Scores

Final

Utah 20

(3-1, 0-1 Pac-12)

BYU 13

(1-2)

Coverage: ESPN2

10:15 PM ET, September 21, 2013

LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT

1 2 3 4 T
UTAH 3 10 0 720
BYU 0 0 6 713

Top Performers

Passing: T. Wilson (UTAH) - 273 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: T. Hill (BYU) - 20 CAR, 99 YDS

Receiving: D. Anderson (UTAH) - 8 REC, 141 YDS

Utah wins fourth straight over BYU 20-13

Associated Press
Utah Utes at Brigham Young Cougars Highlight
Taysom Hill pass intercepted by Michael Walker at the Utah 17, returned for no gain to the Utah 17.
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PROVO, Utah -- Travis Wilson threw for 273 yards and two touchdown passes and Dres Anderson had 141 yards on eight receptions to lead Utah to a 20-13 victory over BYU on Saturday night.

James Poole added 96 yards on 18 carries for the Utes, who won their fourth straight game over the Cougars. Utah (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) has won nine of the last 12 games in the series overall.

Taysom Hill threw for 260 yards and an interception on 18-of-48 passing and ran for 99 yards on 20 carries to lead BYU. The Cougars (1-2) rallied to within a touchdown late in the fourth quarter after Michael Alisa scored on a 1 yard run with 5:13 left.

BYU had a chance to tie it up a few minutes later, but Michael Walker intercepted Hill's pass on 4th-and-13 from the Utah 38 with 1:37 left to slam the door on the Cougar comeback.

Utah stifled BYU's offense throughout the first half. The Cougars went 3-and-out on four possessions and crossed midfield only three times. BYU's only scoring opportunity resulted in a missed 32-yard field goal from Justin Sorensen.

It took Utah some time to find a rhythm on offense. Freshman kicker Andy Phillips got things going early for the Utes. He connected on a 36-yard field goal to give Utah a 3-0 lead in the first quarter after James Poole raced down the sideline for 65 yards to get the Utes in scoring position. His second field goal -- this time from 31 yards out -- pushed the lead to 6-0 with 8:05 left before halftime.

Utah added a touchdown just before halftime to go up 13-0. Dres Anderson broke several tackles on a slant route and took the ball down to the 1 yard line, setting up a 1-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Anthony Denham.

Wilson accumulated 185 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-20 passing in the first half alone.

Quarterback play for the Cougars proved less reliable. Taysom Hill had difficulty breaking lose for the long runs he torched Texas with two weeks earlier and was forced to go to the air frequently. Hill had little success finding his receivers, throwing for 146 yards on just 9-of-23 passing before halftime.

Hill came out stronger on the opening drive in the third quarter. He ripped off a 41-yard run to set up a 32-yard field goal by Sorensen that cut Utah's lead to 13-3. Sorensen converted a second field goal to make it 13-6 with 5:39 left in the third quarter.

BYU converted a fourth down at the Utah 29 to set up the second field goal. It came at a huge cost. Cougar running back Jamaal Williams was hurt after suffering a helmet to helmet collision while getting the first down yardage. Williams left the game on a stretcher midway through the third quarter. He did not return. Williams had accumulated 52 yards on 13 carries for BYU before getting injured.

Wilson turned back BYU's initial rally early in the fourth quarter. He completed seven straight pass attempts -- capped off with a 2-yard scoring toss to Karl Williams -- to extend Utah's lead to 20-6 with 12:44 left.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTAH
BYU
1st Downs1624
Total Yards402443
Passing273260
Rushing129183
Penalties8-657-55
3rd Down Conversions1-145-21
4th Down Conversions0-01-4
Turnovers01
Possession33:1326:47

Passing Leaders

UtahC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wilson24/352737.820
Brigham YoungC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hill18/482605.401

Rushing Leaders

UtahCARYDSAVGTDLG
Poole18965.3065
York7263.7013
Brigham YoungCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hill20995.0041
Williams13524.0010

Receiving Leaders

UtahRECYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson814117.6074
Fitzgerald55310.6014
Brigham YoungRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hoffman810813.5032
Mathews35418.0026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUTAHBYU
FG01:30Andy Phillips 36 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERUTAHBYU
FG08:05Andy Phillips 32 Yd 60
TD01:17Anthony Denham 1 Yd Pass From Travis Wilson (Andy Phillips Kick) 130
THIRD QUARTERUTAHBYU
FG11:39Justin Sorensen 32 Yd 133
FG05:39Justin Sorensen 31 Yd 136
FOURTH QUARTERUTAHBYU
TD12:44Karl Williams 2 Yd Pass From Travis Wilson (Andy Phillips Kick) 206
TD05:13Michael Alisa 1 Yd Run (Justin Sorensen Kick) 2013