The Brigham Young Cougars face the Utah Aggies Friday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
BYU bounced back from two consecutive losses with a 47-0 trouncing of Hawaii last week. The Cougars took advantage of a barrage of Hawaii injuries for 396 rushing yards, led by 17-year-old running back Jamaal Williams and quarterback Taysom Hill. The freshmen duo totaled 296 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Starting in place of injured senior Riley Nelson, Hill also went 12-for-21 for 112 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. BYU blew the game open with 20 straight points in the first half, capped by a 68-yard rush to pay dirt by Hill. The Cougars fourth ranked defense shutout Hawaii, and are surrendering just 10 points per game this season.
Utah State also recovered from a difficult loss to Wisconsin on Sept. 15, and is now on a two-game winning streak after routing UNLV 35-13 last Saturday.
Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton piled up 402 passing yards and four touchdowns, and running back Kerwynn Williams contributed 260 total yards as Utah State pulled away in the fourth quarter with 15-0 run.
Williams rushed for 113 yards, and made seven receptions for 147 yards, including a 74-yard reception early in the fourth quarter that UNLV could never counter.
Betting Odds: BYU is favored by 7 points
Over/Under: 46 points.
Prediction: The Cougars already have two tight losses this season, and are prime to make sure another one doesn’t happen too soon. Expect BYU to continue to be an offensive force, and win handily against a tough Utah State squad that will make this game competitive in the first half before the game breaks open in the second half.
Predicted Score: BYU over Utah State, 30-14
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