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BYU football: Blue Cougars lead Washington St. 24-6 at halftime

Published: Saturday, Aug. 1 2015 5:29 p.m. MDT

 Brigham Young Cougars tight end Kaneakua Friel (82) celebrates his touchdown against Washington State in Provo  Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars tight end Kaneakua Friel (82) celebrates his touchdown against Washington State in Provo Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

PROVO — The 2012 football season is off to a good start for the Cougars.

Yes, the ones from Provo.

The BYU Cougars have a 24-6 halftime lead over Mike Leach's visiting Washington State Cougars tonight at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Starting quarterback Riley Nelson has thrown for 178 yards on 16-for-24 passing with two touchdown tosses to lead the home Cougs to the big first-half advantage.

Nelson helped put BYU up 7-0 in the first quarter with a a 7-yard TD pass to Skyler Ridley. The Cougars' senior playmaker then added a second scoring strike — a 25-yard hook-up with Kaneakua Friel — late in the second quarter.

That was Friel's second touchdown catch, but the first from BYU's starting QB. Freshman QB Taysom Hill took a snap on a fourth-down situation early in the second quarter and turned his first collegiate pass into a 17-yard touchdown to the junior tight end.

Elder Ronald Rasband cheers on the BYU team  prior to the game against Washington State in Provo  Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Elder Ronald Rasband cheers on the BYU team prior to the game against Washington State in Provo Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Receiver Cody Hoffman got a quad contusion in the first half after hauling in three receptions for 46 yards. He will not return for the remainder of the game.

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