BYU's 7-6 loss at Bronco Stadium Thursday, was due in large part to the many miscues made by the offense and team as a whole. Here's a list of mistakes made by BYU against Boise State.
As BYU was trying to put some point on the board in the first half, Nelson threw an interception at the 2-yard line.
With more than 13 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter, Riley Nelson threw an interception to Boise State's nose tackle, Mike Atkinson. It was Nelson's second interception of the game.
While is was bad that Nelson threw an interception to a defensive lineman. It's even worse that it was returned 36 yards for a touchdown, the first of the game.
BYU's inability to tackle BSU's Atkinson after Nelson's pass would prove to be one of the Cougars' most dire mistakes.
Nelson threw another interception but was bailed out by the BYU defense who stopped BSU from getting any points off the turnover.
BYU had a turnover on its first three possessions in the 3rd quarter.
BYU gained just 200 yards as an offense, compared to 261 for BSU. Between Hill and Nelson, BYU had just 61 passing yards throughout the entire game, compared to BSU's 145.
Fumbles aren't usually good in football. But giving the ball to the other team at your own 1-yard line puts the defense in a tough spot.
BYU's defense held strong and stopped the Broncos from scoring after the fumble.
On BYU's second possession of the second quarter, Nelson was hit from behind and fumbled the ball. The fumble was recovered by BSU's Demarcus Lawrence.
Nelson completed 4 of 9 passes for just 19 yards in the loss. He also threw three interceptions and fumbled the ball once, making him responsible for four of BYU's five turnovers.
BYU's leading rusher was Hill who amassed 72 yards on 12 carries. But the Cougars' running backs struggled for yardage all game. Michael Alisa had just 47 yards on 17 carries for the Cougars. He only averaged 2.8 yards per carry throughout the game and fumbled the ball at the Cougar 1-yard line.
With 3:37 left in the game, BYU had the first offensive touchdown of the game. Kicking an extra-point would've tied the game and possibly sent the defensive grudge-match into overtime.
But in front of Boise State's record crowd of more than 36,864, BYU's head coach, Bronco Mendenhall opted to attempt a two-point conversion.
After electing to go for two, Hill rolled out to the right and dropped back under pressure from the BSU defense. He stepped up and threw a pass that would ultimately fall incomplete, leaving BSU with a lead of 7-6.
Fans weren't impressed with some of the offensive play calling throughout the game as some complained about BYU running the option.
Other fans were frustrated as BYU didn't run the ball enough on first down.
Tweets about the game from fans can be found at the Deseret News.
BYU had 8 penalties for 64 yards throughout the game, making it hard for the team to establish much of a rhythm offensively.
BYU converted only two third downs in the entire game against BSU while attempting 12.
Thursday's game at BSU was the worst offensive showing for BYU since 2003 when it played Utah in Provo in the snow. BYU also had five turnovers in the game, four by Nelson.
BYU's defense held its own, as it remains the no. 9 defense in the country. The defense failed to force any turnovers in the game.