NCAAF Game Recap - Utah at Brigham Young
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:15 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Aug 29, 2019, 10:15 PM EDT

Final

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2

3

4

T

(14) Utah (1-0)

3

6

7

14

30

Brigham Young (0-1)

0

6

0

6

12

Moss runs for TD, No. 14 Utah beats BYU 30-12 in opener
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:00 AM

PROVO, Utah (AP) Utah's defense picked up where it left off last season. BYU paid a steep price for it.

The No. 14 Utes scored three touchdowns off three BYU turnovers to pull away for a 30-12 victory on Thursday night in the opener for both teams. Utah left no doubt about how strong its defense could be this season.

Over the final 30 minutes, the Cougars gained just 104 yards on 18 total plays.

"We heard all the time about how they had a great offense," safety Julian Blackmon said. "They have a great team for sure, but we know that man-for-man we're the better team. So at the end of the day, we just wanted to come out and prove that."

Utah's defense did its part, and Zack Moss highlighted the offensive effort.

Moss ran for 181 yards and a touchdown to help the Utes (1-0) earn their ninth straight victory in the 100th game in the Holy War rivalry.

The senior suffered a hand injury in fall camp and wore a protective splint after the game. It didn't seem to limit it him at all. Moss propelled the offense after halftime by gashing the Cougars for a series of big runs. He averaged 6.2 yards on 29 carries.

The defense took care of the rest.

"It was a big confidence builder for me," Moss said. "I had so many nerves coming into this game. Just getting hit a few times really hurt at first, but I was just able to start to be myself again. It was good to go out like that."

Zach Wilson totaled 208 yards on 21-of-33 passing and added 43 yards on the ground to lead BYU (0-1). Wilson also threw a pair of interceptions that Utah returned for touchdowns.

"It's hard to spot them two touchdowns on pick-sixes," BYU coach Kalani Sitake said. "That's difficult for a defense and we felt we were getting in some good positions. I'd like our guys to respond better, defensively, especially those last nine minutes."

Utah gained just 125 yards in the first half. The Utes totaled only three points on their first two drives after starting on their own 40 and the BYU 33.

With their offense sputtering before halftime, the Utes turned to their defense get some points on the board. Utah took a 9-3 lead in the second quarter when Francis Bernard stepped in front of a wobbly pass from Wilson, as he tried to avoid a sack, and returned it 58 yards, untouched, for a score.

"We just shot ourselves in the foot pretty much every drive in the first half," tight end Matt Bushman said.

Utah's offense sprang to life on the opening drive of the third quarter. Jaylen Dixon capped an 11-play, 75-yard drive with a 2-yard sprint to push the Utes' lead to 16-6. Moss gave Utah a spark with back-to-back 14-yard gains that moved the ball to the BYU 44.

The Utes capitalized on two more BYU turnovers and put the Cougars away in the fourth quarter. Moss punched in a 4-yard touchdown after Mika Tafua recovered a fumble by Williams at the BYU 22. Then, Julian Blackmon returned an interception 39 yards to put Utah up 30-6 with 12:25 remaining.

A lightning delay with 9:01 left in the fourth quarter suspended play for 54 minutes before the game resumed at just after midnight local time.

SPECIAL TEAMS STRUGGLES

Utah endured a rare off night on special teams. UCLA transfer Andrew Strauch went 1 of 2 on field goal attempts, making his first kick from 41 yards and then missing from 25 yards on the opening play of the fourth quarter.

Strauch also missed his first PAT attempt in the second quarter, snapping a streak of 182 consecutive made PATs by the Utes dating to 2014. It was the third-longest such streak in the nation heading into the game.

Jadon Redding took over at placekicker for the remainder of the fourth quarter.

"Special teams were a disappointment tonight," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "We've got to be much better on special teams."

CLOUD NINE

Getting defensive scores have become a staple for Utah in rivalry games with BYU during the Utes' nine-game winning streak. Since 2011, the Utes have return six interceptions and three fumbles for touchdowns.

"That's what great defenses do," Whittingham said. "They make big plays and they score."

THE TAKEAWAY

Utah: Just like a year ago, the Utes woke up from a first-half slumber and dominated on both sides of the ball over the final 30 minutes. Utah allowed BYU to gain just 29 yards in nine plays on the Cougars' first three second-half drives. The Utes also forced back-to-back turnovers that allowed them to score 21 unanswered points and put the game out of reach.

BYU: Mistakes doomed the Cougars yet again against their archrival. BYU's defense held Utah's offense in check during the first half and gained 196 yards on offense. But three turnovers led to 20 points for the Utes and turned a close game into a blowout.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A dominant second-half showing could see the Utes climb a spot or two in the poll on Monday.

UP NEXT

Utah: The Utes host Northern Illinois in their home opener on September 6.

BYU: The Cougars travel to Rocky Top for the first time to take on Tennessee on September 6.

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Passing

Utah Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Huntley 16 13 81.3 0 106 26 0 94.3
BYU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
Z. Wilson 33 21 63.6 0 208 26 2 56.1

Rushing

Utah Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
Z. Moss 29 187 6.4 28 1
T. Huntley 8 39 4.9 13 0
BYU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Williams 7 45 6.4 18 1
Z. Wilson 8 43 5.4 26 0

Receiving

Utah Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Kuithe 3 37 12.3 26 0
D. Simpkins 4 35 8.8 13 0
BYU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Bushman 6 62 10.3 26 0
A. Hifo 4 40 10.0 13 0

Fumbles

Returning

Utah KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
B. Covey 0 - 0 0 3 15.3 0 40
J. Nurse 1 0.0 0 0 0 - 0 0
BYU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Milne 2 16.0 0 20 0 - 0 0

Punting

Utah Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Lennon 2 81 40.5 41
BYU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Oldroyd 3 147 49.0 56

Takeaways

Utah Int Yds InTD
J. Blackmon 1 39 1
F. Bernard 1 58 1

Team Stats Comparison

Utah BYU
Points For 30 12
Total Yards 368 300
Rushing Yards 262 92
Passing Yards 106 208
Passing Completions / Attempts 13/16 21/33
Turnovers 0 3
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/1
First Downs 21 14
Penalties - Yards 7/64 7/63
Time Of Possession 58:58 2:02
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/11 6/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 2/40 3/49

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Utah BYU
Utah 6:53 FG Andrew Strauch 41 yd FG 3 0
2nd Quarter Utah BYU
BYU 0:45 FG Jacob Oldroyd 32 yd FG 3 3
Utah 4:43 TD Francis Bernard 58 yd interception return (missed kick) 9 3
BYU 9:08 FG Jacob Oldroyd 37 yd FG 9 6
3rd Quarter Utah BYU
Utah 5:13 TD Jaylen Dixon 2 yd run (Andrew Strauch kick) 16 6
4th Quarter Utah BYU
Utah 2:04 TD Zack Moss 4 yd run (Jadon Redding kick) 23 6
Utah 2:35 TD Julian Blackmon 39 yd interception return (Jadon Redding kick) 30 6
BYU 5:41 TD Ty'Son Williams 10 yd run (failed 2pt rush) 30 12

Game Information

Stadium: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah
Attendance: 61,626
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