Cody Hoffman’s 4-yard touchdown with 44 seconds left in the half broke the all-time record for touchdowns by a BYU receiver and gave the Cougars a 24-3 lead. The score was set up by a BYU fumble recovery. After an 11-yard catch and run by Shane Williams-Rhodes, BYU safety Craig Bills forced a fumble that was recovered by the Cougars at the BSU 39-yard line.
The Cougars outgained the Broncos 376 to 202 in the half, and BYU quarterback Taysom Hill was 21 of 28 with 253 yards and two touchdowns. Hill also rushed for one touchdown and 53 yards.
Earlier in the quarter, Hoffman’s 35-yard reception moved the ball to the BSU 37 and on the next play, Ross Apo hauled in a 37-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 17-3.
With 4:50 left in the half, the Broncos got their first score of the game. After BYU punter Scott Arellano pinned the Broncos at their own 9-yard line, Jay Ajayi rushed six times to help BSU on a 14-play, 76-yard drive that ended in a 33-yard field goal by Dan Goodale to cut the deficit to 10-3.
On BSU’s first possession of the second, the Broncos got a 34-yard completion from Matt Miller to Shane Williams-Rhodes to move the ball to the BYU 11-yard line. On fourth and one, BSU tried a quarterback sneak but was stopped short by BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy to give the ball back to the Cougars.
On the first play of the quarter, Justin Sorensen capped off a 14-play, 56-yard drive with a 28-yard field goal to give the Cougars a 10-0 lead.