Our boys will be ready for that. This is a rivalry, so to speak, for them as I understand it. They come out and bring their A game. —Sae Tautu
BOISE — BYU has played at Boise State only three times and none of those games have been pleasant experiences.
The Cougars are 0-3 at Albertsons Stadium, dating back to the first meeting in 2004 when Matt Payne's 38-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left in the waning seconds as the Cougars lost 28-27.
In 2012, then-freshman quarterback Taysom Hill entered the game in the fourth quarter and engineered a 95-yard drive and scored the Cougars’ only touchdown on a four-yard run with 3:37 left. That made the score 7-6 for the Broncos.
But instead of trying to tie the game with an extra point, BYU decided to go for a potential game-winning two-point conversion. But Hill’s pass was tipped and fell incomplete in the end zone.
“I remember the long touchdown drive and having the opportunity to win the football game and coming up a little bit short. I remember what that felt like,” Hill said this week. “It’s a fun place to play. It’s a great environment. It’s a loud and hostile place. I love it. I’m looking forward to going and playing those guys on the blue turf in my home state.”
Two years ago, Boise State throttled BYU 55-30 after taking a 41-16 halftime lead.
“I remember we lost pretty bad. It was a painful game. The environment there, it’s a loud, hostile crowd,” Cougar defensive lineman Sae Tautu recalled. “Our boys will be ready for that. This is a rivalry, so to speak, for them as I understand it. They come out and bring their ‘A’ game. Their blue field messes with everybody’s head. That was my first experience playing Boise as a player and it kind of left a bad taste in my mouth.”
BYU QUARTERBACKS: Boise State coach Bryan Harsin recruited two of BYU’s quarterbacks, Hill and Tanner Mangum, who both hail from Idaho.
“Those are two excellent quarterbacks in college football. They’re both capable of playing and they’re both capable of winning,” Harsin said. “They’ve shown that. Taysom is a very good player. We recruited him here. He certainly has done well in their system. Every which way you look at him, he’s a threat.”
BYU PLAYERS FROM IDAHO: The Cougars have five players from Idaho on their roster besides Hill (Pocatello) and Mangum (Eagle): Quarterback Hayden Livingston (Rigby), wide receiver Colby Pearson (Blackfoot) and defensive back Sam Baldwin (Rexburg).