Saturday, November 24, 2007

Rivalry Saturday

It shouldn't come as any surprize that BYU defeated rival Utah 17-10 Saturday after falling behind late in the game. As usual this season, BYU managed a comeback of its own when Harvy Unga punched the ball in from 11 yards out with less than a minute to play.

Utah trailed most of the game, but late in the fourth quarter the Utes drove 69 yards on a 15-play drive that chewed up the clock and recorded the first touchdown of the day. Darrell Mack finished off the drive on a one-yard run that put Utah ahead and seemed to doom the Cougars.

But starting with only 94 seconds left on the clock, BYU faced a fourth-and-18 on its final drive when quarterback Max Hall connected with Austin Collie for a 49-yard gain that gave the Cougars new life and culminated in Unga's touchdown run. He finished with 141 yards on 23 carries.

The win gives the 23rd-ranked Cougars an outright conference championship for its second consecutive year, and improves the team to 9-2 on the season and 7-0 in conference play. Utah (8-4, 5-3) keeps its bowl hopes alive but misses out on any hope for winning a co-championship in the Mountain West. Sorry Ute fans... you LOSE!

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