TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Thompson scored on an 83-yard touchdown on his first carry of the game and Ty Jones scored twice as Florida State broke open a close game in the second half, defeating BYU 34-10 on Saturday.
Florida State's defense held BYU to 191 yards -- just 39 in the second half -- and sacked Cougar quarterbacks eight times.
The Seminoles (2-1) were coming off a 47-17 loss last week at Oklahoma where quarterback Christian Ponder suffered through the worst performance of his career. But Ponder rebounded Saturday and accounted for both of Florida State's scores in a decisive third quarter when the Seminoles opened a 27-10 lead.
BYU (1-2) had scored the final 10 points of the first half to trail 13-10 at the break. The Cougars lone touchdown came with 14 seconds remaining before halftime when Jake Heaps threw a 4-yard pass to Cody Hoffman.