Monday, September 23 2013, 08:16 AM MDT
Utes' Secondary Rises Up To Defeat BYU
(AP) It took Utah some time to find a rhythm on offense. Freshman kicker Andy Phillips got things going early for the Utes. He connected on a 36-yard field goal to give Utah a 3-0 lead in the first quarter after James Poole raced down the sideline for 65 yards to get the Utes in scoring position. His second field goal - this time from 31 yards out - pushed the lead to 6-0 with 8:05 left before halftime.
Travis Wilson threw for 273 yards and two touchdown passes and Dres Anderson had 141 yards on eight receptions to lead Utah to a 20-13 victory over BYU on Saturday night.
Utah added a touchdown just before halftime to go up 13-0. Dres Anderson broke several tackles on a slant route and took the ball down to the 1 yard line, setting up a 1-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Anthony Denham.
Wilson accumulated 185 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-20 passing in the first half alone.
Quarterback play for the Cougars proved less reliable. Taysom Hill had difficulty breaking lose for the long runs he torched Texas with two weeks earlier and was forced to go to the air frequently. Hill had little success finding his receivers, throwing for 146 yards on just 9-of-23 passing before halftime.
Hill came out stronger on the opening drive in the third quarter. He ripped off a 41-yard run to set up a 32-yard field goal by Sorensen that cut Utah's lead to 13-3. Sorensen converted a second field goal to make it 13-6 with 5:39 left in the third quarter.
BYU converted a fourth down at the Utah 29 to set up the second field goal. It came at a huge cost. Cougar running back Jamaal Williams was hurt after suffering a helmet to helmet collision while getting the first down yardage. Williams left the game on a stretcher midway through the third quarter. He did not return. Williams had accumulated 52 yards on 13 carries for BYU before getting injured.
Utah Has now won 4-straight over the Cougars and won't play BYU until 2016 in Salt Lake City.
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