PROVO, Utah (AP) — Cody Hoffman returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and BYU forced three turnovers in a 24-17 victory over Central Florida on Friday night.
Bryan Kariya’s 6-yard TD run with 10:29 left gave BYU a 24-17 lead, and the Cougars stymied a last-minute drive by the Knights.
The victory was a much-needed boost for the Cougars (2-2), who were coming off a 44-point loss at home to rival Utah.
Central Florida (2-2) now has dropped two straight after outscoring its first two opponents 92-3.
Hoffman’s third-quarter score was BYU’s first kickoff return for a touchdown in 13 years, a string of 160 games, and answered an 84-yard scoring drive directed by Central Florida quarterback Jeff Godfrey.
Godfrey ran for two touchdowns, but he also threw his first interception late in the game as the Knights were driving.