The Boise State Broncos narrowly defeated the BYU Cougars, 7-6, in a game where neither offense had much to shout about. Defensive tackle Michael Atkinson gave the Broncos their only score of the evening on a pick-six, and BYU's lone scoring drive came up short when they failed to take the lead on a two-point conversion.
Boise State's offense plugged away all night without much to show for it. Quarterback Joe Southwick went 12-for-25 for 145 yards, and D.J. Harper collected 112 yards on 31 carries. Of the 12 Broncos drives, five resulted in punts, one was a missed field goal, five were turnovers on downs because the team abandoned kicking field goals after the miss, and one was the final drive as the clock ran out.
BYU's offense fared even worse, turning the ball over five times. Senior quarterback Riley Nelson was benched, and freshman Taysom Hill led the Cougars on their only scoring drive, a 95-yard march for a touchdown that resulted in the failed two-point conversion.