maalik Murphy hit Adonai Mitchell on two scoring passes, Jonathon Brooks racked up 138 combined yards and a rushing touchdown, and Xavier Worthy returned a punt for another touchdown as No. 7 Texas overwhelmed visiting BYU 35-6 on Saturday in a Big 12 Conference game in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) won their second straight game and moved back into a first-place tie in the conference thanks to No. 6 Oklahoma’s loss to Kansas. Texas jumped to an early lead and was never seriously challenged despite failing to produce points on three drives inside the BYU 12.

Murphy, making his first start of the season in relief of the injured Quinn Ewers, passed for 170 yards but was also intercepted once and fumbled. Brooks amassed 98 yards on the ground and another 40 yards receiving, finishing just shy of his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season.

Kedon Slovis threw for 197 yards and two interceptions in the loss for BYU (5-3, 2-3 Big 12).

Worthy raced untouched with a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown to give the Longhorns a 7-0 lead at the 12:08 mark of the first quarter. Brooks added to the lead with a 4-yard scoring plunge off right guard with 4:10 to play in the quarter.

BYU got on the board when it drove 64 yards in 16 plays to set up a 24-yard field goal by Will Ferrin that cut the Texas lead to 14-3 with 4:57 to play in the second quarter. A 30-yard Murphy-to-Mitchell touchdown pass expanded the Longhorns’ lead to 21-3 with 58 seconds remaining before intermission.

The Cougars got a 32-yard field goal by Ferrin at the 7:58 mark of the third quarter to cut their deficit to 21-6. On Texas’ ensuing possession, it moved to the BYU 2 but failed to score when Ja’Tavion Sanders was tackled short of the end zone on fourth down.

The Longhorns were denied again after moving to the BYU 2 early in the fourth quarter as Brooks was stopped short on a run by the middle of the Cougars’ defense.

An interception and return for 45 yards by the Longhorns’ Michael Taaffe set the table for Murphy’s second TD pass to Mitchell, this one from 13 yards away, with 9:07 to play. Jaden Blue ran 34 yards for the Longhorns’ final points with 1:43 remaining.

–Field Level Media

Oct 21, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning (16) warms up prior to the game against the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

No. 7 Texas’ QB depth will be tested vs. BYU

No. 7 Texas will have plenty of questions to answer — perhaps more than at any time so far this season — when it faces BYU on Saturday in Austin, Texas, in what will be the only Big 12 Conference matchup of the teams.

The Longhorns (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) will have either Maalik Murphy, who has been the backup all season, or highly coveted freshman Arch Manning at quarterback for the contest. Starter Quinn Ewers sprained his right (throwing) shoulder late in the third quarter of their 31-24 win at Houston last week.

Ewers was listed as week-to-week by Texas coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday. Sarkisian said both Murphy, who finished 1 of 2 for 7 yards in the fourth quarter of the win over Houston, and Manning, who has not seen the field this year, would get a “ton of reps” this week and that both could play.

“What are the things that Maalik does well? What are the things that Arch does well? What do they do well and how do we ensure, ‘OK, here’s the concepts that we think they run really well,’ ” Sarkisian said about his two backups. “They don’t have to run the whole playbook. They need to run what they run really well.”

The Longhorns bounced back from a loss to then-No. 12 Oklahoma with the victory over Houston, scoring the winning touchdown on a 16-yard run by CJ Baxter with 5:37 to play. Texas sprinted to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter before giving it all back. After Baxter’s scoring run, the Longhorns’ defense repelled a final drive by the Cougars that ended at the Texas 10 with 1:03 remaining.

Jonathon Brooks led Texas with 99 yards on 20 carries and added eight catches for 51 yards, but the Longhorns finished with just 360 total yards, their second lowest output of the year.

Texas still climbed a spot in the AP poll despite its less-than-stellar effort and Ewers’ injury.

BYU (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) heads to Austin after a 27-14 home win over Texas Tech last week. The Cougars rebounded from a dismal 44-11 loss at TCU the week before. They have alternated losses and wins the past four games after starting the season with three victories.

Cougars quarterback Kedon Slovis completed 15 of his 27 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns, and LJ Martin rushed 10 times for 93 yards, though BYU produced only 277 total yards in the win.

The Cougars forced five turnovers. Eddie Heckard recovered a fumble for a touchdown and nabbed an interception, Jakob Robinson recorded his fourth interception of the season, Ethan Slade hauled in his first career interception and Tyler Batty caused a fumble on special teams that was recovered by punter Ryan Rehkow.

The Cougars’ running game remains an issue. BYU had 150 yards on the ground in the win over Texas Tech but is ranked 128th out of 130 FBS teams in yards per carry (2.78).

BYU is a win away from being bowl-eligible.

“We just do whatever it takes to win,” Cougars coach Kalani Sitake said. “There is still some room for improvement in every phase. We still have some new bodies and some new people to the scheme. They’re getting used to it. They are starting to develop rapport with each other on the line, in the passing game with our quarterback. Then on defense, (they are) understanding the scheme a little bit more.”

The Cougars have dominated the all-time series between the teams, winning four of the five games, including a 41-7 victory in Austin in 2014 in the most recent matchup.

BYU will get just the one Big 12 crack at Texas as the Longhorns are moving to the Southeastern Conference next year.

–Field Level Media

Oct 21, 2023; Provo, Utah, USA; Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Kedon Slovis (10) passes the ball against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first quarter at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

BYU handles error-prone Texas Tech

BYU’s defense took full advantage of Texas Tech’s rash of turnovers and its offense was efficient when it needed as the Cougars emerged with a 27-14 victory in a matchup of two Big 12 Conference teams desperate for a bounce back on Saturday.

With freshman quarterback Jake Strong making his first career start, the Red Raiders coughed the ball up five times to thwart just about every opportunity they had to stick close.

Strong threw three interceptions, the last when Ethan Slade pulled in a badly overthrown ball with 5:48 left in the game after Texas Tech (3-5, 2-3 Big 12) had scored its only second-half touchdown a possession earlier.

BYU (5-2, 2-2) ate up all but the final 18 seconds on the ensuing drive to seal a victory in a game where the Cougars produced only 277 total yards.

That didn’t matter because the Red Raiders constantly handed the ball back, including a fumble on a punt return that set up BYU’s only points after halftime on Will Ferring’s 41-yard field goal late in the third quarter.

Texas Tech answered when Tahj Brooks scored on a 1-yard touchdown with 8:41 left in the game to cap his 105-yard rushing night. But the Red Raiders’ next offensive series ended on the interception.

The Cougars went to halftime in full control, up 24-7 despite snapping the ball only 27 times on offense. BYU held the comfortable lead in large part because Texas Tech consistently either turned the ball over or couldn’t finish drives.

The Red Raiders racked up 233 yards in the opening 30 minutes and were 7-of-10 on third-down conversions. But a costly fumble early and a pair of interceptions squashed any chance to stick close.

After BYU hung the first points of the night on the scoreboard on a 3-yard scoring pass from Kedon Slovis to Chase Roberts to cap the opening series of the game, Texas Tech was poised to pull even when a long, grinding drive moved to the Cougars’ 13-yard-line. Three plays later, the Red Raiders went for it on fourth-and-1 from the 4, but Strong and Brooks didn’t mesh on a handoff, resulting in a 3-yard loss and a turnover on downs.

The teams exchanged punts, with the Red Raiders taking over at their own 10, and on the first play of the series, Strong and Brooks collided, the ball squirted loose, and BYU’s Eddie Heckard corralled it in the end zone for a 14-0 lead.

Texas Tech grabbed momentum briefly when Xavier White got behind the Cougars’ secondary on a wheel route and hauled in Strong’s pass for a 72-yard touchdown catch, Texas Tech’s longest pass play this season, to close the gap to 14-7 with 9:19 left in the first half.

Unfazed, Slovis led the Cougars on their best series of the night — a seven-play, 81-yard touchdown drive that ended with a 4-yard throw to Darius Lassiter. Slovis was 5-of-7 passing on the drive for 75 yards.

The Red Raiders were on the move on the ensuing drive, carving out three first downs to reach the BYU 35. But Strong’s second-down pass sailed high and Eckard picked it off. The Cougars cashed in when Will Ferrin booted a 35-yard field goal in the final minute before halftime.

–Field Level Media

Oct 14, 2023; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Josh Hoover (10) passes against the Brigham Young Cougars during the game at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

TCU routs BYU behind Josh Hoover’s first start, 4 TDs

Redshirt freshman Josh Hoover threw for 439 yards and four touchdowns in his first career start as TCU destroyed visiting BYU 44-11 in a Big 12 matchup in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday afternoon.

Hoover, taking over for the injured Chandler Morris, spread his touchdowns among four receivers and completed throws to 13 players overall. He went 37-of-58 passing with two interceptions after entering the game 14 of 23 for 171 yards in parts of five games previously.

JP Richardson made six catches for 104 yards and one score for TCU (4-3, 2-2 Big 12).

BYU quarterback Kedon Slovis managed only 152 yards passing and was intercepted once. The Cougars (4-2, 1-2) trailed 14-0 less than five minutes into the game and never threatened. They had only 27 total yards in the first quarter and were outgained 584-243 overall.

Keelan Marion rushed 3 yards for a touchdown and Chase Roberts caught the 2-point conversion for BYU with 3:15 left in the first half, but it came after TCU had built a 24-0 lead. The Horned Frogs then answered the Cougars’ score with an 81-yard march, capped by Hoover’s 7-yard pass play to Savion Williams with 40 seconds left for a 31-8 lead.

TCU added a touchdown on the first possession of the third quarter via a 14-yard pass to Warren Thompson, and the rout was on at 38-8.

BYU entered the game after a bye week, but its troubles started on the third play from scrimmage. Slovis threw an interception over the middle to Millard Bradford, who took it back 35 yards for a touchdown.

When the Cougars went three-and-out, the Horned Frogs’ offense took over. They needed only seven plays to go 68 yards, the last a 42-yard touchdown reception as Richardson bounced off a pair of would-be tacklers en route to the end zone.

TCU then added a field goal by Griffin Kell and a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jared Wiley to widen the lead to 24-0.

BYU’s Will Ferrin and Kell traded field goals in the third quarter, and Kell kicked his longest of the day, a 47-yarder, with 6:18 left in the game.

–Field Level Media

Iowa State Cyclones linebacker Zachary Lovett (0) takes down TCU Horned Frogs' quarterback Josh Hoover (10) during the third quarter in the Jack Trice Legacy Game at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, in Ames, Iowa.

Josh Hoover draws start at quarterback as TCU faces BYU

It’s rarely a surprise when a quarterback is the lead story before a big game, but Josh Hoover might feel an even bigger spotlight on him when TCU faces BYU in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday night.

Hoover, a redshirt freshman, will make his first collegiate start in the Big 12 Conference matchup after starter Chandler Morris sprained his left medial collateral ligament last weekend during a 27-14 loss at Iowa State.

The Horned Frogs fell to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play with their second straight defeat.

They were down 17-7 in the third quarter when Morris went down with the same injury that he sustained in the 2022 season opener. Hoover’s first three plays included recovering his own fumble for a 6-yard loss and a 10-yard loss on a sack. A short punt set up Iowa State for a touchdown and a 24-7 lead.

Hoover was picked off on the next possession. Iowa State went on a 72-yard drive for a field goal and a 27-7 advantage.

“When he got in the game Saturday, he threw an interception and tried to force the ball downfield,” TCU coach Sonny Dykes said. “I think given the circumstances of the game and the fact that we were behind, it’s probably a throw he doesn’t make had it not been the situation.

“I thought he played well once he settled down. I thought he did some good things, I think he showed a lot of poise and I know our players have a lot of confidence in him.”

Hoover completed 11 of 19 passes for 119 yards with one touchdown and the pick last weekend.

BYU coach Kalani Sitake said TCU’s 2022 season — which featured a trip to the College Football Playoff championship game — is enough proof not to take the Horned Frogs lightly, even with a backup quarterback.

“Chandy got hurt last year, too, … and the last guy they had that was a backup took ’em all the way to the championship game,” Sitake said. “We need to make sure that we’re on top of everything defensively to handle the best that they got.”

The Cougars (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) are coming off a bye week. They defeated Cincinnati 35-27 in Provo, Utah, on Sept. 29 despite being outgained 498 yards to 295.

BYU’s defense forced the game’s only two turnovers, including Jakob Robinson’s 42-yard pick-6.

Cougars quarterback Kedon Slovis threw for two touchdowns, giving him 10 for the season, matching his total in 11 games at Pitt last season.

–Field Level Media

Sep 29, 2023; Provo, Utah, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats safety Deshawn Pace (3) covers Brigham Young Cougars running back Miles Davis (4) in the first half at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

BYU overcomes yardage disparity to defeat Cincinnati

Kedon Slovis threw for two touchdowns and LJ Martin ran for two more Friday night as BYU won the battle of Big 12 Conference newcomers, defeating Cincinnati 35-27 in Provo, Utah.

Slovis completed 13 of 24 passes for 223 yards, including a 59-yard scoring strike to Chase Roberts with 2:53 left in the third quarter for a 28-13 lead.

Martin added a 29-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter and a 1-yard plunge with 12:41 remaining in the game that capped the scoring.

The Cougars (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) were outgained 498-295 but played cleaner football. They committed just four penalties and didn’t turn the ball over, while the Bearcats (2-3, 0-2) were flagged seven times and coughed up 14 points off two turnovers.

Quarterback Emory Jones completed 23 of 37 passes for Cincinnati, good for 256 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. His 23-yard strike to Chamon Metayer with 59 seconds remaining in the third quarter pulled the Bearcats within 28-20.

They forced a punt as the period ended, but Braden Smith fumbled it and BYU’s Austin Riggs recovered at the Cincinnati 15. Martin scored his second touchdown five plays later.

Roberts caught six passes for 131 yards and recovered an onside kick with 25 seconds left after Jones’ 31-yard touchdown pass to Smith.

BYU initiated the scoring when Jakob Robinson intercepted Jones on a third down throw at the 8:28 mark of the first quarter and returned it 42 yards. From that point, Cincinnati’s ground game dominated most of the rest of the first half.

The Bearcats tied the score at 7 with 10:59 remaining in the half on Jones’ 27-yard touchdown strike to Metayer, capping a 17-play drive that saw them run on 10 plays and eat up nearly seven minutes. A 33-yard field goal by Carter Brown put Cincinnati up 10-7 with 44 seconds left.

But the Cougars stole the halftime lead with Slovis’ 22-yard scoring pass to Darius Lassiter to finished off an 82-yard drive with six seconds on the clock, giving them a 14-10 advantage.

–Field Level Media