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Ravell Call, Deseret News
The stadium begins to fill as Boise State prepares to host Brigham Young University in NCAA football in Boise, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

BOISE, Idaho — BYU and Boise State headed into the locker-room at halftime in a scoreless tie.

The contest can easily be defined as a defensive struggle after one half of play. Multiple three-and-outs and failures to convert in key scoring situations defined both offenses during the first half Thursday.

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BYU squandered its first scoring opportunity early in the second quarter after snuffing out a Boise State fake punt deep inside Bronco territory. The Cougars appeared to have gained a first-and-goal situation from the 1-yard line, but a chop block penalty on Ryker Mathews pushed them back to third-and-16 from the 17. On the next play QB Riley Nelson threw an interception.

Boise State had three scoring chances deep inside BYU territory, but failed to convert on two fourth downs and missed on a 33-yard field goal attempt.

The Broncos out-gained BYU 158 yards to 68, but failed to gain any advantage on the scoreboard.

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