|Published:||Oct 06, 2012 2:07 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 06, 2012 6:32 AM EDT|
PROVO, UTAH (AP) - Freshman quarterback Taysom Hill passed for 235 yards and a touchdown, and Brigham Young's defense did the rest in a 6-3 victory over instate rival Utah State on Friday night.
The Aggies (4-2) had a chance to tie the game with 7:47 left but Josh Thompson pulled a 38-yard field goal attempt wide left.
BYU's fifth-ranked defense has not allowed a touchdown in 13 straight quarters and held the Aggies' high-powered duo of Chuckie Keeton and Kerwynn Williams in check most of the game. Keeton completed 22 of 38 passes for 202 yards but was intercepted once and fumbled once. The Aggies have now 17 straight games against BYU in Provo.
BYU (4-2) held the Aggies to 243 yards total offense. Williams had averaged 159 yards rushing the previous two games but managed just 18 yards on 14 carries Friday night.
The Cougars' only points were on Hill's 3-yard pass to JD Falslev with 3 seconds left in the first half. Thompson's 26-yard field goal late in the first quarter accounted for Utah State's only points.
The game was a defensive struggle from the start.
The Aggies had not allowed a first-quarter point all season and they kept that streak going.
BYU, meanwhile, saw its defense make play after play against an Aggies team that won its last two games by a combined 34 points, while averaging 33 points and 502 yards offense.
BYU limited the Aggies to 41 yards net rushing.
Hill's only mistake was a fourth-quarter interception. He also gained 80 yards on 19 carries.
Utah State was attempting to sweep in-state counterparts Utah and BYU for the first time since 1974. The Aggies pulled off a 27-20 overtime win at home against Utah on Sept. 7. They also opened the season with a victory over Southern Utah.
Keeton, who was coming off a four-touchdown, 404-yard passing effort against UNLV that earned him Western Athletic Conference offensive player of the week, had his chances.
His 13-yard pass to Williams gave the Aggies a first-and-goal at the BYU 6.. But Kyle Van Noy stuffed Williams for a 2-yard loss on third-and-goal from the 1, forcing Utah State to settle for the field goal.
Ezekiel Ansah also had a huge game for BYU, with two sacks and three tackles for a loss.
The biggest disappointment for BYU was its kicking game.
Justin Sorensen's 34-yard field goal attempt with 4:25 left in the half was blocked by Paul Piukala.
Then, after Hill drove BYU 61 yards in 25 seconds, capped by the TD pass to Falslev, Riley Stephenson shanked the extra point left.
It wouldn't matter.
Now BYU has to get ready for No. 14 Oregon State, followed by road games with Notre Dame and Georgia Tech.