Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala runs for big yardage.

Utah reached 34 points for the third straight year against BYU, but the Cougars couldn't reach 31 in a third consecutive loss to their rivals, this time by a score of 34-17 at Cougar Stadium.

The significance of 31 would have to come from the Utes becoming WAC champions for the first time in 31 years.

LaVell Edwards had never lost to a WAC program three years in a row, but Steve Sarkisian's four picks didn't help as BYU trailed 27-3 in the fourth quarter.

Utah's Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala had 108 yards rushing.