Nose tackle Mike Atkinson returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown and No. 24 Boise State held off Brigham Young 7-6 on Thursday...

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BOISE, Idaho — Nose tackle Mike Atkinson returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown and No. 24 Boise State held off Brigham Young 7-6 on Thursday night in a game dominated by defense.

Boise State (2-1) forced five turnovers and held the Cougars (2-2) to 200 total yards. The Boise State offense wasn’t that much better, managing 261 total yards.

Atkinson’s big play came early in the third quarter when he dropped back into coverage, picked off Riley Nelson’s short pass and rumbled into the end zone. Nelson was benched after throwing his third interception of the game on BYU’s next possession.

Freshman Taysom Hill replaced Nelson, and late in the fourth quarter led the Cougars to their lone score. Hill scored on a 2-yard run with 3:37 to go, but his pass attempt on the two-point conversion was deflected and fell incomplete in the end zone.

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Redmond grad sets Yale record

Cameron Sandquist, a junior at Yale and a graduate of Redmond High School, caught the longest touchdown pass in Bulldogs history last week, scoring on a 98-yard play in Yale’s 24-21 victory over Georgetown.

Visiting Yale was backed up on its 2-yard line inside the final minute of the first half when freshman quarterback Eric Williams unleashed a pass down the right sideline. It was tipped by a Hoyas defender and Sandquist grabbed it and continued all the way for a historic score, bettering Gary Fencik’s 97-yard touchdown in 1975. Fencik was later an All-Pro safety and a key member of the 1985 Chicago Bears’ Super Bowl championship.

The 5-foot-9, 163-pound Sandquist had nine catches for 187 yards. He was Redmond’s athlete of the year in 2009, and broke a couple of receiving records there.


• Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said defensive tackle Chase Rome has returned to the team and will be available to play Saturday against Idaho State. Rome left the team last week after starting the first two games.

• Arkansas coach John L. Smith is trying to wipe away $25.7 million in debt in bankruptcy court and hang on to $1.2 million in retirement accounts and some personal property, according to court filings.

Smith said doctors cleared Tyler Wilson (concussion) to return to action Saturday against Rutgers. Last season’s first-team All-Southeastern Conference quarterback missed the Razorbacks’ 52-0 loss to No. 1 Alabama last week.

James Sims, Kansas’ top returning rusher, is back from a three-game suspension for his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving in April.

• Minnesota freshman wide receiver Andre McDonald was hospitalized. He told the school newspaper he “had a little problem” with his heart.

• McNeese State officials said free safety Malcolm Bronson, an FCS All-American, will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his knee.

• USC coach Lane Kiffin answered questions for seven minutes, a day after he cut short his talk with reporters when he became irritated by a question about an injured player.

Times reporter Bud Withers contributed to this report.

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