SAN FRANCISCO – When Washington started crowding the line of scrimmage in the second half, BYU had no answer.
Taysom Hill and the Cougars were held scoreless for the final two quarters by the Huskies’ aggressive defense, and BYU had its four-game bowl winning streak snapped with a 31-16 loss in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Friday night.
Hill threw for 293 yards and ran for 133 yards and a score for the Cougars (8-5), who settled for three field goals from Justin Sorensen to end promising drives.
Sorensen also missed a kick in the third quarter after an interception by Robertson Daniel in Huskies territory, and the Cougars allowed two long kickoff returns — including one for a touchdown.
“Taysom led our team really well,” coach Bronco Mendenhall said. “He played hard, he played physical.
“He gave us a great chance to win the game and stay in it. I told my team I was proud of them. I liked how hard they played. Our special teams needed to execute better.”
Bishop Sankey ran for 95 yards and two scores to give Washington (9-4) its most wins since going 11-1 and winning the Rose Bowl in 2000.
Keith Price added a 16-yard TD pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and John Ross returned a kick 100 yards for another score as the Huskies capped a tumultuous month with a milestone win.
Syracuse 21, Minnesota 17: In Houston, Terrel Hunt scrambled 12 yards for a touchdown with 1:14 remaining to lift Syracuse past Minnesota.
Brisly Estime set up Hunt’s TD with a 70-yard punt return.
Syracuse (7-6) led 14-3 entering the fourth quarter before Mitch Leidner threw two touchdown passes and a 2-point conversion to put the Golden Gophers up 17-14.
Marshall 31, Maryland 20: In Annapolis, Maryland, Rakeem Cato threw for 337 yards and three TDs, and Marshall used two fourth-quarter scores to beat Maryland.
The Thundering Herd (10-4) trailed 20-17 before Cato brought them back.
After directing a 63-yard march to put Marshall up 24-20 with 12:05 left, Cato clinched it with an 8-yard touchdown throw to Gator Hoskins with 3:42 to play.
Cato completed 28 of 44 passes — with no interceptions — to help Marshall reach double digits in wins for the first time since 2002.