(Saturday, September 6th)
Final Score: (15) BYU 28, Washington 27
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Dennis Pitta's 15-yard TD reception plus a blocked extra point with two seconds left in regulation pushed 15th-ranked BYU past Washington, 28-27, at Husky Stadium.
Max Hall completed 30-of-41 passes for 338 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for the Cougars (2-0). Pitta led all receivers with 10 catches for 148 yards and a score. Austin Collie had five receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown while Andrew George picked up a TD catch.
Harvey Unga rushed for 136 yards on 23 carries and Fui Vakapuna added a rushing TD.
"I think a lot had been made of this game because it's on the road and early in the season," said BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall. "We're getting closer and our players will compete hard and try hard and our coaching staff will compete hard and try hard. We have not arrived but we are making progress and we're learning a lot more about this year's team. For them to come on the road in this stadium against that team, I'll take a one-point win or any win we can get."
Jake Locker turned in a stellar performance in defeat for the Huskies (0-2), who have been outscored 72-37 this season. The sophomore signal-caller threw for 204 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 62 yards and a pair of scores.
Jermaine Kearse only had two receptions for 54 yards but one was for a TD and Luke Kravitz picked up a rushing score.
Hall zipped a perfect pass to Pitta from 15 yards out with 3:31 to play for a 28-21 BYU advantage.
On the following series, Locker faced a 3rd-and-10 with just under two minutes to go at the Washington 36, but a pass downfield to Kearse was off the mark. Locker, though, managed to gain 13 yards on a fourth-down rush to keep things moving.
Later in the drive, Locker took to the ground again, and, with a 15-yard dash, set up a 1st-and-goal from the three with 16 seconds remaining. After an incompletion and drop, Locker's stumbling three-yard run made it 28-27 with two seconds left.
An excessive celebration penalty whistled against Locker pushed back the extra-point try 15 yards. Ryan Perkins drilled the 35-yard attempt right into Jan Jorgensen in the heart of the BYU rush, sealing the game for the visitors.
"It's unfortunate, but it's one that they almost have to call. It really should be a no-call, but it's one that they have to call when they see it," said Huskies head coach Tyrone Willingham of the penalty. "The game is an emotional game. We cannot play it without emotion, and therefore we are going to celebrate. The key is trying to manufacture the right celebration that does not belittle the game or the sportsmanship that should be part of the game."
BYU had the ball deep in their own territory to start the fourth quarter. Despite a solid drive downfield, a potential go-ahead touchdown was negated when Unga fumbled the ball at the goal line and Washington defensive back Tripper Johnson recovered in the end zone.
The Huskies were unable to do anything on the following series, and the Cougars moved swiftly downfield on their chance ending with Pitta's touchdown catch which preceded the game-ending drama.
BYU took the lead on the game's first possession, ending when Hall rolled out to the right and floated a pass over the middle to Collie for a 38-yard TD.
Washington responded on its second series as Locker scrambled through a hole and down the left side for a 14-yard score.
The Huskies took a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter as Locker found Kearse for a 48-yard touchdown reception, but the Cougars struck right back with a 14-play, 71-yard drive ending when George took in a one-yard pass from Hall.
Washington received the ball to start the second half and capitalized when Kravitz rumbled up the middle for a one-yard score and a 21-14 lead. The plunge capped a march which ate up the first 7:12 of the third quarter.
On the ensuing BYU possession, Vakapuna's 11-yard scamper capped a seven-play drive which took a little more than three minutes, and knotted the contest 21- all.
Washington has won four of the seven all-time meetings...The Huskies host Oklahoma next Saturday, while the Cougars welcome UCLA also next Saturday...Huskies safety Darin Harris left game in an ambulance with 13:24 left in the fourth quarter after suffering an apparent head injury. Harris slammed his head into the turf trying to track down BYU tight end Pitta. He was immobilized and placed on a stretcher before departing for Harborview Medical Center. He was conscious and had mobility in his extremities...BYU racked up 475 yards of total offense to 337 for Washington.
09/07 02:22:34 ET