Making his first career start, freshman quarterback Baylor Romney made sure to make the most of it as the dual-threat quarterback threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns to lead BYU past No. 14 Boise State, 28-25, Saturday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

With the win, Romney joins Ty Detmer, Taysom Hill, Tanner Mangum, Joe Critchlow and Zach Wilson as the only BYU players to win their first career start as a freshman.

The win not only snapped BYU’s three-game losing streak, but it marked the the second consecutive year that the Cougars have defeated a top-15 team after upsetting then-No. 6 Wisconsin on the road last year. It also marked just the fifth time in school history that BYU has ever beaten at least two ranked teams in the same season.

After so many heartbreaking losses against the Broncos over the past three years, BYU players and coaches made sure to let not the game slip away this time in front of 58,940 fans.

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Down 10-7 at the half, the Cougars scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to blow the game open.

On just the fourth play in the third quarter, Romney pitched the ball off to freshman running back Sione Finau who raced 46 yards for the score.

While Boise State is known for its trick plays, it was BYU who dug into their bag of tricks as Romney hit Bushman for a pair of touchdown passes to extend BYU’s lead to 28-10 late in the third quarter.

Bushman’s first touchdown came on a fake QB sneak on fourth down as Romney hit Bushman down the middle of the field for a 27-yard scoring strike. Minutes later, and following an interception by Jackson Kaufusi, Romney hit Bushman down the sideline on a well-designed flea flicker play.

Bushman, who has been frequently tripled-teamed this year, recorded his first 100-yard game, finishing with 5 catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns. It was also Bushman’s first multiple-touchdown game.

Boise State backup quarterback Chase Cord — who made his first career start on Saturday with Hank Bachmeier out with an injury — struggled as the sophomore threw for just 185 yards and while he had two touchdowns, he also had a pair of interceptions.

The BYU defense, with its new defensive scheme, brought a lot of pressure and was able to slow down the high-powered Boise State offense — which came in averaging nearly 500 total yards per game. The Broncos finished the game with just 359 total yards and its second lowest-scoring game of the year.

With the loss, Boise State was dealt a serious blow to its New Year’s Six bowl hopes which goes to the highest-ranking team from a “Group of Five” conference (AAC, C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt).

Here’s how fans, coaches and players reacted after the win:

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