Romney threw for yards and two touchdowns to help BYU upset No. The Cougars snapped a three-game losing streak with their first victory over the Broncos since He threw two scoring passes to Matt Bushman and helped deliver a second home win for the Cougars over a Top 25 opponent this season.
The Cougars' hopes for a bowl game were looking dim after blowing fourth-quarter leads in back-to-back games against Toledo and South Florida.
This time around, BYU used a big third quarter to build a large enough cushion to hold on. The Broncos trimmed an point deficit to three late in the fourth quarter. No one had their head down.
No one felt very comfortable in the situation. We all really truly believed that we were going to come out on top. Boise State was dealt a serious blow to its New Year's Six bowl hopes after just its third loss in the series with the Cougars.
BYU took its first lead at early in the third quarter when Sione Finau took an option pitch and raced 46 yards untouched for the score. Then the Cougars dug into the bag of tricks to pull away. Romney hit Bushman with a pair of touchdown passes to extend BYU's lead to late in the quarter.
On the first one, he faked a QB sneak on 4th down, popped out, and hit Bushman down the middle for 27 yards.
Then, following an interception by Jackson Kaufusi, Romney hit a wide-open Bushman down the sideline after a reverse flea flicker for a yard score.
The Cougars racked up yards on just 11 plays in the third quarter.
In the third quarter, when we had them where we wanted them, that's when it paid off being aggressive. Cord struggled in his first career start, throwing for yards, two touchdowns, and a pair of interceptions.
Boise State and BYU each scored on their opening drive, then combined for six straight three-and-outs during the second quarter. The Broncos finally broke that lengthy string of punts on their final drive before halftime, scoring on a yard field goal from Eric Sachse to take a lead into the locker room.
The Cougars scored their final two touchdowns off a fake QB sneak and a flea flicker pass. Then BYU converted a late fourth down with Kafentzis, nose tackle Khyiris Tonga, and defensive back Dayan Ghanwoloku lining up in the backfield in a rugby-like scrum formation.
BYU last beat two ranked teams in , notching wins over No.
BYU also beat a Top opponent for the second consecutive season after knocking off then-No. Cord threw a pair of costly interceptions and Boise State could not get enough done in the running game when it mattered against one of the nation's worst run defenses.
Story continues BYU: Down to their third-string quarterback, the Cougars struggled for a time to move the ball after a promising start. They generated three total yards on 13 plays in the second quarter before coming alive with three consecutive scoring drives in the third.