(Saturday, September 3rd)
Final Score: B-Y-U 14, Ole Miss 13
Oxford, MS (Sports Network) - BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy recovered a fumble and returned it three yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give the Cougars a 14-13 win over Ole Miss in a non-conference matchup on Saturday.
BYU (1-0) scored 14 unanswered points in the second half, and were led by quarterback Jake Heaps, who was 23-of-37 and threw for 224 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Ole Miss (0-1) got a 96-yard touchdown return from defensive back Charles Saywer, which was a huge boost considering the offense only generated 208 yards of total offense, including 64 yards rushing.
Ole Miss quarterback Zack Stoudt replaced starter Barry Brunetti in the second quarter and went 13-of-24 for 140 yards, with a pivotal fumble late in the fourth quarter.
Ole Miss kicker Bryson Rose got the scoring going with a 20-yard field goal with just 49 seconds left in the second quarter, capping an ugly first half for both teams offenses. BYU had just 102 total yards, while Ole Miss had 93 yards.
The Rebels built on their lead after Heaps threw an interception inside the Ole Miss red zone with just over eight minutes to play in the third quarter. Saywer took the interception 96 yards for a touchdown, and Ole Miss added another Rose field goal early in the fourth quarter to take a 13-0 lead.
But the Cougars rallied following that score. Heaps went 5-for-5 for 49 yards on the following drive, as BYU marched 72 yards. The drive was capped when Heaps found Ross Apo on a 19-yard strike at the 9:52 yard mark of the fourth quarter.
Just over four minutes later, with Stoudt facing a 3rd-and-27 from the Ole Miss 21, Van Noy caused the quarterback to fumble and picked the ball up inside the Rebel five-yard line. Van Noy's three-yard fumble return for a touchdown at the 5:09 mark of the fourth quarter gave BYU the lead for good, as Stoudt couldn't engineer a Rebel comeback on the final two drives.
09/03 21:54:44 ET