PROVO, Utah (AP) - Riley Nelson threw for two touchdowns and third-string quarterback Taysom Hill added another on his first collegiate pass as Brigham Young beat Washington State 30-6 on Thursday night to spoil Mike Leach's return to coaching.
BYU intercepted Jeff Tuel twice and sacked him three times while limiting Leach's vaunted Air Raid attack to 224 yards total offense.
Washington State finished with minus-5 yards rushing.
Nelson finished 25 of 36 for 285 yards. Tight end Kaneakua Friel led BYU with six catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
Washington State came out passing as expected, with Tuel starting 8 of 9. But his 10th pass was intercepted by Uona Kaveinga, and the momentum shifted to BYU before a "white-out" crowd.
It was Leach's first game since being fired by Texas Tech in 2009 amid allegations he mistreated a player with a concussion.
The WSU Cougars will next play the Eastern Eagles in Pullman on Saturday, September 8th.