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Puka Nacua, BYU Beat Boise State To Snap Losing Streak

Nov 5, 2022, 8:23 PM | Updated: 8:24 pm
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BYU wide receiver Puka Nacua (Courtesy of BYU Photo)
(Courtesy of BYU Photo)

BOISE, Idaho – Puka Nacua and the BYU Cougars beat the Boise State Broncos on the blue turf to snap a four-game losing streak and improve to .500 on the season.

The Broncos hosted the Cougars at Albertsons Stadium on Saturday, November 5.

BYU defeated Boise State, 31-28.

Nacua had a career night with 14 receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cougars.

Pregame

BYU vs Boise State has become one of the best annual matchups in college football out west. The final chapter takes place tonight on ‘The Blue.’

BYU will be going to the Big 12 Conference beginning in 2023. With that move, BYU and Boise State won’t play anytime soon. So even though BYU comes into this matchup on a four-game losing streak, it’s always a big game when these two square off.

“This is a rivalry game, and we don’t know what the future holds for it. I have a lot of respect for their coaching staff and their team,” BYU head coach Kalani Sitake. “They have an identity on offense. Andy [Avalos] has done a great job with the defense. They’re one of the top defenses in the country. This is not an easy game. I know a lot of the players on that roster. I have tons of respect for their fan base and the energy they provide for their team. It’s a unique and fun atmosphere.”

Boise State is headed in a completely different direction than BYU. The Broncos are on a four-game winning streak since firing offensive coordinator Tim Plough.

BYU trails the all-time series against Boise State, 4-8. The series began in 2003 and then became an annual matchup in 2012, one year after BYU became an FBS Independent.

 

First Quarter

Second Quarter

Third Quarter

Fourth Quarter

Game Day Notes

  • The weather at kickoff here in Boise is calling for 46 degrees and mostly cloudy. With a 1% chance of rain. The low will dip to 42 degrees.
  • BYU has never played a game on FS2. Here’s how you can watch today’s game.
  • BYU running back Chris Brooks is “doubtful” to play.
  • Boise State is 5-1 against BYU on The Blue turf. BYU won the last meeting in Boise in 2020.
  • Boise State is holding a food drive to benefit the Boise State Food Pantry on campus.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch and his BYU/Boise State coverage from Idaho on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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