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BYU Struggles in Second Half, Loses to Notre Dame: Fan Report

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Brigham Young led 14-7 at halftime, and for a while, it seemed like the Cougars were poised to upset No. 5 Notre Dame in South Bend.

In the second half, however, BYU was outscored 10-0 and wound up falling to the Fighting Irish 17-14.

Here's a look at how it went down:

It was over when: BYU quarterback Riley Nelson threw an interception with 12 seconds left to play.

Game ball goes to: Irish running back Theo Riddick. Riddick lit up a Cougar defense that entered the game third in the nation against the rush. He ran for a career high 143 yards on just 15 carries.

Key stat: Three, the number of first downs BYU was held to in the second half. The Cougars were only able to put two decent drives together in the third and fourth quarters, and they couldn't finish either of them. During the third, kicker Justin Sorensen botched a 47-yard field goal. In the fourth, Riley Nelson missed a wide open Cody Hoffman on a throw that should've resulted in a touchdown and 21-17 lead.

Bright spot: Freshman running back Jamaal Williams collected 106 yards of total offense. He's averaging 123.8 yards per game in his last four contests.

What it means: It means BYU struggles to beat good teams. The Cougars are now 0-6 against ranked opponents (TCU, Utah, Texas, Boise State, Oregon State, and Notre Dame) in the last three years.

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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