(Friday, September 23rd)
Final Score: BYU 24, UCF 17
Provo, UT (Sports Network) - Bryan Kariya's six-yard run accounted for the go- ahead score early in the fourth quarter after UCF muffed a punt deep in its territory, helping BYU to a 24-17 victory over the Knights.
J.J. Worton couldn't handle Riley Stephenson's 67-yard punt and Michael Alisa recovered and rumbled to the end zone. The ball was put at the 23 after an unsportsmanlike penalty on the Cougars.
Three plays later, Kariya scored on a run up the middle with 10:29 remaining.
UCF self-destructed in the late going, with Dontravius Floyd fumbling the ball away after a reception at midfield. Jeff Godfrey was picked off by Joe Sampson at the BYU (2-2) three inside three minutes left.
Godfrey was sacked by Kyle Van Noy, helping to thwart a last-chance for UCF (2-2), which failed to give head coach George O'Leary his 100th career victory.
Cody Hoffman had a 93-yard kickoff return for a TD for BYU. Jake Heaps connected on 16-of-34 passes for 133 yards with one interception for the Cougars, who were outgained 399-260 overall.
Godfrey ended 17-of-25 for 272 yards, but was sacked four times. A.J. Guyton had nine catches for 163 yards.
Nick Cattoi drilled a 34-yard field goal for UCF early in the first quarter, but Justin Sorensen tied it with a 37-yard boot later in the period.
Godfrey's 10-yard run to the end zone moved the Knights in front on the final play of the first following an interception.
JJ Di Luigi's 16-yard TD run tied it for BYU with 8:13 left in the third, but less than four minutes later Godfrey scored on a one-yard run. Then came Hoffman's scoring return, the first on a kickoff by BYU since 1998.
09/24 00:26:21 ET