BYU scored 16 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 23-10 lead.
Three consecutive completions moved the Cougars to the MTSU 14-yard line with 32 seconds left in the half. A pass interference penalty gave the Cougars a first and goal from the 2-yard line and RB Michael Alisa scored on the next play to go in the half 23-10.
Taysom Hill ran 50 yards for a touchdown with 7:31 left in the quarter to give BYU a 16-10 lead. The sophomore quarterback finished with half 8-9 with 96 yards passing. He ran 12 times for 142 yards and two TDs.
The Cougars started the quarter with a safety. On the Blue Raider’s first play after a BYU fumble, RB Jordan Parker was tackled in his own end zone by Kyle Van Noy to make the score 10-9.
Junior Ross Apo had three catches for 26 yards and Van Noy had six tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass break up to go along with the safety.