BYU coach Kalani Sitake viewed Wisconsin’s brand of smashmouth football as a blueprint for success.
The Cougars followed the plan to perfection Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.
Squally Canada ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns and BYU handed mistake-prone Wisconsin its first nonconference home loss since 2003 with a 24-21 victory.
BYU gave sixth-ranked Wisconsin fits on motion plays and sweeps.
The Cougars (2-1) tossed in a trick play, too, when receiver Aleva Hifo found open tight end Moroni Laulu-Pututau for a 31-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Sitake was so happy with the toughness of his team that he gave the game ball to his strength and conditioning coaches.
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“I talked about how much I admire the (Wisconsin) program, the tradition and the smashmouth football that they play,” Sitake said. “But (BYU’s) players were gritty and they played hard and with a lot of toughness.”
Wisconsin (2-1) had one last chance to avoid an upset with a drive that started with 3:55 left at its own 8. But normally reliable senior kicker Rafael Gaglianone’s 42-yard field goal attempt to tie with 41 seconds left went wide left .
“BYU! BYU!” yelled the small contingent of Cougars fans in the stands. BYU’s last victory over a top-10 team came in 2009 with a 14-13 win over third-ranked Oklahoma.
“We just wanted to win the line of scrimmage and be physical,” Sitake said.
The Badgers’ 41-game nonconference winning streak — the longest active in the nation — came to an end. Their hopes to make the College Football Playoff probably did, too.
“Win as a team and everyone can own their part equally in a loss,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said.
Skyler Southam’s 45-yard field goal with 9:58 left, set up by Canada’s 46-yard run on the first play of a five-play drive, gave BYU the lead for good, 24-21.
The Cougars punched right back after Wisconsin tied the game at 21 on Taiwan Deal’s 5-yard touchdown run with 12:43 to go.
“They out-executed us,” Badgers linebacker T.J. Edwards said.
Wisconsin’s last nonconference loss at home was to UNLV, 23-5 on Sept. 13, 2003.
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