Saturday's 38-24 loss on the road in a future conference rival's home stadium didn't just end anything but a Independence Bowl bid for the Cougars, but showed just how far the program needs to grow to live up to the Big 12's standard.
Freshman kicker Blake Glessner's two field goals in the third quarter made the difference in a defense-heavy contest as Montana State edged Weber State 13-7. Montana State played catchup after Weber State jumped ahead on the game-opening drive.
Uncharacteristic turnovers and a one-dimensional offense turned BYU's perceived strengths into weaknesses in a stunning 26-17 loss to Boise State that knocked the Cougars from the ranks of the unbeatens.
Cyrus Habibi-Likio ran for 75 yards and a touchdown, and Andrew Van Buren added 54 yards and a score as Boise State upended BYU, 26-17 to hand the 10th-ranked Cougars their first loss of the season Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 63,470 fans at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
The Cougars are 5-0 after playing three quarterbacks, a top 10 running back nationally in Tyler Allgeier, and a defense that shut out Utah State in the third quarter and held the Aggies to just 7 points in the second half.
The former BYU quarterback and Corner Canyon product completed 21 of 34 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns to help the New York Jets to a 27-24 overtime win Sunday over the Tennessee Titans, while Reid reached 100 wins with his second NFL franchise.
After Baylor Romney's first-half injury, it was up to Conover, the true freshman quarterback just over a year removed from a church mission to Paraguay who hadn't played a snap of competitive football in more than three years, to figure things out on the road for BYU.