BYU 47

(5-2, 2-1 away)

Houston 46

(5-1, 2-1 home)

3:30 PM ET, October 19, 2013

1 2 3 4 T
BYU 24 10 0 1347
HOU 21 17 2 646

Top Performers

Passing: T. Hill (BYU) - 417 YDS, 4 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: J. Williams (BYU) - 17 CAR, 83 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Spencer (HOU) - 7 REC, 186 YDS, 1 TD

BYU claims 47-46 victory over Houston in shootout

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Taysom Hill hit Cameron Ridley for the game-winning 11-yard touchdown as BYU claimed a 47-46 comeback road win over Houston on Saturday.

Hill led BYU 41 yards for the winning touchdown and Alani Fua iced the game, intercepting freshman John O'Korn to end Houston's hopes.

Known for his running ability, Hill went 29 for 44 for 417 yards and four touchdowns to lead BYU (5-2).

O'Korn nearly matched Hill going 29 for 45 for 363 yards and three touchdowns. Both had three interceptions, but O'Korn's final pick proved the most costly as it came on the game's deciding play.

The teams combined for 1,164 yards with only one drive longer than three minutes. Houston (5-1) scored via the big play while six of BYU's eight scoring drives went for 70 yards or longer.

The offensive explosion of the first half made way for a defensive battle as the teams combined for just nine points in the second half.

Derrick Mathews notched back-to-back sacks, including a safety for the only points of the third quarter to give Houston a 40-34 lead. It was the first safety by Houston since 1993.

Hill rekindled his first half rhythm hitting Cody Hoffman for a 25-yard touchdown pass to give BYU a 41-40 lead. Hoffman's touchdown was the 30th of his career, tying him for the school record.

Houston looked poised to respond immediately as O'Korn hit a 76-yard pass to Spencer to set up 1st-and-goal from the 4. After two failed attempts and a sack, Houston missed a 40-yard field goal.

In the end, Hill and BYU struck last to claim the road win

BYU got off to a quick start when Spencer Hadley intercepted O'Korn on the first play of the game. Three plays later Jamaal Williams ran in a 15-yard touchdown to give BYU a 7-0 lead.

The hometown Cougars followed BYU's first 10 points with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from DeMarcus Ayers. Change of pace quarterback Greg Ward, also a freshman, then hit Xavier Maxwell for a 69-yard touchdown.

On the ensuing drive Houston got a second non-offensive touchdown when Mathews, who added three sacks, scored on a 29-yard interception return for a brief first quarter 21-17 lead.

Hill threw two first quarter touchdowns to Ross Apo, 11 and 18 yards, as BYU re-claimed a first quarter lead 24-21.

Houston's defense started to respond in the second quarter. They stopped four of BYU's six drives in the second quarter and held the visitors to 10 points.

O'Korn and the offense heated up as well. The freshman hit touchdown passes of six yards to Deontay Greenberry and connected with Daniel Spencer to spark a dazzling 41-yard catch-and-run to help Houston to a 38-34 first half lead.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs4123
Total Yards681483
3rd Down Conversions7-215-16
4th Down Conversions1-20-0

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD14:05Jamaal Williams 15 Yd Run (Justin Sorensen Kick) 70
FG10:03Justin Sorensen 41 Yd 100
TD09:47Demarcus Ayers 95 Yd Kickoff Return (Richie Leone Kick) 107
TD08:10Ross Apo 11 Yd Pass From Taysom Hill (Justin Sorensen Kick) 177
TD07:02Xavier Maxwell 69 Yd Pass From Greg Ward Jr. (Richie Leone Kick) 1714
TD05:57Derrick Mathews 29 Yd Interception Return (Richie Leone Kick) 1721
TD03:13Ross Apo 18 Yd Pass From Taysom Hill (Justin Sorensen Kick) 2421
FG11:11Richie Leone 29 Yd 2424
TD09:38Deontay Greenberry 6 Yd Pass From John O'Korn (Richie Leone Kick) 2431
TD03:57Jamaal Williams 1 Yd Run (Justin Sorensen Kick) 3131
TD01:31Daniel Spencer 41 Yd Pass From John O'Korn (Richie Leone Kick) 3138
FG00:00Justin Sorensen 20 Yd 3438
SF01:18Taysom Hill Tackled By Derrick Mathews In End Zone 3440
TD12:57Cody Hoffman 25 Yd Pass From Taysom Hill (Justin Sorensen Kick) 4140
TD05:20Deontay Greenberry 10 Yd Pass From John O'Korn (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 4146
TD01:08Skyler Ridley 11 Yd Pass From Taysom Hill (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed) 4746

Research Notes

BYU ran 115 plays vs Houston, tying the FBS record for a game. It was done twice previously: Northwestern vs Auburn on Jan 1, 2010; Houston vs La Tech on Sept 8 2012.
Taysom Hill (BYU): 1st player with at least 400 pass yds and 100 rush yds in a game since Tajh Boyd in 2012 vs NC State

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