PROVO — Jamaal Williams rushed for 76 yards — breaking the school career rushing yards record — Taysom Hill threw for three touchdowns and BYU outlasted Mississippi State 28-21 in double overtime Friday night in Provo.
After Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald leaped over a defender for a 2-yard score to open the first overtime, BYU (4-3) answered when Hill punched one in from 1 yard to extend the game.
The Cougars went first in the second extra frame and scored on the first play. Hill hit tight end Tanner Balderree in the flat on a play-action pass, and the big man rumbled 25 yards to put BYU in the lead.
Mississippi State (2-4) moved the ball to BYU’s 12, but Fred Warner batted away a fourth-and-9 pass into the endzone to seal the win.
Fitzgerald threw for 169 yards in the first half as the Bulldogs took a 14-7 lead into halftime, but BYU’s defense buckled down and held him to 45 yards through the second half and overtime periods.
BYU intercepted Fitzgerald twice, including one from Kai Nacua, who leads the nation with five interceptions in seven games.
Williams now has 3,468 rushing yards in his career, surpassing Harvey Unga on the school’s all-time list. He’s also second nationally with 942 rushing yards this season.