By Brian Murphy
• Boise State kicker Michael Frisina was wide right on a 33-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter.
• The Broncos were stuffed on a fake punt from their own 21-yard line, giving BYU possession deep in Boise State territory at the end of the first quarter.
• BYU backup quarterback Taysom Hill, a Pocatello native, converted on a fourth-and-1 run on the final play of the first quarter. It was the Cougars' first first down of the game. BYU started the second quarter first-and-10 at the Boise State 11.
• BYU quarterback Riley Nelson threw an interception on third-and-16 from the Boise State 17. Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor picked off the pass, his second of the year. The pick immediately followed a chop block penalty on BYU that wiped out a first-down rush that would have set up the Cougars with first-and-goal from the 1.
• Boise State eschewed two field goal attempts in the second quarter, choosing to go for it on fourth down twice inside the BYU 30. Quarterback Joe Southwick threw incomplete on fourth-and-5 from the BYU 25 and fourth-and-7 from the BYU 20.
BSU — Mike Atkinson 36 interception return (Michael Frisina kick), 13:24. Boise State 7, BYU 0
• BYU stopped Boise State on fourth-and-goal from the 1 during the quarter.
• BYU replaced quarterback Riley Nelson with Taysom Hill.
• Boise State has forced five turnovers.
BYU — Taysom Hill 4 run (Hill pass failed), 3:37. Key play: Hill completed a 7-yard pass to Cody Hoffman on fourth-and-4 at the Boise State 19-yard line. Drive: 11 plays, 95 yards, 4:26. Boise State 7, BYU 6
Boise State linebacker J.C. Percy batted down Hill's pass in the end zone to preserve the lead.
Boise State senior left guard Joe Kellogg is out for the Broncos' game with BYU on Thursday night at Bronco Stadium. Kellogg is injured.
Junior Spencer Gerke is expected to start in his place. Gerke, who graduated from Bishop Kelly High, started two games last season in place of Kellogg and played much of the Georgia game at left guard.
Kellogg has started 24 games in his Boise State career, the most of any Bronco offensive player.
• Brenel Myers is starting at right tackle, in place of expected starter Jake Broyles. Broyles got "dinged up" in practice before the Miami game.
• Boise State is wearing blue pants, blue uniforms and blue Pro Combat helmets (with the number on the side).
• It was the first time Boise State has been held scoreless in the first half since the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl against Boston College at Bronco Stadium. Boise State lost 27-21.