Just like round one, Hill was the clear winner. Hill had career highs in passing yards (278), pass efficiency rating (155.65), and touchdown passes (3) for a single game. He had a 60-yard pass completion, which was another career long, as well as a 43-yard touchdown pass that sealed the game.
Keeton was knocked out of the game early. Up to the time he left, he didn't do anything that would convince you that he would have won the battle of the quarterbacks. His very first throw was a pick-6 to Kyle Van Noy. He was just 4 of 10 for 26 yards and 1 TD. He also had 17 yards rushing on three carries.
With Keeton being a junior, Hill can deliver the TKO next year.
2. Home field Ag-vantage.
The pick six by Van Noy on the first play of the game took the crowd out of the game. BYU was able to do whatever it needed. Home field was not an advantage for the Aggies this year.
3. Will BYU be overconfident?
The Cougars did not appear to suffer from any superiority complex. They came in and took care of business. They stuck with the game plan, too. Hill did not get greedy and try to pad his rushing stats at the expense of the team. Stupid penalties and mistakes were avoided.
The Cougars definitely avenged the loss. Not only did BYU win by a bigger margin than they lost, they did it throwing the pigskin with a quarterback who has struggled most of the season throwing the ball. Mitch Mathews had a breakout game with five receptions for 112 yards and three touchdowns. First, they intercepted the Aggies' quarterback who had thrown just one previous interception all season, but they added injury to insult and knocked him out of the game in the first quarter. It was a clear assertion that Utah State has a long way to go before they can even think that they have caught up with BYU in this rivalry.
5. The return of Cody Hoffman and Jamaal Williams.
Hoffman finished with three receptions for 41 yards. He didn't get his first reception until the second half when BYU had already built a 17-7 lead. His first two receptions (20 and 19 yards, respectively) helped set up second half touchdowns that put the game away.
Williams had 79 yards rushing on 14 carries. He would have had more yards and carries, but BYU didn't need that from him. The BYU coaching staff clearly wanted to not over do it with him in his first game back. Williams did have a 44-yard run in the second quarter that was the longest run allowed by Utah State this season, and helped BYU take a 17-7 first half lead.
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