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BYU 26, Utah 17
Three years after watching a big lead go away in the fourth quarter, this time BYU held on against Utah.
The Cougars beat the Utes 26-17 on Saturday night at Lavell Edwards Stadium, snapping Utah’s win streak in the series at nine games that dated back to 2009.
After Utah cut BYU’s lead from 23-7 to 23-17 minutes into the fourth quarter, the Cougars used a time-consuming drive to add a critical 21-yard Jake Oldroyd field goal with 3:17 to play to make it a nine-point game.
Utah drove to midfield on the ensuing drive but Charlie Brewer threw incomplete on fourth down to give the ball back to the Cougars, and from there BYU ran the clock out.
The Utes made it a single-score game with a Jadon Redding field goal and a 22-yard Micah Bernard touchdown to make it interesting down the stretch.
Behind quarterback Jaren Hall, though, the Cougars prevailed. Hall completed 18 of 30 passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 92 yards. BYU was 11 of 19 on third downs, including an 18-yard Hall run on the decisive field goal drive.