FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Jordan Mims rushed for two touchdowns to help Fresno State beat BYU 20-13 Saturday night.
Marcus McMaryion was 14-for-20 passing for 174 yards for Fresno State (6-3).
After Squally Canada’s 4-yard touchdown run for BYU (2-8) capped an 11-play, 75-yard drive and made it 13-all late in the third quarter, the Bulldogs answered with a 14-play, 88-yard drive to take the lead for good when Mims scored on a 2-yard run with 12:40 to play. McMaryion was 4-for-4 passing for 61 yards – including a 35-yard completion to Da’Mari Scott – before Mims had six consecutive carries to finish the possession.
The Cougars were forced to punt, failed to convert on fourth-and-1 and, after Blake Cusick’s punt pinned them at the 5, lost a fumble deep in their own territory on their final three possessions.
BYU’s starting quarterback Tanner Mangum was carted off the field after a non-contact injury late in the first half. He was 20-of-33 passing for 163 yards before being replaced by sophomore Beau Hoge who completed just 3 of 10 for 51 yards.
After BYU (2-8) went three-and-out to open the game, Jimmy Camacho’s 43-yard field goal gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. On their ensuing drive, BYU moved into Fresno State territory before Juju Hughes and Jasad Haynes stopped Brayden El-Bakri for no gain on fourth-and-1 and, after McMaryion hit Jamire Jordan for a 50-yard gain, a 2-yard touchdown run by Mims made it 10-0 late in the first quarter.
The Cougars had 14- and 15-play scoring drives in the second, but had to settle for field goals of 27 and 46 yards – the latter coming as time in the half expired – by Rhett Almond to go into halftime trailing 10-6. Camacho kicked a 42-yard field goal to cap the opening drive of the second half.
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