PROVO, Utah -- Call it a sad case of déjà vu for the Cougars of BYU.
After losing heartbreakers on the Hill and blue turf earlier this year, Brigham Young suffered another gut-wrenching defeat Saturday afternoon. This time they were edged 42-24 by No. 10 Oregon State.
A quick recap:
It was over when: An OSU defensive back grabbed a deflected ball and ran it back 47 yards for a score with 4:58 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Game ball goes to: Cody Vaz. In his first start since high school, OSU's second-string QB connected on 19 of 31 passes for 318 yards and three TDs against a defense ranked fifth nationally.
Key stat: Six, the number of dropped passes for BYU. Tight end Kaneakua Friel's butter fingers lost grip on three balls and almost biffed on a fourth late in the second half. (Man, I miss Dennis Pitta.)
Bright spot: Freshman running back Jamaal Williams collected 112 yards of total offense and scored twice.
What it means: The Cougars have posted a solid record over the past eight seasons (60-24), but they just can't seem to win the big games. They'll have another chance next week against an undefeated Notre Dame squad in South Bend.
Jared Bray has followed Cougar football since 2004, when he lived in the shadows of LaVell Edwards Stadium as a young scholar at Brigham Young University.
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