Sep 10, 2022; Provo, Utah, USA; Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Keanu Hill (1) catches a pass against Baylor Bears safety Al Walcott (13) and safety Christian Morgan (4) in the first half at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gabriel Mayberry-USA TODAY Sports

Lopini Katoa’s TD gives No. 21 BYU win over No. 9 Baylor in 2OT

Lopini Katoa scored the decisive touchdown in the second overtime as No. 21 BYU recorded a 26-20 victory over No. 9 Baylor in nonconference play on Saturday night at Provo, Utah.

The Cougars’ defense stopped the Bears on their second possession to seal the win and avenge last season’s 38-24 road loss to Baylor.

Jaren Hall completed 23 of 39 passes for 261 yards and one touchdown for BYU (2-0). Hall also caught a touchdown pass from Chase Roberts, who had eight receptions for 122 yards and one score.

Blake Shapen was 18-of-28 passing for 137 yards and one touchdown for Baylor (1-1). Qualan Jones rushed for two scores and Ben Sims had a touchdown catch.

Hall completed a 20-yard pass to Keanu Hill in the second overtime, which set up Katoa’s 3-yard scoring run. The two-point conversion failed, leaving BYU ahead by six.

Baylor relied on the ground game on their second possession, but two false start penalties created a fourth-and-goal from the Cougars 11-yard line. Shapen’s last-ditch throw was over the head of Seth Jones.

Both teams missed field goals in the first possession of overtime.

Baylor’s Isaiah Hankins lined up for a 43-yard field goal, but his kick missed way to the right.

BYU played conservatively on its possession before Jake Oldroyd was wide left from 37 yards. Oldroyd also was wide left on a 35-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining in regulation.

The Cougars took a 20-13 lead on a double-pass trick play with 1:28 remaining in the third quarter.

Hall threw the ball backward to his left to Roberts, who then tossed the ball forward to Hall on the right. With three blockers in front of him, Hall scampered down the right sideline for the score.

Baylor answered with a 12-play, 79-yard drive with Shapen hitting Sims from 4 yards out to knot it at 20 with 10:01 to play.

The Cougars struck for Oldroyd’s 27-yard field goal on their opening possession. Baylor finally got on the board with 1:37 left in the first half on Qualan Jones’ 1-yard run but the extra point try by Hankins clanked off the right upright.

Hall threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Roberts with two seconds left to give BYU a 10-6 halftime lead.

Baylor took a 13-10 lead on Qualan Jones’ 7-yard run with 10:53 left in the third quarter. BYU knotted the score on Oldroyd’s 39-yard field goal with 6:15 remaining.

–Field Level Media

Houston quarterback Clayton Tune (3) warms up behind Houston offensive lineman Tank Jenkins (72) before the Birmingham Bowl at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday December 28, 2021.

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No. 25 Houston visits Texas Tech after close call

Two teams that experienced completely different season-opening victories will meet when No. 25 Houston visits Texas Tech on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas.

While the Red Raiders built a 32-point halftime lead against visiting Murray State and cruised to a 63-10 win, the Cougars gave up a game-tying field goal to Texas-San Antonio on the final play of regulation before prevailing 37-35 in triple overtime.

Texas Tech (1-0) and Houston (1-0) each benefited from solid quarterback play.

Red Raiders backup Donovan Smith completed 14 of 16 passes for 221 yards and four touchdowns after taking over when Tyler Shough injured his left (non-throwing) collarbone in the first quarter. Shough had completed six of his 10 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown before suffering the injury that is expected to sideline him for several weeks.

Still, the Red Raiders found the end zone on six straight possessions in the first half.

Texas Tech third-string quarterback Behren Morton was 7-of-10 passing for 97 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He’s now second string behind Smith.

“We are going to prepare for both,” Cougars coach Dana Holgorsen said. “I don’t think their offense is going to change regardless of which one is out there.”

Houston’s Clayton Tune completed 22 of 32 passes for 206 yards and three scores and ran for a team-high 51 yards and a touchdown. He also had the game-winning two-point conversion run in the third overtime. The Roadrunners failed to tie the game on their possession when their conversion pass fell incomplete.

Texas Tech outgained Murray State 605-258 and surrendered just 10 first downs, including none in the second half. Meanwhile, Houston’s defense struggled against the Roadrunners, who amassed 441 yards, including 337 through the air, and led 21-7 entering the fourth quarter before the Cougars rallied.

The Red Raiders have beaten the Cougars in each of the past four meetings and in nine of the past 10 contests, including a come-from-behind 38-21 victory in last season’s season-opening game at NRG Stadium in Houston. Texas Tech scored 31 unanswered points in the second half to rally from a 21-7 halftime deficit.

The Red Raiders will be looking to knock off a Top 25 opponent for the first time since beating No. 21 Oklahoma State in 2019.

While the teams’ meeting on Saturday is a nonconference game, it won’t be in the future as Houston prepares to jump from Conference USA to the Big 12.

“Houston, they are a Big 12 opponent,” Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire said. “This is not a Group of Five team or a lower-level team. They’re a ranked opponent, and we’re going to see each other for a long time, so this is going to be a really good test.

“This is a conference opponent, just getting to play it a year earlier. I’m excited about that.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 4, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats linebacker Deshawn Pace (20) and cornerback Arquon Bush (9) take down Houston Cougars wide receiver Nathaniel Dell (1) in the first half during the American Athletic Conference championship game at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

No. 4 Cincinnati rolls by No. 21 Houston, awaits playoff fate

The No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats likely secured their place in history with a 35-20 win against visiting No. 21 Houston in the American Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday.

Cincinnati (13-0) will learn Sunday if it is the first school outside a Power Five conference (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC) to be selected for the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014.

Bearcats coach Luke Fickell was asked after the game why his team deserved to reach the final four, as determined by the CFP selection committee.

“Because they’ve done everything they’ve been asked to do,” he said. “We weren’t worried about that. We wanted to win a championship.

“I kept telling them if you take care of the stuff on the field, everything else will take care of itself. This is a really good football team that deserves everything.”

Desmond Ridder, who finished his career 26-0 at home as a starter, threw for three touchdowns and Jerome Ford had scoring runs of 79 and 42 yards.

Leading 14-13 at the half, the Bearcats scored 21 unanswered points in a 4:24 stretch of the third quarter against the Cougars (11-2). The spree started with scores 58 seconds apart to make it 28-13.

First, Ridder had an 8-yard TD to Leonard Taylor. The Bearcats got the ball back on Houston’s first snap when Joel Dublanko intercepted Clayton Thune and returned it nine yards to the Cougars’ 23.

One play later, Alec Pierce caught a 21-yard TD. Ford rushed for a 42-yard score to make it 35-13 at the 7:38 mark.

The game started well for Houston with a field goal on its first drive.

Ridder then threw a 25-yard TD to Tyler Scott to complete an 82-yard drive. The Cougars went 74 yards and assumed a 10-7 lead on a Tune-to-Nathaniel Dell strike of 16 yards.

But on Cincinnati’s next play from scrimmage after going down by three again, Ford bolted 79 yards for a 14-10 lead.

Houston coach Dan Holgorsen said after the game he was impressed with the Bearcats.

“I honestly saw a championship team in Cincinnati,” Holgorsen said. “I’m proud of our kids. We gave it everything we could this week. We were ready to play.

“This is a very determined Cincinnati team that’s about to make history for a Group of Five school.”

Ford ran for 187 yards on 18 carries for Cincinnati and Ridder was 11-for-17 passing for 190 yards.

Tune completed 17 of 26 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns for Houston, but he had one pass intercepted and was sacked eight times.

A 21-16 win by No. 9 Baylor against No. 5 Oklahoma State in the Big 12 championship earlier in the day bodes well for Cincinnati being selected for the CFP. The Bearcats defeated No. 6 Notre Dame 24-13 in October — at Notre Dame, no less.

–Field Level Media

Nov 26, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington State Cougars quarterback Jayden de Laura (4) passes against the Washington Huskies during the second quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Washington State rolls past Washington to snap Apple Cup losing streak

Max Borghi rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns as Washington State snapped a seven-game losing streak against rival Washington and kept its hopes alive for a berth in the Pacific-12 Conference championship game with a 40-13 victory Saturday in the Apple Cup in Seattle.

The Cougars (7-5 overall, 6-3 Pac-12) could finish in a three-way tie for the North Division title if Oregon State were to upset Oregon on Saturday. WSU would have the tiebreaker against the Beavers and Ducks on the basis of its 4-1 record in divisional play and would advance to next week’s Pac-12 championship game in Las Vegas.

Quarterback Jayden de Laura was 27-of-32 for 245 yards against the Huskies’ nation-leading pass defense.

Freshman Sam Huard got his first start for the Huskies (4-8, 3-6), who failed to qualify for a bowl game for the first time since 2009. Huard was 17 of 31 for 190 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions, one of which was returned for a score.

After leading 13-7 at halftime, the Cougars pulled away by tallying the first 17 points of the second half.

Borghi scored on a 1-yard run midway through the third quarter and Dean Janikowski added a 41-yard field goal, his third of four in the game.

Deon McIntosh scored on a 2-yard run with 14:23 remaining to make it 30-7.

Huard threw a 16-yard scoring strike to Rome Odunze with 11:55 left.

Janikowski kicked a 39-yarder and Armani Marsh returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown to cap the scoring.

The Cougars opened a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, outgaining the Huskies 153-2.

WSU took the opening kickoff and went 75 yards in seven plays, with Borghi scoring on a 32-yard run around the right end as he eluded four defenders inside the 10-yard line.

Janikowski kicked field goals of 31 and 25 yards, the latter making it 13-0 midway through the second quarter.

Huard then directed a nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive, capped by Kamari Pleasant’s 10-yard run.

Janikowski missed a 48-yard field goal attempt wide left on the final play of the half, leaving WSU with a 13-7 lead.

The Cougars finished with a 454-200 edge in total offense and had 26 first downs to UW’s 11. WSU possessed the ball for 41:25.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2021; Provo, Utah, USA; Brigham Young Cougars running back Tyler Allgeier (25) reacts after his first quarter touchdown against the Idaho State Bengals at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

No. 13 BYU visits USC aiming for continued success vs. Pac-12

No. 13 BYU can secure consecutive double-digit-win seasons and complete a regular-season sweep of Pac-12 Conference competition on Saturday when it visits Southern California in Los Angeles.

Since dropping consecutive decisions midway through the season, the Cougars (9-2) have rolled off four straight wins. Another on Saturday would give them 10-plus for a second straight year, a feat not achieved at BYU since the program reached the 10-win milestone four consecutive times from 2006-09.

“I know that everyone wants to talk about possibilities and future opponents,” Cougars coach Kalani Sitake said in his Monday press conference. “We are just focused on this game and this opportunity.”

USC (4-6) is BYU’s fifth Pac-12 opponent in 2021. The Cougars opened the campaign with a 24-16 defeat of Arizona, knocked off rival Utah and Arizona State in the following two weeks, then outlasted Washington State on Oct. 23.

None of the four scored more than 19 points on a BYU defense holding opponents to an average of 23.6 points per game. In their current winning streak, the Cougars have held three of their last four opponents to fewer than 20 points, including their most recent outing.

BYU pitched a second-half shutdown in last week’s 34-17 win at Georgia Southern — a program that, earlier this month, announced the hire of Clay Helton to fill its head-coaching vacancy for the 2022 season.

Helton was fired at USC in September following a blowout loss to Stanford. His tenure included a Rose Bowl win to cap the 2016 season and a conference championship in 2017, but also featured several disappointments, including the program’s first losing record since 2000 in 2018.

Under Helton’s interim replacement, Donte Williams, USC is in danger of finishing below .500 again. The Trojans need to win their final two regular-season games to earn bowl eligibility and avoid a losing campaign.

USC dropped its last two, including a 62-33 rout last week against rival UCLA. The Trojans surrendered four rushing touchdowns for a second consecutive game, and allowed a combined 542 rushing yards in losses to the Bruins and Arizona State.

BYU comes in boasting one of the nation’s most prolific ball-carriers in running back Tyler Allgeier. The native of nearby Fontana, Calif., returns to southern California averaging 118.5 rushing yards per game with 18 touchdowns.

Saturday’s matchup could come down to which offense more effectively establishes its run game, as Williams touted USC’s ground attack as an underrated strength.

“We came into this year, nobody expected us to be a good running team,” Williams said during his Sunday night media availability. “When we actually call running plays, we actually do a darn good job running the football.”

The Trojans operate a spread air-raid offense, a pass-happy descendant of the scheme Hall of Fame BYU coach LaVell Edwards popularized in the 1980s and 1990s. USC has mixed in almost 140 rushing yards per game in its version of the system, and Trojans ball-carriers are averaging 4.4 yards per carry.

USC recorded a net total of 159 rushing yards last week vs. UCLA, a figure somewhat skewed by the three sacks quarterback Jaxson Dart took in his first career start. Running back Keaontay Ingram gained 96 yards on 17 carries, and backfield mate Vavae Malepeai rushed for three touchdowns.

As for Dart, the Utah native will make the start again this week in place of injured Kedon Slovis. Dart threw for 325 yards and a touchdown against UCLA, but was intercepted twice. He faces a BYU secondary with two players, Malik Moore and Jakob Robinson, who each have three picks this season.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2020; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Tigers running back Kylan Watkins (17) celebrates during the second half against the Houston Cougars at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Ranked by CFP for first time, No. 24 Houston focused on Memphis

Coach Dana Holgorsen has steered No. 24 Houston through all the pitfalls that annually accompany a regular-season schedule, keeping the dizzying highs and sobering lows in the proper perspective while advancing the Cougars to the brink of a significant accomplishment.

With their 37-8 road victory over the Temple Owls last Saturday, the Cougars (9-1, 7-0 AAC) not only extended their winning streak to nine consecutive games, they also clinched a berth in the conference championship game for the first time since winning the league crown in 2015. The Cougars are likely to face No. 5 Cincinnati (10-0, 6-0) in what could be an anticipated showcase of the only two teams left unbeaten in conference play.

But the Cougars would need to defeat the visiting Memphis Tigers (5-5, 2-4) on Friday at TDECU Stadium to complete their first unblemished conference slate since 2011. Before the Cougars can shift their attention to Cincinnati or a conference title, they must zero in on Memphis first. The Tigers have won five consecutive games in the series.

“It’s not what our focus is right now. It’s a goal,” Holgorsen said of qualifying for the conference championship game. “I’m proud of the guys for accomplishing their goal. We’ve got unfinished business here before we start thinking about that.

“It’s good for the program. It’s a goal that we wanted to achieve and we checked that off. There’s still a lot of football to be played and our focus is going to be on Memphis.”

The Cougars are unbeaten through seven weeks of a conference slate for just the third time. They have relied on offensive balance, with freshman running back Alton McCaskill accounting for two touchdowns against Temple to set a program freshman record with 14 rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Clayton Tune has passed for 2,448 yards and 21 touchdowns with Nathaniel Dell (58 receptions for 865 yards and eight touchdowns) serving as his primary target.

A defense that allowed on average nearly 40 points in wins over SMU and USF recovered to surrender just 10 first downs and 48 total plays against Temple. The Cougars are rounding into form at the perfect time, but one more obstacle remains before their work is complete.

“That game is big,” Holgorsen said. “That’s a rival game, a conference game, the last home game, Senior Night. Friday night ESPN game. We should have a great crowd. That’s our focus here moving forward right now.”

The Tigers have dropped five of seven following a 3-0 start, including last week’s 30-29 overtime loss to East Carolina. Memphis has lost four games by one score to undermine early-season momentum.

“Obviously I had to put that chapter to close quickly and jump on Houston in a short week,” Memphis coach Ryan Silverfield said. “They’ve won nine straight by (an average) margin of 22 points. They’re rolling and red hot and we’ve got to play in a tough environment at their place.

“We know what’s at stake, but we know our guys will continue to fight and look for a great week of preparation.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA;  Houston Cougars wide receiver Nathaniel Dell (1) celebrates his touchdown during the first half against the Grambling State Tigers at TDECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Epic win, national ranking propel No. 20 Houston into USF matchup

No. 20 Houston will ride a wave of momentum created by a seven-game win streak and an electric victory when it plays South Florida on Saturday night in an American Athletic Conference game in Tampa.

Houston (7-1, 5-0) heads to South Florida after a rousing 44-37 home victory over previously undefeated SMU last week.

Houston won on Marcus Jones’ 100-yard kickoff return in the final seconds.

The win allowed Houston its first ranking in the Top 25 since Oct. 28, 2018, when it landed at No. 17. The team remained in the poll for just one week.

The Cougars’ win streak is their longest since winning eight straight from Nov. 27, 2015-Sept. 29, 2016.

“Any time you get an emotional game like that, whether you win or whether you lose, you’ve gotta move on,” Houston coach Dana Holgorsen said. “We’re in a good spot. We’re 5-0 and in first place in the conference, so how hard do we want to work to stay there? That’s going to be the message going forward.”

The Cougars also received huge performances from wide receiver Nathaniel Dell (nine catches for 165 yards and three touchdowns) and quarterback Clayton Tune (a career-high 412 yards and four touchdowns passing) to survive SMU.

Dell posted the first three-TD performance for a Cougars receiver since 2018 and garnered AAC offensive player of the week honors. Jones received the conference’s special-teams player of the week award for his game-winning, walk-off return.

Houston is one of two unbeaten teams in the AAC — along with No. 2 Cincinnati — and will need to continue to win to qualify for the AAC championship game on Dec. 4.

South Florida (2-6, 1-3) returns home with anything but momentum following a 29-14 loss at East Carolina on Oct. 28, the Bulls’ fourth setback in the past five games.

The Bulls’ defense forced three turnovers in the loss, played in periodic heavy rain, but South Florida lost the ball four times – on a fumble and three interceptions, one of which was return by East Carolina for a TD.

Freshman Katravis Marsh passed for 192 yards and a touchdown in his second career start at quarterback for the Bulls, and Kelly Joiner Jr. ran for 103 yards on just 12 carries. South Florida averaged 6.4 yards per snap on just 60 plays but were doomed by turnovers.

The Bulls were 0 for 7 on third-down conversion attempts and 2 of 4 on fourth-down tries, and struggled mightily in the second half after going to the break ahead 14-6.

“It was a disappointing finish,” South Florida coach Jeff Scott said. “I felt like our guys played pretty well in the first half. But in the second half, we just couldn’t get off the field on third down and we couldn’t convert on third down. That’s kind of where the game was won and lost right there in the second half.

“Hopefully this nine-day break that we’re going to have before the next game will give us a chance to get some things figured out.”

Houston and South Florida are meeting for the eighth time, with the Cougars holding a 5-2 edge highlighted by five consecutive victories (2013-present).

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Provo, Utah, USA; Brigham Young Cougars running back Tyler Allgeier (25) congratulates Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Jaren Hall (3) for his first quarter touchdown against the Virginia Cavaliers at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

No. 17 BYU rolls out record-setting offense vs. Idaho State

Keeping pace with BYU has been a difficult task for Idaho State. And this version of the Cougars might be the most explosive to date.

This is the reality ahead for Idaho State in Provo, Utah on Saturday.

BYU (7-2) is hosting the Bengals for the fourth time since leaving the Mountain West Conference in 2011. Idaho State lost all three previous games by an average margin of 43.6 points and is 0-6 all-time against the Cougars.

BYU posted a record-setting 66-49 victory over Virginia last week. The Cougars and the Cavaliers combined for 1,322 total yards and 115 points — setting a LaVell Edwards Stadium record. BYU totaled 734 yards and finished with at least 300 passing yards and 300 rushing yards in the same game for the first time since 2005 and only the fourth time in school history.

“Defensive coaches don’t really like this game, but it felt like an old-school BYU type of game,” BYU coach Kalani Sitake said.

Tyler Allgeier and Jaren Hall have taken turns providing fuel for the Cougars’ roaring offense. Both players had career bests against Virginia — Allgeier rushed for 266 yards and five touchdowns while Hall threw for 349 yards and three TDs.

Allgeier currently leads the nation with 16 rushing touchdowns, ranks third in total rushing yards (1,127) and is fifth in total all-purpose yards (1,231).

Hall’s evolution as a quarterback has been a difference maker in recent weeks. Since coming back from a rib injury, he has had three 300-yard passing games in his last four games. Coupled with his natural mobility, Hall is making it tough for other teams to game plan against him.

“He seems to know where to go with the ball no matter what the defense does,” Sitake said.

Stopping a resurgent BYU offense keyed by Hall and Allgeier offers a major hurdle to a beleaguered Idaho State team taking a pause from Big Sky Conference play this week. The Bengals (1-7) are tied for 99th in the FCS in scoring defense, allowing 33.75 points per game. They are 112th among FCS teams in total defense, yielding 448.9 yards per contest.

Idaho State has had issues on both sides of the ball. The Bengals have mustered more than 21 points in a game just once this season.

Stepping out of league play this late in the season to face a Top 25 opponent isn’t ideal, but it offers Idaho State a rare spotlight and chance to build positive momentum for next season.

“You just got to switch your mind frame,” Bengals coach Rob Phenicie said. “You go in to compete, you go in to win. But you have something more to play for in conference play.”

BYU has not lost to an FCS opponent since the NCAA created Division 1-AA in 1978. The Cougars have not suffered a defeat to a current member of the Big Sky Conference since falling 12-0 to Montana in 1959.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Washington State Cougars running back Max Borghi (21) runs with the ball against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Washington State upsets turnover-prone Arizona State

Washington State scored 24 points off five Arizona State turnovers and Calvin Jackson Jr. finished with 139 yards on eight receptions in the Cougars’ 34-21 win Saturday against Arizona State at Tempe, Ariz.

The Cougars (5-4, 4-2 Pac-12) were 16-point underdogs entering the game.

Arizona State (5-3, 3-2) lost its first game at home this season after starting 4-0. The five turnovers were the most for the Sun Devils since 2010.

Washington State’s Jayden de Laura completed 17 of 27 passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

The Cougars surpassed 100 yards rushing against Arizona State for the first time since 2005, reaching 166 behind 68 yards on 16 carries by Deon McIntosh and 67 yards on 12 rushes by Max Borghi.

Arizona State’s Jayden Daniels threw two interceptions for the first time in his three-year career. He completed 23 of 35 passes for 228 yards with a touchdown.

Washington State took advantage of Arizona State’s turnover issues in the first half to take a 28-7 lead at halftime.

Two fumbles and an interception led to three touchdowns for the Cougars.

Six plays after Justus Rogers recovered a fumble at the Arizona State 20, Washington State scored on a 1-yard run by de Laura to give the Cougars a 7-0 lead with 9:44 left in the first quarter.

Arizona State drove to the Washington State 30-yard line, but an interception thrown by Daniels was turned into another touchdown possession for the Cougars.

Washington State started at its 13, and six plays later, de Laura connected with Travell Harris on a 28-yard touchdown pass with 1:15 left in the first quarter to give the Cougars a 14-0 lead.

De Laura led a 13-play, 80-yard scoring drive in Washington State’s next possession that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by McIntosh with 5:09 left in the first half.

An Arizona State fumble again resulted in a score when de Laura completed a 45-yard pass to Jackson with 1:50 left in the half.

The Sun Devils cut the lead to 28-7 on a 12-yard pass from Daniels to LV Bunkley-Shelton with 23 seconds left, capping an 11-play, 78-yard drive that took less than 2 minutes.

Washington State’s lead became 31-7 on a Dean Janikowksi 40-yard field goal with 14:54 left in the game after Daniels’ second interception.

–Field Level Media