PROVO, UT - AUGUST 30: Quarterback Riley Nelson of BYU looks to pass during the second half of an college football game against Washington State on August 30, 2012 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. BYU beat Washington State 30-6. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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The BYU Cougars opened up their 2012 season in dominating fashion, beating the Washington State Cougars 30-6 on Thursday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah.
BYU opened the game's scoring on a Riley Nelson seven-yard pass to Skyler Ridley in the first quarter. BYU took control of the football after Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel was intercepted by Uona Kaveinga at BYU's 20-yard line. Nelson marched his team 80 yards down the field in 10 plays, concluding the drive with the touchdown pass to Ridley.
BYU later extended their lead to 14-0 in the second quarter in a surprising way. BYU freshman backup quarterback Taysom Hil entered the game on fourth down and threw his first collegiate pass for a touchdown, tossing a 18-yard strike to Kaneakua Friel. Nelson later connected with Friel for a 25-yard touchdown late in the second quarter.
Washington St. only managed a pair of field goals in the second quarter, failing to score a touchdown in head coach Mike Leach's debut as a Cougar.
Box Score Hero: Riley Nelson, 25-for-36, 285 yards, 2 touchdowns
Rankings Ramifications: BYU's convincing win could help them win some votes to move into the Top 25
But Did They Cover? BYU covered the 13.5 spread easily.
Next Week's Schedule: Washington St. vs. Eastern Washington on Saturday Sept. 8 (3:00 p.m. ET), BYU vs. Weber State on Saturday Sept. 8 (3:00 p.m. ET)