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BYU vs Utah recap: Cougars spot Utes seven points, ends up costly

Taysom HIll throws a costly interception on the first play, nearly redeems himself

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Utah made it six in a row Saturday night as they outlasted BYU 20-19. Neither team was able to get the offensive game going and the game ended up coming down to a two point conversion attempt, that failed.

After Kyle Whittingham elected to kick the field goal on 4th down and inches, Utah went ahead 20-13. BYU took over from their own 25 with 2:47 left and Taysom Hill led the Cougars down the field to score with 18 seconds left in regulation.

BYU elected to go for two and Hill was stuffed immediately on the QB draw. The decision to go for two made a lot of sense given the way the game had gone and Jamaal Williams being sidelined with an apparent leg injury.

The two point play call will be talked about for years to come. BYU called a delayed draw with Taysom Hill and that play call may have worked had Utah not elected to blitz. In hindsight it is easy to question why Taysom did not audible out of the play after seeing the blitz coming or why BYU did not use a timeout to call a different play.

The play that perhaps looms even larger than the two point conversion was the very first play from scrimmage. On first down, Taysom threw a interception that turned into six points the other way. This justifiably gave BYU fans nightmares of last years Las Vegas Bowl.

Kai Nacua and An McChesney were also ejected for targeting late in the 3rd quarter on questionable calls. BYU will undoubtedly appeal and if they lose, both will miss the first half of the UCLA game.

There will be many words written about this contest but ultimately despite forcing three more turnovers, BYU was unable to come out on top.

This one hurts for BYU fans not only because it is yet another loss to Utah, but also because many will feel that the better team lost.

BYU falls to 1-1 and will host UCLA next Saturday.