Oct 4, 2013; Logan, UT, USA; Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy (3) intercepts the football on the first play of the game against Utah State Aggies and runs into the end zone in the first quarter at Romney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

BYU vs Utah State Recap: Cougars Dominate Aggies, Taysom Hill Shines

BYU Football had some offense tonight.  Not only was it an offensive explosion up in Logan, but it was mostly done through the air.  Woah wait, BYU passing the football?  Yes it happened tonight, and BYU got a solid win over a Utah State, downing the Aggies 31-14.

Utah State lost their star QB, Chuckie Keeton to a knee injury  in the first quarter, which was a huge blow to the Aggies.  When Keeton went out BYU was still up 10-7, but the loss of Keeton was significant.  With that said, this was a BYU team that was well prepared and came to play tonight in Logan.

With the win BYU moves to 3-2 on the season.  Georgia Tech comes to Provo next week for Homecoming.

The defense was terrific tonight.  Utah State had a touchdown early in the 1st quarter to tie the game up at seven, which was set up by a Taysom Hill putting the Aggies inside BYU’s 20.  Other than that, the Aggies were kept in check the whole night until a late TD in the 4th quarter.

Kyle Van Noy was a do-it-all linebacker that we’ve grown to love.  Is it sad to think KVN only has seven or eight games left in his career? Sad thought.  Enjoy him while we can Cougar fans.  Going into this game, many BYU fans felt this was a game where BYU was the underdog, KVN’s pick six on the first play from scrimmage changed everyone’s mindset.  BYU never looked back the rest of the way.

On the offensive side of the ball, Taysom Hill had his breakout game in the passing department.  Hill was stifled by Utah State’s physical front seven running the ball but he tossed for 278 yards and three touchdowns, all of which went to Mitch Mathews who finally had his breakout game.  Living up to some of that hype he received throughout fall camp.

Great win for a program that needed to gain confidence offensively. The running game had a step back due to the patchwork offensive line that was being reshuffled for the fifth time in as many games, but now people have a game to point to and say, hey! Taysom Hill can throw the football and win games in multiple ways.

Tags: BYU Cougars Chuckie Keeton Kyle Van Noy Taysom Hill Utah State Aggies

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