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BYU football: Cougars lead Georgia Tech after wild first half, 24-14

Published: Thursday, July 30 2015 6:17 a.m. MDT

Georgia Tech's Jamal Golden, right, breaks away from Bringham Young kicker Justin Sorensen (37) as he returns a kickoff for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA football game in Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (Associated Press) Georgia Tech's Jamal Golden, right, breaks away from Bringham Young kicker Justin Sorensen (37) as he returns a kickoff for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA football game in Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (Associated Press)

The BYU offense has scored 24 points. The BYU defense has given up zero. The Cougars lead by 10 points.

...Wait, what?

Jamaal Williams scored two rushing touchdowns and Riley Nelson added another, but Nelson also threw an interception for a touchdown and Georgia Tech's Jamal Golden returned a kickoff 97 yards for another score as BYU leads at halftime, 24-14.

After a big JD Falslev return on the game's opening kickoff, the Cougars had a 12-play drive culminate in a 6-yard Williams touchdown run.

After forcing a Georgia Tech punt, Nelson got in trouble on BYU's next possession and threw straight to Tech's Isaiah Johnson, who scampered into the end zone from 22 yards out.

The Cougars answered with another short Williams touchdown run, set up by a long completion from Nelson to Ross Apo.

Georgia Tech safety Isaiah Johnson, right, dives into the end zone for a touchdown as Bringham Young offensive linesman Ryker Mathews hangs on after an interception in the firsthalf of an NCAA football game in Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (Associated Press) Georgia Tech safety Isaiah Johnson, right, dives into the end zone for a touchdown as Bringham Young offensive linesman Ryker Mathews hangs on after an interception in the firsthalf of an NCAA football game in Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (Associated Press)

Y. linebacker Kyle Van Noy then blocked a Georgia Tech punt, which led to a 10-yard Nelson scramble for the Cougars' third touchdown. Golden took the ensuing kickoff for the Yellow Jackets' second score.

BYU kicker Justin Sorensen added a 26-yard field goal just before halftime.

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