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GAMEDAY College Football

Brigham Young 38, Utah State 26

By JOHN COON
Associated Press

PROVO, Utah - Jaren Hall threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 19 BYU to a 38-26 victory over Utah State.

Hall, who favored his right shoulder after a late hit near the end of the third quarter, has thrown for at least 250 yards in nine consecutive games. Kody Epps finished with 86 yards and a touchdown on five catches. Christopher Brooks ran for 90 yards and a score on 11 carries.

BYU (4-1) beat Utah State for the third straight time in the Battle for the Old Wagon Wheel.

Cooper Legas threw for 188 yards and two touchdowns while adding 54 yards and another score on the ground to lead the Aggies. Legas, who filled in for injured starter Logan Bonner, also threw a pair of interceptions. Calvin Tyler, Jr. added 104 yards on 18 carries.

The Aggies (1-4, 0-1 MW) lost their fourth straight game and fell to 6-65 all-time versus AP Top 25 teams.

Utah State took a 7-0 lead after Legas capped the Aggies' opening drive with a 7-yard run. Things were on the verge of unraveling for Utah State after that early score.

BYU covered 65 yards in two plays - a 34 yard catch by Gunner Romney and 31-yard catch-and-run by Keanu Hill - to even the score. Then, Max Tooley reeled in a tipped pass from Legas and returned it 32 yards to give the Cougars their first lead at 14-7.

Utah State bounced back and shut down BYU's offense after its initial drive. The Cougars went three-and-out on three consecutive possessions, opening the door for the Aggies to retake a 17-14 lead on a 14-yard catch by Brian Cobbs. BYU lost a total of nine yards on those three drives.

The Cougars found some life on offense again in the third quarter. Ethan Erickson snagged a high pass for a go-ahead 14-yard score to cap off BYU's opening second-half drive. Then, on the Cougars' next drive, Kody Epps caught three straight passes - culminating in an 8-yard score that extended BYU's lead to 31-20.

BYU averaged 9.0 yards on 22 third quarter plays after totaling only 107 yards on 19 plays during the first half.

The Cougars finally got their running game going in the fourth quarter. Brooks scored on an 18-yard run to cap off six straight running plays and give BYU a 38-20 lead.

THE TAKEAWAY

Utah State: Turnovers continued to be a problem for the Aggies. An interception return gave BYU its first lead early in the first quarter while a red zone fumble only a few seconds into the second quarter killed a potential scoring drive.

BYU: The Cougars' running game woes resurfaced in the first half. BYU did not gain positive yardage on a running play until late in the second quarter and tallied minus-21 rushing yards before halftime. It was the fewest rushing yards in a half for BYU since tallying minus-28 rushing yards against Marshall in the second half of the 1999 Motor City Bowl.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UtahStBYU
UtahSt TD 10:39 Cooper Legas 7 yard TD run (Connor Coles Extra Point) 7 0
BYU TD 9:56 Keanu Hill 31 yard TD pass from Jaren Hall (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 7 7
BYU TD 8:35 Max Tooley 34 yard interception return for TD (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 7 14
Second Quarter UtahStBYU
UtahSt FG 9:34 Connor Coles 50 yard field goal 10 14
UtahSt TD 5:04 Brian Cobbs 14 yard TD pass from Cooper Legas (Connor Coles Extra Point) 17 14
BYU FG 2:32 Jake Oldroyd 45 yard field goal 17 17
Third Quarter UtahStBYU
BYU TD 12:19 Ethan Erickson 14 yard TD pass from Jaren Hall (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 17 24
UtahSt FG 10:03 Connor Coles 33 yard field goal 20 24
BYU TD 6:12 Kody Epps 8 yard TD pass from Jaren Hall (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 20 31
Fourth Quarter UtahStBYU
BYU TD 8:18 Christopher Brooks 18 yard TD run (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 20 38
UtahSt TD 1:09 Brian Cobbs 27 yard TD pass from Cooper Legas (Terrell Vaughn 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 26 38
Team Stats
  Utah State BYU
First downs 24 21
  Rushing 11 7
  Passing 8 11
  Penalty 5 3
3rd Down Efficiency 7-17, 41% 4-11, 36%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 48-203 32-117
Passing Yards 189 279
Return Yards 44 142
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-32-2 18-28-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-7 1-9
Punts 4 3
Fumbles Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 8-70 10-83
Utah State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Legas 19 31 189 2 2
BYU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Hall 17 27 273 3 0
K. Hill 1 1 6 0 0
Utah State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Tyler Jr. 18 103 5.7 0
C. Legas 19 52 2.7 1
R. Briggs 10 46 4.6 0
L. Williams 1 2 2.0 0
BYU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Brooks 11 90 8.2 1
M. Davis 8 39 4.9 0
C. Jackson 2 4 2.0 0
G. Romney 1 2 2.0 0
L. Katoa 4 0 0.0 0
J. Hall 3 -15 -5.0 0
Utah State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Cobbs 10 96 9.6 2
T. Vaughn 5 46 9.2 0
J. McGriff 1 29 29.0 0
C. Tyler Jr. 2 18 9.0 0
R. Briggs 1 0 0.0
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BYU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Epps 5 86 17.2 1
B. Cosper 3 56 18.7 0
G. Romney 4 51 12.8 0
K. Hill 2 46 23.0 1
I. Rex 2 20 10.0 0
E. Erickson 1 14 14.0 1
J. Hall 1 6 6.0 0
Utah State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
BYU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Tooley 1 34
B. Bywater 1 14
Utah State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
S. Kotsanlee 4 151 37.8
BYU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Rehkow 3 132 44.0
Utah State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Jones 3 27 9.0
BYU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
H. Nyberg 1 12 12.0
Utah State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Vaughn 1 17 17.0
BYU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
H. Nyberg 3 82 27.3
K. Hill 1 0 0
Utah State Missed FG
Player Length
BYU Missed FG
Player Length
J. Oldroyd 33
J. Oldroyd 35




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