PROVO, Utah – The No. 19 BYU football team defeated the Utah State Aggies 38-24 to retain the Old Wagon Wheel with a strong second-half performance.
Let’s answer some key questions from another BYU football
Who Was the Most Valuable BYU Football Player?
I really wanted to say someone other than Jaren Hall this week, but I’m going with Jaren Hall again.
The defense didn’t come into action in the first half, so Hall had to pick up points in the second half to secure the win.
He did just that, completing his first seven passes of the second half with touchdown passes for Ethan Erickson and Kody Epps.
Back to back games with 3 TD passes or more for Jaren Hall after 4 last week. In 2021, Hall had three games of 3 or more games. #BYUFootball
— BYU Game Notes (@BYUGameNotes) 09/30/2022
There were a handful of NFL scouts who were certainly impressed with his play, especially in the second half when he took over the game in the third quarter.
Hall was lucky to end the game after suffering a fearsome hit from Bryon Vaughns in the third quarter.
BYU needs Hall to stay healthy if they want to beat better teams like Arkansas and Notre Dame in the coming weeks.
The most impactful play of the game?
Jake Oldroyd was back as a field goal kicker against the Aggies, but the results weren’t good.
He made his first try from 45 yards but missed his second try from 33 yards and his third try from 35 yards.
After his first miss, Utah State got the ball back and had a chance to reduce the lead to single digits early in the fourth quarter.
The Aggies faced a critical 4th at their own 44-yard line.
— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) 09/30/2022
Tyler Batty broke through and stopped Aggie quarterback Cooper Legas behind the line of scrimmage for a turnover.
Offensively, BYU ran the ball on all six of his plays, leading to an 18-yard touchdown run for Chris Brooks.
The game was out of range after this sequence.
Interesting stats from the game?
BYU was penalized 10 times for 82 yards.
This is now straight weeks that the Cougars have had double-digit penalties.
Even though BYU won both games, they don’t play clean football.
The Cougars went offside several times, had an interception erased due to a low hit on the quarterback, and threw an opposing shoe in the air.
If BYU is going to have a chance to beat Notre Dame next week, they need to play cleaner than they have in the past two weeks.
When was the game won for BYU soccer?
BYU struggled to run the football for most of the night. They were won by the Aggies on floor 204-117.
With the game on the line and an opportunity to put the game away, offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick leaned on the run game.
The Cougars ran the ball for 44 yards six times. That’s an average of 7.3 yards per carry.
That was double their average for the game.
Chris Brooks capped it off with an 18-yard touchdown run.
Chris Brooks is one hell of a running back.
— Matthew Baiamonte (@baiamontematt) 09/30/2022
Miles Davis also had moments on that game in the second half to secure the drive before limping off the field.
BYU has good running backs. I think the run game fights reflect the scheme and the offensive line more than the fighting running backs.
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