BYU edges Nevada in 28-23 win

After a first half with zero points, five first downs and nine

penalties, BYU found its groove in the second half.

Taysom Hill threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as BYU

beat Nevada on Saturday, 28-23.

Hill led the second half charge for the Cougars (8-4), as he

completed 14 of 18 passes for 98 yards with two touchdowns and ran

for 154 yards and a score.

Hill had an 18-yard first down run with 1:42 left that sealed

the win in the regular season finale for both teams.

The Wolf Pack (4-8, 3-5 Mountain West) led by seven at halftime

and scored with 2:42 left in the game to shrink the deficit to

five, but failed on a 2-point try and BYU ran the clock out to win

it.

BYU running back Jamaal Williams rushed for 219 yards with a

66-yard touchdown 32 seconds into the second quarter. He had 188

rushing yards in the second half alone.

The BYU defense had an interception in the end zone by Robertson

Daniel and blocked a field goal that helped spur the win.

But the win didn’t come easily.

BYU had 14 penalties for 142 yards compared to Nevada’s four.

The Cougars were flagged when a defender tried to jump over a

Nevada lineman to block a punt, which gave Nevada a first down, and

in the second half were flagged for a late hit that negated an

interception in the Nevada red zone.

Wolf Pack quarterback Cody Fajardo completed 23 of 33 passes for

259 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Brandon Wimberly caught 10

passes for 117 yards and a touchdown.

BYU will play a yet to be named opponent in the Kraft Fight

Hunger Bowl on Dec. 27.

The Wolf Pack will not play a postseason game for the first time

since 2004.