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BYU, USU football: Breaking down the Aggie offense vs. the Cougar defense

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2 2013 3:30 p.m. MDT

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Utah State, and Keeton specifically, will likely present the toughest test the secondary has faced so far this season. The defense needs to take away Keeton's quick-hitters on first down while guarding against the deep opportunities, which won't be easy. Look for Keeton to improve upon the 202 yards he produced last year and exploit BYU's relatively inexperienced corners on occasion.

Gurney and Williams will break down the matchups when BYU has the football on Thursday.
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Gorum The Old
Madison, AL

The auther seems to have a serious misconception of BYU's ability to deal with running QBs. Let me put down some numbers to enlighten him:

Against Teams not named BYU, David Ash is averaging 7.9 ypc. Against BYU he averaged 2.1.
Against Teams not named BYU, Travis Wilson is averaging 10.2 ypc. Against BYU he averaged 0.9.

Keaton will doubtless have at least some success moving the ball through the air, but he isn't going to get much on the ground against these Cougars.

Oatmeal
Woods Cross, UT

It will be a tight game with both sides really battling for every yard. BYU's defense will play Keeton nearly as tough as USC's defense did. But Keeton and company will see the end zone several times. They are good. The bottom line is this: IF BYU is able to move the ball effectively and not stall or fumble in the "blue zone," and put 28 points on the board, they will win this one. If they don't score effectively, this one could easily go to the Aggies.

Either way, it is fun to have an in-state rivalry game without the bitterness and hate that the "Holy War" entails. Enjoy this one!

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