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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Flashback: BYU forces turnovers to crush Utah State early

Exactly four years ago today, the Brigham Young Cougars travelled to Logan to play Utah State. Coming off back-to-back shutout wins by a combined score of 103-0, BYU was playing its best football of the 2008 season.

The game was only three minutes old, but the offense was already hitting on all cylinders. Max Hall connected with Austin Collie, who turned outside after catching the ball, and raced 76-yards down the sideline for a touchdown. He added style to his run by dishing out an authoritative stiff arm.

The Cougar defense forced a fumble on the next possession. Brandon Bradley scooped up the loose ball and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown.

The route was on.

Utah State would turn the ball over two more times in the first quarter. BYU converted both of them into points. Harvey Unga’s 11-yard touchdown run with 1:23 to play in the first quarter gave BYU a 24-0 lead.

Missed field goals kept both BYU and Utah State scoreless in the second quarter.

BYU scored 10 more points in the third quarter. A 12-yard touchdown catch by Collie gave BYU a 34 point lead.

Taking a 34-0 lead into the fourth quarter, BYU had outscored its opponents 137-0 over the last 11 quarters. Utah State scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to end this streak.

Final score: BYU 34, Utah Staste 14.      

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