BYU wide receiver Dax Milne, right, runs for a touchdown as Houston cornerback Shaun Lewis, left, watches during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Houston. | Eric Christian Smith, Associated Press
In a wild game that lived up to the hype, No. 14 BYU kept its perfect season alive Friday night with a heart-thumping 43-26 victory over Houston at TDECU Stadium.
BYU started fast and sputtered in the middle, but ended with a flourish, overcoming a 26-14 deficit late in the third quarter and sealing the win with quarterback Zach Wilson’s gorgeous 18-yard touchdown pass to Dax Milne with 3:06 remaining.
Thanks to some big special teams plays — including a surprising onside kick — crucial stops by the defense and clutch plays by Wilson and Milne, BYU pulled out the win in the fourth quarter, scoring 29 unanswered points, in a game that was closer than the final score indicates.
BYU improved to 5-0, its best start since 2008. Houston fell to 1-1.
Wilson completed 25 of 35 passes for 400 yards and four touchdowns. It marked Wilson’s first career 400-yard passing game.
Milne had nine receptions for a career-high 184 yards and three touchdowns.
Houston QB Clayton Tune also turned in an impressive performance, completing 21 of 31 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns.
BYU rolled up 478 yards of total offense while Houston accumulated 438 yards.
BYU added a final touchdown with 1:40 left to go up 43-26.
But it wasn’t always pretty for BYU.
BYU’s offensive miscues manifested themselves early in the second quarter. On third-and-15 at the Houston 46, Wilson completed a screen pass to Tyler Allgeier, who sped his way down the sideline for a touchdown. However, a block-in-the-back penalty negated that score and BYU ended up punting.
Ryan Rehkow’s punt pinned Houston at the 2-yard line. Tune guided Houston on a 98-yard, 6:48 drive, highlighted by some precision passing and aided by a pass interference penalty. Later, BYU’s Micah Harper was whistled for a targeting penalty.
Tune ran the ball for a 5-yard touchdown to put Houston ahead 26-14 after a failed two-point conversion attempt.
That’s when BYU’s offense woke up. A 19-yard pass to Masen Wake and a 37-yard pass to Milne led to a 2-yard TD pass to Milne. BYU shaved the deficit to 26-21. It was BYU’s first score since the first quarter.
BYU then executed a successful onside kick to get the ball back with less than one minute remaining in the third quarter.
Later, a miserable 13-yard punt by Houston gave BYU the ball at the Houston 23-yard line early in the fourth quarter. Moments later, Wilson threw an underhand shovel pass to Wake for an 8-yard TD. A two-point conversion lifted BYU to a 29-26 lead with 10:35 remaining.
Houston’s offense opened the game with a sustained drive that resulted in a 27-yard field goal by Dalton Witherspoon to give it an early 3-0 lead.
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