After three quarters of futility, BYU made things exciting at the end with a 95-yard drive to get in the end zone, but the two-point conversion failed and the Cougars came up empty-handed.
They had no timeouts and Boise State got the required first down to pretty much run out the clock.
End of third
BYU fans can take heart that at this point five days ago, the Cougars trailed Utah by 17 points.
But the way the BYU offense is playing right now, a seven-point deficit looks enormous.
Still, the Cougar defense has done everything it has been asked to do (except force a turnover). They have stuffed Boise State on five fourth-down attempts, including one at the one-foot line.
Ironically, BYU still has a shot in this one. The Cougars need someone to step up and make a play.
Turnovers killed BYU in the second quarter as an interception near the goal line and a fumble on a second drive brought two possessions to a halt, including its only scoring chance.
The Cougars appeared to have a first-and-goal at the Boise State 1-yard line, but a chop-block penalty pushed the ball back 15 yards. On third down, Nelson dramatically underthrew an open Cody Hoffman in the end zone and instead the ball was picked off.
BYU's defense was called on a couple of times as Boise drove inside the Cougar 30-yard line twice and, after missing its first field goal attempt, elected to go for it on fourth down. BYU got stops on both plays to keep the game scoreless.
The Cougars have been completely outgained on offense (155 yards to 68) but the BYU defense has come up with big plays each time it has needed to.
The Cougars did show some signs of life with the running game in the second quarter but only have 19 yards passing so far.
End of first
BYU's offense didn't play well in the opening frame, but the defense and some specials luck made up for it.
A Boise State missed field goal, a shanked punt, and then a big stop by Ezekiel Ansah on a fake gave the Cougars great field position.
BYU got its first first-down of the game right before the end of the quarter — on a fourth-and-1 run by Taysom Hill.
The Bronco defense is pretty good but BYU is really struggling to make things happen offensively.
A score early in the second, however, could give the Cougars a shot of adrenaline to build on.
BYU is on the field and getting ready to get started. The blue turf — which looks like a rug on top of concrete — might be a bigger factor with Boise State wearing the all-blue uniforms.
The Cougars will be in all white, which isn't my favorite uniform but some people like it.
I'm looking to see how BYU starts. The Cougars won the toss and deferred, so the Broncos get the ball first.
Time to see how ready the BYU players are.
BYU players and coaches were quick to dismiss the effects of last Saturday's wild 24-21 loss at rival Utah, saying there was no time to think about such things as they got ready for Thursday's game against Boise State (7 p.m., ESPN).
Well, now we'll see how accurate they were.
Getting passed difficult losses often depends on the type of team you have. BYU has a group of veterans who should know what it takes — but that same group of players didn't exactly show it last Saturday as they made a lot of mistakes.
That's why the first quarter against the Broncos is going to be a good indicator of how the game will go.
If the Cougars can come out strong, particularly on offense, and have some success, they could put themselves in position to get a huge win — a victory that might jumpstart a big stretch.
But if BYU starts committing penalties, can't move the ball, turns it over or falls behind, I don't like their chances. The Boise State crowd will be all over them and that will really make for a tough evening.
BCS dreams for both teams have already suffered, since both squads have losses, but the loser tonight sees those goals go from slim to none.
We'll get a pretty good idea early on which side will be in better shape to keep the dream alive.