Breaking down the in-state rivalries in 2013: BYU at Utah State

Published: Monday, Sept. 30 2013 1:46 p.m. MDT

Editor's Note: This is part three in a three-part series on the in-state games this year.

Both the Aggies and the Cougars had something in common last year: they both had incredibly stout defenses that could stand toe to toe with some of college football’s best teams, even if it meant not necessarily winning. The Ags suffered a close defeat to Wisconsin 16-14, while the Cougars dropped a heartbreaker to Boise State 7-6. As such, there was plenty of hype leading up to last year’s contest in LaVell Edwards Stadium.

The result was not nearly as exciting as many had hoped.

Taysom Hill filled in admirably for an injured Riley Nelson. He connected with J.D. Falslev on a short pass at the end of the half for the game's lone touchdown, but BYU couldn’t convert the PAT.

Still, a marvelous defensive effort ensured that touchdown would ultimately be enough. The Aggies scored a field goal earlier and had another chance in the fourth quarter to tie the game with another field goal, but Josh Thompson’s kick sailed off to the side. Nobody would score again in this game, and the Cougars held on to win 6-3.

Both teams had a difficult time finding a good offensive rhythm, and, while both gained yards, both had trouble scoring. This was a true defensive slugfest reminiscent of the 2003 Utah-BYU rivalry game, where the Utes edged the Cougars 3-0.

Though the Cougars won, Hill sustained a season-ending leg injury on the final play of the game. Utah State never lost again and finished with the best season in school history while BYU faced some additional setbacks against Oregon State and Notre Dame, a result many considered a truly wasted opportunity.

This year's kickoff to the USU-BYU game is only a few days away, so let's break down what we will see on the field and what we can expect.

Sam McConkie is a technical and professional writing graduate from Utah State University. EMAIL: samus_4@hotmail.com

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Las Vegas, NV

It's going to be an entertaining game to watch!

Go Ags!!

Las Vegas Aggie
Logan, Utah

This will be a good game and "I Beleive That We Will Win" but the Boise game is more important!

Go Aggies! Win Out!

Born in Provo
Logan, UT

All three in-state teams fairly evenly matched. Great time for football in the state of Utah. Go Cougars!

Spanish fork, UT

I think the byu and Utah state game will bring a lot of by showing some of the great men who served mission's for there church .

I also think byu has a good defense that it will be interesting to see if thy can get to Utah stat's qb.

I also think it could be a long game if those on byu's o line don't protect Tyson hill !!!

I think this is gone to be a fun game !!!

West Jordan, UT

Despite Utah State's rise recently, BYU has still beat USU last 2, 12 of the last 13, 22 of last 24. I love USU's team and root for them throughout the year, but I think BYU has their number. Without Gary Anderson, and an improving offense by BYU I think BYU will pull out the win here. This will be the toughest defense that USU faces all year.

Logan, UT

"This will be the toughest defense that USU faces all year."

You clearly haven't seen much of USC's defense. KVN is special, I'll give you that, but after that the dropoff in talent and ability is steep in comparison to USC. USC has a defensive roster full of players that could go toe to toe with KVN in speed, strength, and talent every day of the week, and twice on Sunday. BYU's defense is tough, but if USC can't keep Keeton and the USU offense out of the endzone, you can bet BYU won't be able to.

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