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3 takeaways from Utah’s 26-17 loss to BYU

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BYU Cougars linebacker Keenan Pili suffered an ACL injury in the Cougars’ win over Arizona State last September and missed the rest of the season, though he’s on target to return for fall camp.

Utah Utes quarterback Charlie Brewer (12) slides down with Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Keenan Pili (41) moving in as BYU and Utah play an NCAA football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The Utah Utes saw their streak of nine straight wins over BYU snapped on Saturday night, as Jaren Hall and the Cougars beat the Utes 26-17 at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Here are three takeaways from Utah’s loss:

Utah gives up too many third down conversions to BYU, falters on offense

Utah’s defense simply couldn’t get off the field on key third downs. BYU’s offense converted 11 of 19 third down opportunities, with a few on third-and-long situations. Time and time again, Hall extended BYU’s drives, either on the ground on through the air. Thanks in part to their third-down excellence, Cougars dominated the time of possession — and the game — possessing the ball for 10 more minutes than the Utes. Conversely, Utah’s offense was a dismal 2 of 9 on their third-down opportunities, killing some important drives.

BYU dominates the line of scrimmage and the run game

BYU controlled the line of scrimmage throughout the game. The Cougars got to Charlie Brewer, ending up with two sacks. Meanwhile, the Utes didn’t get a single sack — a rarity for the rivalry game. Hall was never really rattled by Utah’s pass rush. BYU’s offensive line and running back Tyler Allgeier, especially, were fantastic. Allgeier rushed for 109 yards, oftentimes turning what looked to be a rush for no gain into 4 or 5 yards. Simply put, at times, BYU bullied Utah in the run game the same way that the Utes have become accustomed to doing to the Cougars.