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12.17.82 San Diego, Calif. (52,533) 

No. 16 Ohio State47

The Cougars had their two-game Holiday Bowl win streak snapped by Ohio State, 47-17. BYU’s bubble burst at the outset of the third quarter, when the Buckeyes reeled off 17 unanswered points. Tim Spencer blew through the Cougar defense for 167 yards, including a record-setting 61-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that put Ohio State up, 10-7. Steve Young completed 27 of 45 passes for 341 yards, but BYU had a tough time getting into the end zone. The Cougars turned the ball over to Ohio State three times inside the 30 and saw the Buckeyes convert each turnover into a score. The Cougars took the lead early in the second quarter with a seven-yard strike to Neil Balholm. But Spencer’s long gallop and a blocked punt put the Buckeyes up, 17-10, at halftime. Big fullback Vaughn Broadnax scored on the opening drive of the second half, and on the next play, Young was intercepted and Spencer ran 18 yards to put Ohio State in control for good. BYU’s only other score came midway through the fourth quarter when Gordon Hudson caught a 13-yard pass. Ohio State quarterback Mike Tomzak had only 132 yards passing and no touchdowns, but his fleet of running backs scored six times on the ground. Ten different BYU players caught passes, led by Hudson with seven receptions for 81 yards and Balholm with 58 yards receiving.

Passing Yards352132
Ohio StateSpangler 47-yard FG
BYUBalholm 7-yard pass from Young (kick)
Ohio StateSpencer 61-yard run (kick)
Ohio StateTomzak 3-yard run (kick)
BYUGunther 39-yard FG
Ohio StateBroadnax 1-yard run (kick)
Ohio StateSpencer 18-yard run (kick)
Ohio StateSpangler 37-yard FG
Ohio StateGayle 1-yard run (kick)
BYUHudson 13-yard pass from Young (kick)
Ohio StateGayle 5-yard run (kick failed) 
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