BYU de­liv­ers 24-21 up­set to Wis­con­sin

Canada runs for 118 yards and two touch­downs against No. 6 Bad­gers.

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - SPORTS - By Ge­naro C. Ar­mas

MADISON, WIS. — Squally Canada ran for 118 yards and two touch­downs and BYU handed mis­take-prone Wis­con­sin its first non­con­fer­ence home loss since 2003, giv­ing the No. 6 Bad­gers fits with its mo­tion of­fense in a 24-21 vic­tory Satur­day.

The Cougars (2-1) tossed in a trick play, too, when re­ceiver Al­eva Hifo found open tight end Moroni Laulu-Pu­tu­tau for a 31-yard touch­down pass in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Wis­con­sin (2-1) had one last chance to avoid an up­set with a drive that started with 3:55 left at the 8. But nor­mally re­li­able se­nior kicker Rafael Gaglianone’s 42-yard field goal at­tempt to tie with 41 sec­onds left went wide left.

“BYU! BYU!” yelled the small con­tin­gent of Cougars fans in the stands. BYU’s last vic­tory over a top10 team came in 2009 with a 14-13 win over thir­dranked Ok­la­homa.

“We just wanted to win the line of scrim­mage and

be phys­i­cal,” coach Ki­lani Si­take said.

The Bad­gers’ 41-game non­con­fer­ence win­ning streak — the long­est ac­tive in the na­tion — came to an end. Their hopes to make the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off prob­a­bly did, too.

“Win as a team and every­one can own their part equally in a loss,” Wis­con­sin coach Paul Chryst said.

Skyler Southam’s 45-yard field goal with 9:58 left, set up by Canada’s 46-yard run on the first play of a five-play drive, gave BYU the lead for good, 24-21. The Cougars fol­lowed the Bad­gers’ blue­print, punch­ing back af­ter Wis­con­sin tied the game at 21 on Tai­wan Deal’s 5-yard touch­down run.

Deal rushed for two short scores. Star sopho­more Jona- than Tay­lor had for 117 yards on 26 car­ries, but Wis­con­sin couldn’t hit many big plays against a de­fense that was giv­ing up 156 on the ground com­ing into the af­ter­noon.

The Bad­gers also sput­tered for much of the day through the air. Alex Horni­brook was 18 of 28 for 190 yards, throw­ing an in­ter­cep­tion deep in Wis­con­sin ter­ri­tory on the team’s open­ing drive of the sec­ond half. Canada scored his sec­ond touch­down of the day on the next se­ries.

Horni­brook did his best work on Wis­con­sin’s fi­nal pos­ses­sion with short passes over the mid­dle and a 16-yard scram­ble to get the team to the BYU 26.

The Bad­gers gained just two yards the rest of the way, and Gaglianone missed af­ter BYU called two time­outs.

Tan­ner Mangum was 12 of 22 for 89 yards, but deftly op­er­ated an of­fense that used spread for­ma­tions, mo­tions and sweeps to find holes against Wis­con­sin. Hifo ended up hav­ing the big­gest pass on the trick play.

“That was a big mo­men­tum boost. It gave us a lot of con­fi­dence,” Mangum said.


BYU Cougars head coach Ki­lani Si­take cel­e­brates Satur­day af­ter the game against the Wis­con­sin Bad­gers in Madison.

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