BYU ends losing skid with win over Middle Tennessee

Posted at 10:32 PM, Nov 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-02 00:33:04-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — After four consecutive victories to begin the campaign, it’s hard to believe that Brigham Young University was actually knocking on the door to a losing record by week 10.

But that did not happen after the Cougar’s defense responded Saturday at Middle Tennessee. Brigham Young gave up 55 points a week ago at Boise State, their most points surrendered in years, but responded by allowing only a single touchdown against the Blue Raiders.

Christian Stewart and the offense, meanwhile, did more than enough. Stewart, recording his first collegiate victory as a starter, connected with Colby Pearson for 37 yards on the Cougar’s opening drive. Middle Tennessee tied the game with 4 minutes till the half when Austin Grammar hit Devin Clark, and the score was notched at 7 going into the locker room.

But Stewart wasted little time with a 19-yard touchdown strike to Jordan Leslie in the 3rd, and BYU followed out with touchdown runs by both Paul Lasike and Stewart to win their first game in 42 days. The 27-7 win resulted in BYU’s fewest points allowed since a week two 41-7 victory at Texas.

The Cougars improve to 5-4 on the year and have a bye next week.