Who says Kevin Feterik isn't a typical BYU quarterback?
Feterik completed 39 of 59 passes for 500 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 38-yarder to Chris Hale with 1 minute 16 seconds remaining as BYU beat Washington, 35-28, in a season opener tonight. Hale, a freshman and son of BYU Athletic Director Val Hale, scored the winner on his first varsity catch.
The Cougars held off a final challenge after the Huskies reached the BYU 12-yard line. Marques Tuiasosopo was sacked by Byron Frisch with five seconds left, and Tuiasosopo threw out of the end zone on the game's final play.
The victory spoiled Rick Neuheisel's debut as coach of the Huskies, and afterward BYU students swarmed the field to celebrate.
Washington rallied from a 13-point deficit behind two fourth-quarter touchdowns by Tuiasosopo. The Huskies were aided by an interception off Feterik, who otherwise looked nearly flawless in BYU's new shotgun offense.
BYU led 27-14 after freshman Luke Staley scored his second touchdown of the third quarter on an 11-yard run with 3:16 left in the period. At that point, the Washington offense had crossed midfield once.
Tuiasosopo led a 17-play, 88-yard drive, capped by his five-yard scoring run. The touchdown was set up when, with the Huskies at midfield, Tuiasosopo threw for the end zone and BYU's Heishimu Robertson was called for interference.
On the ensuing series, Feterik's pass to Ben Horton was intercepted by Anthony Vonture, who returned it 26 yards to the Cougars 11.