Indoor passes for 3 TDs, BYU exceeds # 21 Utah 26-17

PROVO, Utah (AP) – BYU has worked to build itself into a team with a strong defense and an efficient attack based on a blueprint from arch-rival Utah.

The Cougars finally found a way to defeat the Utes – using the same blueprint.

Jaren Hall threw three touchdown passes, taking a total of 241 yards offensive, helping BYU overturn the number 21 Utah 23-17 on Saturday night.

Tyler Allgeier added 97 yards on 27 carries as the Cougars put down a nine-game losing streak against the Utes. It was BYU’s first win over their rivals since 2009 and the team’s biggest win in the series since 1996.

BYU ran 219 yards and was the first team to win at least 200 yards against Utah since Texas also ran 231 yards in the 2019 Alamo Bowl.

“I would have bet my house would go in, that we wouldn’t lose the line of scrimmage,” said Utes coach Kyle Whittingham. “I’ve never seen it before, that we didn’t control the line of scrimmage, we’re doing the best. But we gave up almost 250 meters in a hurry and couldn’t get a sack. “

Micah Bernard ran 146 yards and a touchdown at 12 carries to lead Utah. Charlie Brewer threw for 147 yards and a touchdown for the Utes, who left the entire game behind.

Utah cut BYU’s lead to 23:17 on a 22-yard run by Bernard with 9:31 to go. The Cougars responded with a six-minute drive that ended in a 21-yard field goal from Jake Oldroyd, effectively ending the Utes’ comeback hopes.

“I just love the fight our players have,” said BYU coach Kalani Sitake. “It was good to get this victory.”

BYU forced two sales in Utah early in the first quarter. Charlie Brewer threw an interception that returned Chaz Ah You on the Utes’ first drive to Utah 30. Tavion Thomas fumbled the ball on Utah Second Drive, and it ricocheted off to Isaiah Herron at Utah 42.

The Cougars didn’t do much with either takeaway, only scoring a 37-yard field goal from Oldroyd from two drives starting in Utah Territory.

Still, these defensive games offered a sign of what was to come for both BYU and Utah.

“I know anyone in that defense would have sacrificed anything to get that win, and we did,” said BYU linebacker Payton Wilgar.

BYU stayed on the ground to finally reach the end zone in the second quarter. The Cougars extended their lead to 10-0 after a 4 yard throw from Hall to Neil Pau’u. They ran 12 times on the 14 play drive, highlighted by an 18 yard scramble on the sideline of Hall on a 4th and 11th situation on the Utah 36.

Utah cut the lead to 10-7 after a 20-yard pass from Brewer to a wide-open Brant Kuithe. BYU stopped the Utes in 4th place at the Cougar 8 to discourage them from taking their first lead. The Cougars then marched 93 yards in 11 games, culminating in a 2-yard TD catch from Samson Nacua, who extended the lead to 16-7 just before halftime. Hall danced out of pressure and threw a 33-yard dart at Keanu Hill the previous game to set up Nacua’s score.

Hall made two big runs late in the third quarter to set up a 4-yard pass to Gunner Romney, who extended BYU’s lead to 23-7 with 38 seconds remaining in the period.

He eventually reached 92 yards on eight carries.

“He was able to avoid pressure by using his legs,” said Sitake. “He could extend the trips with his legs.”


Utah: The Utes started with one punch on the offensive after making two quick rallies. Utah never found a rhythm and couldn’t sustain drives in the four quarters, with 2 out of 9 in third place and 0 out of 2 in fourth place.

BYU: Hall used his volatility and speed to create great games that kept multiple urges alive. It complemented a dominant performance in the trenches for the Cougars. BYU overtook Utah in both hurrying yards and passing yards.


BYU dropped to third place against Utah at 11 out of 19. The Cougars’ success in extending the drives enabled them to hold the ball for an additional 11 minutes. They ran a total of 76 games while keeping the Utes at 51 games.

“You have to stop,” said Devin Lloyd, Utah linebacker. “We checked them on most of the first downs and second downs, but too many third-down conversions – it’s as simple as it gets, we’ve given them too many third-down conversions.”


Utah’s defense fell short of their nickname Sack Lake City on Saturday night. The Utes generated zero sacks after failing to contain Hall several times on broken plays. Utah also had no sales and ended the sales margin against the Cougars with minus 2.

BYU, on the other hand, had a pair of sacks and allowed the Utes to gain just 340 yards – a week after surrendering 345 yards to Arizona.


Utah is likely to drop out of the AP Top 25 after losing to BYU.


Utah: On Saturday in the state of San Diego

BYU: host no. 23 Arizona State on Saturday.


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