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Sunday morning quarterback: Stars and stats from Utah's 19-13 win over BYU

Utah got everything it needed out of dual-threat quarterback Tyler Huntley, as he and a stingy defense carried the Utes to a 19-13 win over the BYU Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday night.

Scoring recap

Utah failed to capitalize on some excellent field positions and had to settle for a 21-yard field goal from Matt Gay. The drive started at the BYU 9-yard line thanks to a 29-yard interception return from Boobie Hobbs, but three run plays netted just 6 yards before the kick.

The Utes pushed their lead to 6-0 when Gay hit another short field goal in the second quarter. The key play on the drive came from Siaosi Wilson, who caught a 48-yard pass from Huntley to move the ball into BYU territory.

Utah extended its lead to 9-0 at the end of the first half on a 31-yard field goal from Gay. Darren Carrington II played a big role on the 14-play drive with receptions of 15 and 22 yards to help the Utes move the chains.

The Utes finally found the end zone on their first possession in the third quarter when Huntley found a seam and took it to the house from 5 yards out to widen the gap to 16-0. The key play to set up the score came from Filipo Mokofisi of the defense, who intercepted a tipped Mangum pass and returned it 6 yards to the BYU 23.

BYU answered with touchdown of its own midway through the third when Ula Tolutau scored from a yard out to cut the Utah lead to 16-6. It was a short drive set up by Fred Warner, who gave the Cougars excellent field position as he pounced on a bad snap to give BYU the ball back deep in Utah Territory.

Utah bounced back two possessions later when Gay hit his fourth field goal of the night, from 38 yards out to make it 19-6. Samson Nacua was the main weapon for the Utes on the drive with catches of 21, 8 and 14 yards.

After a huge defensive stop gave the Cougars some life, the offense responded with its second touchdown of the night when Mangum found Trey Dye on a 7-yard pass to cut the deficit to 19-13. Beau Tanner was a key on the drive as he caught a pair of third-down passes to move the sticks.

Utah's three stars

3. Darren Carrington II

Carrington was the primary target for Huntley in the passing game and for good reason. He stepped up and continually made big plays for the Utah offense as he finished the night with game highs of seven catches for 129 yards.

2. Filipo Mokofisi

Mokofisi was one of the catalysts of an impressive Utah defensive line. He finished the night with a sack, a pass breakup and an interception.

1. Tyler Huntley

Huntley beat the Cougars with his arm and his legs as the Utes took their seventh straight game in the series. He completed 75 percent of his passes for 300 yards while carrying the ball 19 times for a game-best 89 yards and a score.

BYU's three stars

3. Ula Tolutau

Tolutau gave the BYU running game a spark as he broke off runs of 8 and 13 yards before he put the Cougars on the scoreboard with a 1-yard touchdown run.

2. Corbin Kaufusi

Kaufusi came up with one of his best games in a BYU football uniform as he totaled a game-high (tied with Warner and Chase Hansen) eight tackles, including .5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

1. Fred Warner

Warner had another big day as he was credited with eight tackles, including six of the solo variety, to go along with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Analyzing the stats

While the score ended up being close, the offensive production was not, as the Utes outgained the Cougars, 430-233.

The Utes also won the first-down battle (18-13), the time of possession (32:27-27:33) and held a 3-2 advantage in takeaways.

Tanner Mangum threw three interceptions in a BYU uniform for only the second time in his career. The other time also came against the Utes, who picked off the BYU signal caller three times in the 2015 Las Vegas Bowl.

Utah's six-point win was the fifth rivalry game in a row where the outcome was decided by seven points or less, and the 10th time in the last 12 meetings.

The 300 yards passing by Huntley were the most by a Utah signal caller against BYU since Brian Johnson threw for 303 yards in a 48-24 win in 2008.

Up next

The Utes head back home to face off against San Jose State on Saturday night. The Spartans are 1-2 on the young season with losses to South Florida and Texas. Their only win came against Cal Poly.

The Cougars are back at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday afternoon for another tough test as the No. 9 ranked Wisconsin Badgers come to town. The Badgers are 2-0 after convincing wins over Utah State and Florida Atlantic.