Jon Hays had two touchdown passes, Moe Lee returned a fumble 57 yards for another, and BYU missed two last-second field goal attempts as Utah held on for a 24-21 victory Saturday night over the No. 25 Cougars in Salt Lake City.
The Utes (2-1) blocked Justin Sorensen’s 51-yard attempt with 1 second remaining, but BYU (2-1) got a second shot because the crowd prematurely rushed the field, resulting in a 15-yard penalty.
Riley Stephenson’s 36-yard attempt with no time left clanked off the left upright, sending the frenzied crowd back on the field for good to celebrate the upset.
Hays was making his first start this season in place of Jordan Wynn, who suffered a career-ending shoulder injury. He finished 18 of 27 for 196 yards.
Riley Nelson rallied BYU late, with his 1-yard TD pass to Kaneakua Friel pulling the Cougars to 24-21.
At No. 4 Oregon 63, Tennessee Tech 14: The Golden Eagles (2-1), an FBS team in its first game against a Pac-12 foe, managed 177 yards of total offense to 652 for the Ducks (3-0).
“We were overmatched when we walked out there,” said Tennessee Tech coach Watson Brown, the older brother of Texas coach Mack Brown. “We knew that.”
Marcus Mariota threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns for Oregon.
At No. 12 Ohio State 35, California 28: Braxton Miller lofted a 72-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith with 3:26 to play, and Christian Bryant snuffed out the Bears’ last chance with an interception to power The Buckeyes (3-0).
The Golden Bears (1-2) missed three field goals and had a touchdown called back by a penalty, while gaining 512 yards and outplaying the Buckeyes (3-0) for much of the second half.
At Missouri 24, Arizona State 20: Corbin Berkstresser ran for a score in his first career start at quarterback in place of injured James Franklin, and the Tigers (2-1) forced four turnovers to ease the pressure on the redshirt freshman in a victory over the Sun Devils (2-1).
Missouri built a 17-point cushion in the third quarter in front of a sellout crowd of 71,004, the school’s first for a non-conference game since Notre Dame in 1984.
At Fresno State 69, Colorado 14: Robbie Rouse set the Fresno State all-time rushing record on a 94-yard run that gave him four touchdowns in the first quarter as the Bulldogs (2-1) rolled past the Buffaloes (0-3).
Rouse’s long run that tied the school record for a single play helped him pass Ron Rivers as the leading rusher in Fresno State history. Rouse ran for 144 yards on the night, giving him 3,519 to Rivers’ 3,473.
Colorado (0-3), which was outgained in the first half 516-123, is off to its worst start since losing its first six games in 2006.
At No. 24 Arizona 56, South Carolina State 0: Matt Scott accounted for 349 total yards and four touchdowns in three quarters, and the Wildcats (3-0) breezed past the Bulldogs (1-2) in their final non-conference game.
Arizona raced to a 28-0 lead by halftime and had a school-record 43 first downs overall against the FCS team.
Scott threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns on 30-of-36 passing, and added a 10-yard scoring run in another stellar performance to start his senior season.
At No. 22 UCLA 37, Houston 6: Quarterback Brett Hundley completed 27 of 42 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns, and running back Johnathan Franklins had 110 yards on 25 carries to lead the Bruins (3-0) to the easy victory over the Cougars (0-3).
Eric Kendricks 23-yard fumble return for a touchdown and Hundley’s 7-yard scoring pass to Datone Jones helped UCLA to a 17-0 halftime lead.