In what is probably the closest thing to a heated rivalry as we are going to get, the Broncos (6-0) travel to Provo, Utah to face off against the Cougars (2-4) in an out of conference matchup for the Broncos late in the season. BYU is coming off a close loss against the USF Bulls from last week. The Broncos, of course, are riding high from a win at home against Hawaii.
Chase Cord made his first collegiate start while Hank Bachmeier dressed and warmed up. The Broncos confirmed, “no one was out,” so it appeared that Bachmeier is sitting out but possible to play.
The first quarter saw both teams answer the opening bell. Broncos had the ball first and Cord was able to direct the offense down the field quickly and efficiently in nine plays to score first. CT Thomas rushed in with an end around.
Not to be outdone, the Cougars went 78 yards on 16 plays to score the equalizer.
After that... not a whole lot to talk about.
Chase Cord did throw an interception that allowed the Cougars to drive down the field to the Bronco 21. The defense—fortunately—did hold BYU from scoring. And then the Cougars missed the ensuing field goals.
Both teams’ defense buckled up to create some stops on both sides. That or both offenses decided to take some naps.
The second quarter for both teams resulted in three-straight punts. The cycle was finally broken when Eric Sachse kicked a 28-yard field goal to get the Broncos the lead going into the half.
After the half, the Cougars were ready to play. Broncos, not so much.
Three straight touchdowns from BYU (two off of trick plays) put the Broncos in a 28-10 hole entering the fourth quarter.
The Broncos were able to sustain a drive at the end of the third/beginning of the fourth to get a touchdown pass from Chase Cord to Octavius Evans. The Broncos went for two, a pass to Garrett Collingham, and succeeded. The Broncos only down two scores, 28-18.
The Broncos were able to march down the field midway through the fourth quarter with Cord hitting Octavius Evans with some great passes. Cord hits Evans for the last TD for the Broncos to make the game 28-25.
Unfortunately BYU was able to drain the last several minutes of the clack, including getting a crucial first down on fourth and one to seal the game.
Though this game doesn’t diminish the MWC title hopes, the NY6 chances certainly took quite the hit. While still possible, it will take some working by a lot of other schools. Broncos Lose a heartbreaker 28-25.