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BYU notebook: Tanner Jacobson starts, Micah Hannemann sits in BYU secondary

PROVO — Tanner Jacobson got the start at strong safety for BYU in place of Micah Hannemann, who had to sit out the first half of Saturday’s game per NCAA rules for a targeting hit against LSU last week.

Jacobson, a junior from Texas, had started the opener against Portland State in place of Hannemann, who had to sit out the first half of that game because of a targeting infraction in last year’s Poinsettia Bowl game.

Jacobson finished the night with seven tackles, second-most on the team behind Fred Warner and Corbin Kaufusi.

The Cougars were burned for one long play in the first half, a 51-yard pass from Tyler Huntley to Siaosi Wilson that set up Utah’s second score of the game. In the second half, Huntley connected with Darren Carrington with a 41-yard pass.

In the second half, the Cougars elected to keep Hannemann on the sidelines and left Jacobson in the game. However, Austin Lee, a transfer from Utah, took over at free safety for Zayne Anderson and made three tackles. Anderson also finished with three tackles.

In all, the Cougars allowed 430 yards of total offense including 300 through the air. They came up with some key stops, particularly on third down as theyheld the Utes to just 3-of-14 on third-down conversions and 1-of-2 on fourth down, including a big one with 5:51 left, setting up their second touchdown drive.

"I was proud of the defense and they they played," said BYU coach Kalani Sitake. "Our defense is pretty good when we have a full field to defend."

COUGAR NOTES: Attendance was 63,470 ... After just 38 offensive snaps a week earlier, BYU had just 63 plays Saturday night . . . Game time was moved from 8:15 p.m. to 8:26 after the Missouri-South Carolina game on ESPN-2 ran long ... This marked the first BYU-Utah game in Provo since 2013 when the Utes edged the Cougars 20-13 ... Some 30,000 pom-poms were distributed to Cougar fans before the game ... Elder Ronald A. Rasband, who has been an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since October 2015, was honored during the first quarter with a Game Helmet Presentation by Deseret First Credit Union ... The alumni flag-bearers for the game were athletic director Tom Holmoe (1979-82), Robbie Bosco (1983-85), Kelly Smith (1982-85) and Robert Parker (1982 -86) ... Next week, the Cougars play No. 9-ranked Wisconsin at 1:30 p.m. at home and will get a week off before playing Utah State in Logan on Sept. 29.