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BYU football video: Drive that put away the Aggies had a distinct Hill-Williams flavor

PROVO — With BYU needing a punctuation drive to help squelch the hopes of a comeback by in-state rival Utah State late Saturday night, the Cougars turned to a pair of well-battled veterans to lead the charge.

What culminated was a 15-play, 75-yard drive that ended in the end zone with just over two minutes left in the third quarter, giving BYU a 21-10 lead over the Aggies in an eventual 28-10 victory.

Quarterback Taysom Hill and running back Jamaal Williams, both seniors playing their final game at LaVell Edwards Stadium, made the drive churn. The duo who started their Cougar careers together in 2012 combined for 64 yards on a drive that routinely utilized the read option.

BYU (8-4) took over possession at its own 25 halfway through the third quarter with a slim 14-10 lead after Utah State (3-9) had seen a promising drive stall near midfield.

Here’s how BYU drove down the field and built a commanding double-digit lead that was simply too much for Utah State to overcome:

— Hill got the drive going with three runs of 3, 8 and 6 yards in the first five plays, as well as a 4-yard pass to fellow senior Nick Kurtz to help push the Cougars past midfield.

— Williams, after running for 8 yards on his first carry of the drive on a second-and-7, kept the march going downfield with a 7-yard carry on third-and-4 at the Aggie 46-yard line.

— After two more Hill runs netted 10 yards, sophomore running back Squally Canada took two handoffs on the only carries of the drive not by Hill or Williams and netted 6 yards.

— Hill, who had two incompletions on the drive, overthrew Moroni Laulu-Pututau on a third-and-4 at the USU 23. Instead of bringing in the field goal unit, though, the Cougars went for it and converted on fourth down when the Aggies were called for pass interference in the end zone.

— BYU was called for holding on the ensuing play, moving the ball back to the Utah State 18, leaving the Cougars with a long first-and-goal situation.

— Williams then had his final carry of the drive, a 5-yarder to the USU 13. Hill followed with his own rush, getting down to the Aggie 10-yard line to set up a manageable third-and-goal.

— Hill, after initially looking to his right on third down, looked back to his left and found senior wide receiver Mitchell Juergens slanting across the middle of the field. Hill fired in the pass in front of a pair of Utah State defenders and Juergens fought his way across the goal line, giving the Cougars a much-needed touchdown.

Hill rushed for 30 yards on the drive on six carries, while Williams had 20 yards on three carries. Hill completed 2 of 4 passes for 14 yards and the score.

And just like that, in the final time the two suited up at BYU’s home field, Hill and Williams delivered a drive that sealed a win for the Cougars.