BYU, Utes football: Utah defeats BYU again, enters 2-year break on 4-game winning streak
Utah ended up driving deep into BYU territory before settling for a 32-yard field goal by Phillips to make it 6-0 for the Utes.
The Cougars responded with their best drive of the first half — highlighted by a 32-yard catch by Cody Hoffman. BYU marched to the Utah 16-yard line, where Justin Sorensen’s 34-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.
Late in the first half, the Utes struck again thanks to a 74-yard catch-and-run by Anderson, who broke a couple of tackles and weaved his way down to the Utah 1-yard line. Two plays later, Wilson connected with Anthony Denham for a touchdown with 1:17 remaining.
At halftime, Utah led 13-0.
BYU continued making miscues in the second half. On its first drive, a 50-yard pass play was nullified by a holding call. Still, the Cougars recovered as Hill picked up 41 yards on a run, setting up a 32-yard field goal by Sorensen to cut the deficit to 13-3.
The next time BYU got the ball, it again moved the ball into Utah territory. On fourth-and-1 with 7:58 remaining in the third quarter, running back Jamaal Williams plowed into the line and his helmet was driven into the ground.
The crowd of more than 63,000 went silent and players from both BYU and Utah took a knee on the field as they watched doctors and trainers attend to Williams. Williams was placed on a backboard, carted off the field, and transported to the hospital.
ESPN reported that Williams’ mother said her son had movement in his hands, legs and feet.
"Our concern right now is for his neck," Mendenhall said after the game. "Hopefully, they get a good prognosis. I havne't heard anything since they took him to the hospital."
The Cougars ended up settling for a 31-yard field goal by Sorensen as they made the score 13-6.
Later, BYU punted on fourth-and-1 near midfield, and Utah took over on its own 14-yard line. The Utes drove 79 yards on 12 plays, capped by a 2-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Karl Williams. A key play on that drive was a pass interference penalty on BYU inside the red zone.
A 58-yard punt return by Falslev with 9:44 remaining gave BYU the ball at the Utah 13. But that drive stalled again as Hill’s pass into the end zone on fourth-and-4 fell incomplete.
The Cougars finally found the end zone with 5:13 remaining in the game as Alisa scored on a 1-yard dive to make it 20-13.
BYU had another opportunity to potentially tie the game with less than two minutes remaining, but Michael Walker picked off Hill on fourth-and-13.
The Cougars had one last chance to send the game into overtime, but Hill’s final pass fell incomplete as time expired.
"I thought (Hill) gave us a chance right until the end," Mendenhall said. "That's all I can ask from any quarterback. He'll continue to learn and grow as well as our team, but I like him a lot."
BYU hosts Middle Tennessee on Friday while Utah has a bye.
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