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Impressions of the game: BYU vs. Utah State

Impressions of the game: BYU vs. Utah State

By Clint Durfey, Contributor | Posted - Sep. 30, 2011 at 11:29 p.m.

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PROVO -- Riley Nelson led BYU to a victory as the Cougars defeated the Utah State Aggies in the finals seconds of the game this week in Provo.

The game left a sweet taste in the mouths of Cougar fans, but Aggie fans left Provo with a familiar bitter taste.

Observation 1: BYU quarterback Situation

Jake Heaps showed glimpse of greatness followed by disappointment. In the second half Riley Nelson made his game-changing appearance and led BYU to a needed touchdown putting the Cougars in a one-possession game. Nelson created problems for the Aggie defense by keeping the ball on designed quarterback rushes. Nelson definitely provided a needed spark to the BYU offense and ultimately provided the Cougars with a miraculous touchdown pass, from a tipped throw that was caught by Marcus Mathews in the back of the end zone. Nelson was 9-13 for 131 yards and threw for two touchdowns.

Observation 2: Utah State Rushers

Utah State has an array of exceptional running backs. Robert Turbin started off the game with an 80 yards rushing touchdown to set the pace of the game. Turbin led the way for the Aggies with 123 yards on nine carries and one touchdown. While Kerwynn Williams And Michael Smith also came up with needed yards. Kerwynn Williams had 10 carries for 55yards. The Aggies backs took over in the second half and controlled the pace of game but in the end it was not enough for an Aggie victory.

Observation 3: USU QB Chuckie Keeton

Chuckie Keeton is a fantastic quarterback. The freshman quarterback has a bright future ahead of him. Keeton kept his composure in the pocket and found his open receivers down field. He knew where to find his receivers and seemed to consistently make the right reads. When Keeton scrambled outside the pocket he had great footwork and still looked to throw the ball down field. Keeton had several key rushes picking up critical first downs and keeping drives alive. In the end, BYU made the necessary plays delivering the Aggies yet another heart breaking loss.

Observation 4: BYU Linebackers

The BYU linebackers once again kept the Cougars in the game. Late in the game the BYU defense was forced to come up with big third down stops. The linebackers made the necessary plays. Kaveinga, Van Noy and Ogletree all came up with key stops that ended big Utah State drives. The Cougar offense took full advantage of the opportunity the defense provide, and delivered a heart pounding victory.

Observation 5: Utah State Can't Hold a Lead

Nearly everyone who watched the game would agree that Utah State out-played BYU. Those who watched the Auburn game and the Colorado State game would also agree that Utah State out played their opponents. The Aggies can't seem to close out these types of games. Big plays are some how made in the final minutes leaving the Aggies heart-broken week after week.


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