PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – Another year, another rivalry win for the Utes.
Tyler Huntley threw for 300 yards and rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown, as Utah won it’s 7th straight game over rival BYU, 19-13 Saturday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
“It feels great,” Huntley said. “But we still have a lot to work on. We need to score more touchdowns, but we played good tonight.”
The Utes scored just one touchdown, but Matt Gay kicked four field goals, while the defense held the Cougars to 233 total yards.
“Still, have a lot to work on, we were penalized way too much, relying too much on Tyler Huntley and the run game,” said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. “We need to get some help for him in the run game or he won’t be able to hold up for season. We have our issues. That team played hard tonight. They’re well coached, I love their head coach and love what he is doing. They played hard.”
Tanner Mangum threw three interceptions, the first one by Boobie Hobbs set up the Utes first field goal of the game. Gay hit two more field goals before the half to give Utah a 9-0 lead.
The Utes stretched the lead to 16-0 when Huntley scored on a 5-yard touchdown run.
BYU trimmed the lead to 16-6 when Ula Tolutau scored on a 1-yard run, breaking a scoreless streak of over six quarters.
After another Matt Gay field goal made it 19-6, Mangum hit Trey Dye on a 7-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 19-13.
The BYU defense held, and the Cougars had a chance for a game-winning drive with 2:38 left starting from their own 9-yard line. But Mangum and the offense could not generate a first down, and turned the ball back over to the Utes, ending the game.
Utah outgained BYU in total yards, 430-233. The Utes had 11 penalties compared to just four for BYU.
“I’m disappointed with the result of the game,” BYU head coach Kalani Sitake said. “There are a lot of things we need to work on. Congratulations to Utah. I thought they played a great game, especially defensively.”
Filipo Mokofisi and Jaylon Johnson had interceptions for Utah.
Huntley was 27 of 36 for 300 yards, while Mangum finished completing 21 of 39 passes for 170 yards, three interceptions and one touchdown.
This is Utah’s first 7-game win streak over the Cougars since 1951-1957.
BYU (1-2) next hosts #9 Wisconsin on Saturday, while Utah (2-0) hosts San Jose State at Rice-Eccles Stadium.