In a highly anticipated match-up between instate rivals BYU and Utah State; the Aggies lost more than just the game.
On a night where fans expected a tight game from beginning to end, BYU jumped out to an unexpected lead 10 seconds into the game. On the first offensive play of the game, Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton was Intercepted by Kyle Van Noy and returned 15 yards for a touchdown.
Only three minutes later the Aggies tied the game. After BYU quarterback Tayson Hill fumbled the ball on the BYU 15, the Aggies took advantage. Keeton found Travis Van Leeuwen for a 7 yard score only three plays later.
On the following possession for BYU, the Cougars put together the first real drive of the game and took the lead for good. BYU marched all the way down to the Utah State 10 yard line before the Aggie defense got a stop. BYU kicker Justin Sorensen hit a 27 yard field goal for the 10-7 lead.
Only minutes later the game and maybe even the season turned for Utah State. While scrambling on a 3rd down play, Keeton made a jump cut and was hit as he landed. His left knee buckled as Keeton crumpled to the ground.
Keeton would not return to the game and the Aggies really struggled in his absence. Although Keeton’s injury is not known at this point, it appeared to be very serious. In his stead, backup Craig Harrison played very solid but couldn’t do enough to keep the Aggies in the game.
Although the BYU run game never really got on track, the Cougars had plenty of offense to take down a shorthanded Aggies squad.
Taysom Hill had his best passing game as a Cougar. He completed 17 of 31 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns as BYU finished off the Aggies 31-14. Wide receiver Mitch Matthews caught all three of Hill’s touchdown passes and finished the game with 5 catches for 112 yards.
The BYU run game was led Jamaal Williams who carried the ball 14 times for 79 yards. It was a solid showing for Williams who was returning to action after missing the Cougars’ last game. Williams was knocked out of the BYU game against Utah two weeks ago and spent the night in the hospital after a concussion and a stinger.
The BYU defense played another solid game led by Van Noy, and safety Daniel Sorenson. BYU will be back at home for their next contest against Georgia Tech from the ACC.