MADISON, Wis. -- Squally Canada ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns and BYU handed mistake-prone Wisconsin its first nonconference home loss since 2003, giving the No. 6 Badgers fits with its motion offense in a 24-21 victory Saturday.
The Cougars (2-1) tossed in a trick play, too, when receiver Aleva Hifo found open tight end Moroni Laulu-Pututau for a 31-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Wisconsin (2-1) had one last chance to avoid an upset with a drive that started with 3:55 left at the 8. But normally reliable senior kicker Rafael Gaglianone's 42-yard field goal attempt to tie with 41 seconds left went wide left.
"BYU! BYU!" yelled the small contingent of Cougars fans in the stands. BYU's last victory over a top-10 team came in 2009 with a 14-13 win over third-ranked Oklahoma.
"We just wanted to win the line of scrimmage and be physical," Coach Kilani Sitake said.
The Badgers' 41-game nonconference winning streak -- the longest active in the nation -- came to an end. Their hopes to make the College Football Playoff probably did, too.
"Win as a team and everyone can own their part equally in a loss," Wisconsin Coach Paul Chryst said. "We've all got to take a look at the things we can control ... and take those steps to get better."
Skyler Southam's 45-yard field goal with 9:58 left, set up by Canada's 46-yard run on the first play of a five-play drive, gave BYU the lead for good, 24-21. The Cougars followed the Badgers' blueprint, punching right back after Wisconsin tied the game at 21 on Taiwan Deal's 5-yard touchdown run.
Deal rushed for two short scores. Star sophomore Jonathan Taylor had for 117 yards on 26 carries, but Wisconsin couldn't hit many big plays against a defense that was giving up 156 on the ground coming into the afternoon.
The Badgers also sputtered for much of the day through the air.
Alex Hornibrook was 18 of 28 for 190 yards, throwing an interception deep in Wisconsin territory on the team's opening drive of the second half. Canada scored his second touchdown of the day on the next series.
Hornibrook did his best work on Wisconsin's final possession with short passes over the middle and a 16-yard scramble to get the team to the BYU 26.
The Badgers gained just two yards the rest of the way, and Gaglianone missed after BYU called two timeouts.
Tanner Mangum was 12 of 22 for 89 yards, but deftly operated an offense that used spread formations, motions and sweeps to find holes against Wisconsin.
Hifo ended up having the biggest pass on the trick play.
"That was a big momentum boost. It gave us a lot of confidence," Mangum said.
It was quite a bounce-back performance for the Cougars a week after losing to California. A hot-and-cold offense has looked good in road wins against Arizona and Wisconsin, but struggled in the second half last week against Cal.
Wisconsin's last nonconference loss at Camp Randall Stadium was to UNLV, 23-5 on Sept. 13, 2003.
"We've got to learn from this one and move forward," Chryst said.
In other games involving Top 25 teams, Big defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones returned an interception 28 yards for one of No. 4 Ohio State’s three touchdowns in a four-minute span of the third quarter as the Buckeyes rallied for a 40-28 victory over TCU in Arlington, Texas. The Buckeyes (3-0), in their last game without suspended Coach Urban Meyer on the sideline, went ahead to stay with that spurt that started Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw a short pass that Parris Campbell turned into a 63-yard touchdown. Ohio State still trailed 21-19 after a twopoint try failed, but TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson was under pressure on the ensuing third down when he tried to shovel a pass to his running back — but instead it went to Jones, the 286-pound tackle who rumbled to the end zone. The next drive for the Horned Frogs (2-1) ended with a blocked punt, and two plays later Haskins threw a 24-yard TD to K.J. Hill (North Little Rock). Darius Anderson had two rushing TDs for TCU, including a school record 93-yard sprint that was the longest play from scrimmage ever against the Buckeyes … Kyler Murray threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns and No. 5 Oklahoma held off Iowa State 37-27 in Ames, Iowa, in the Big 12 opener for both teams. Marquise Brown had 191 yards receiving and a TD to help the Sooners (3-0), a year removed from a stunning home loss to the Cyclones, extend the nation’s longest road winning streak to 17 games. … Travis Etienne ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns for host No. 2 Clemson (3-0) and Trevor Lawrence threw for 194 yards, including a 57-yard score to fellow freshman Justyn Ross in their first meeting with Georgia Southern (2-1) of the Sun Belt Conference. ... K.J. Costello overcame a rough start to throw two touchdown passes to JJ Arcega-Whiteside and No. 9 Stanford beat FCS-level UC Davis 30-10 in Stanford, Calif. Costello threw interceptions on two of the first three drives of the game for the Cardinal (3-0) before settling in a bit against the overmatched Aggies (2-1). … Trace McSorley accounted for five touchdowns and broke Penn State’s record for rushing scores by a quarterback in a 63-10 victory over Kent State in State College, Pa. McSorley completed 11 of 22 passes for 229 yards with an interception and ran for three touchdowns for the No. 11 Nittany Lions (3-0). … Taylor Cornelius ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to help No. 24 Oklahoma State beat No. 17 Boise State, 44-21, in Stillwater, Okla. Justice Hill ran for 123 yards and a touchdown, and Tylan Wallace had five catches for 105 yards for the Cowboys (3-0). … Shea Patterson threw three touchdown passes to Donovan Peoples-Jones, helping No. 19 Michigan pull away to beat SMU 45-20 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan (2-1) took control over the last 2:34 of the first half. Patterson threw a tiebreaking, 35-yard TD pass to Peoples-Jones, and Josh Metellus returned an interception 73 yards for a score as time expired. … Justin Herbert threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns and No. 20 Oregon beat San Jose State 35-22 in Eugene, Ore., in the Ducks’ final nonconference tuneup before opening the Pac-12 season with Stanford next week. Freshman Cyrus Habibi-Likio scored on both of his carries and Johnny Johnson III caught a pair of touchdown passes to help Oregon win its 23rd consecutive nonconference game at Autzen Stadium. … Malik Rosier threw for two touchdowns and ran for three more to help No. 21 Miami beat host Toledo, 49-24. The Hurricanes (2-1) never trailed and led 21-0 late in the first half, but Toledo (1-1) twice pulled within a touchdown. … In Austin, Texas, Sam Ehlinger passed for two touchdowns, Anthony Wheeler returned a blocked field goal 46 yards for a score and Texas beat No. 22 Southern California 37-14 to give second-year Coach Tom Herman his biggest victory in burnt orange. Texas, which had started 1-2 in four of the previous five seasons, trailed 14-3 in the first quarter before shutting down freshman quarterback J.T. Daniels and scoring 34 unanswered points. The victory could be a huge boost for a Texas (2-1) program that desperately needs one after eight years without a Big 12 title and a run of bad seasons. Daniels passed for 322 yards, but the Trojans (1-2) were held to minus-5 yards rushing.
BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum completed 12 of 22 passes for 89 yards as the Cougars upset No. 6 Wisconsin 24-21 on Saturday in Madison, Wis.
Sports on 09/16/2018
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