Jaren Hall threw three touchdown passes and took offense for a total of 241 yards, helping BYU defeat No. 21 Utah 23-17.
PROVO, Utah — Jaren Hall threw three touchdown passes on Saturday night and took offense for a total of 241 yards, helping BEU Tople No. 21 Utah 23-17.
Tyler Allgier added 97 yards on 27 carries as the Cougars broke a nine-game losing streak against the Utes. It was BYU’s first win over its rivals since 2009.
BYU ran for 219 yards, becoming the first team to achieve at least 200 rushing yards against Utah as Texas also ran 231 yards at the 2019 Alamo Bowl.
Micah Bernard ran for 146 yards and had a touchdown on 12 carries to lead Utah. Charlie Brewer threw 147 yards and a touchdown for the Utes, which backfired the entire game.
BEU forced a pair of Utah turnovers at the start of the first quarter. Charlie Brewer threw an interception that Chaz Ah Yu returned to Utah 30 on the Utes’ first drive. Tawian Thomas fumbles the ball on Utah’s second drive, and it bounces to Isaiah Heron at Utah 42.
The Cougars didn’t do much with the takeaway, receiving only a 37-yard field goal from Jake Oldroyd in two starts in the Utah field.
BYU stayed grounded to reach the end zone in the second quarter. The Cougars extended their lead to 10-0 on a 4-yard toss from Hall to Neil Pau. They ran 12 times on a 14-play drive, fourth over Utah 36 and on 11 position highlighted by an 18-yard scramble on the sidelines by Hall.
Utah took a 10-7 lead on a 20-yard pass from Brewer to an open Brent Kuithe. BYU stopped the Utes on the 4th-placed Cougar 8 to prevent them from taking their first lead. The Cougars covered 93 yards in 11 plays, culminating in a 2-yard TD catch by Samson Nakua, who took a 16-7 lead just before halftime. Hall danced out of the pressure and threw a 33-yard dart to Keanu Hill, a play earlier to set up Nakua’s score.
Hall scored a pair of big runs 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.
Utah: The Utes started off with a bang on the offense after making two quick turnovers. Utah never found a rhythm through four quarters and could not maintain the drive, going 2 out of 9 on the third down and 0 out of 2 on the fourth down.
BYU: Hall used his elusiveness and speed to create big plays that kept many drives alive. This complemented an impressive performance in the trenches for the Cougars. BYU beat Utah in both rushing yards and passing yards.
Utah will likely drop out of the AP Top 25 after losing to BEU.
Utah: Saturday in San Diego State
BYU: Host No. 23 Arizona State on Saturday.
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