BYU-Utah State football notebook: Aggies again prove tough on Cougar QBs
The BYU-Utah State football series has not been a safe place for quarterbacks.
The Cougars have taken the brunt of the abuse in the past few years. Taysom Hill suffered season-ending injuries in 2012, 2014 and 2016 in games against the Aggies. The 2012 and 2014 injuries occurred while being tackled by the same player — USU’s Brian Suite.
In Friday’s game against Utah State, backup quarterback Beau Hoge — subbing for the injured Tanner Mangum for the second straight game — injured his ankle early in the first quarter and was knocked out of the game with what appeared to be a concussion in the second.
Before leaving, Hoge had thrown two touchdown passes — a career high — and completed 5 of 9 passes for 95 yards while rushing for 25 more yards.
Sophomore Koy Detmer Jr. entered the game in the second quarter for BYU and was 2 of 3 for 11 yards, throwing a costly interception with just over a minute to play. That turnover resulted in a 32-yard Dominik Eberle field goal to give Utah State a 24-21 lead at halftime.
Detmer then struggled in the second half (7-of-20, three interceptions for the game) and BYU’s offense wasn’t able to get in the end zone with just its running game.
The Aggies have not been immune to quarterback injuries in the series with BYU. Chuckie Keaton was lost for the season with a knee injury suffered against the Cougars in 2013.
Timpview Thunder Dax Raymond caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Kent Myers on Utah State’s first possession. For Raymond — a former Timpview High School standout — it was his first career touchdown as an Aggie.
Take it to the house
The 46-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter by BYU senior safety Micah Hannemann was a career long, besting his 29-yard return against Missouri in 2015. It was the Cougars’ first defensive touchdown since Michael Shelton returned a fumble for a score against the Aggies on Nov. 26 of last season.
Back in the zone
Brayden El-Bakri’s 26-yard touchdown catch on a gadget play in the second quarter was the fullback’s second career touchdown. He scored the first touchdown of the Kalani Sitake era at Arizona in the 2016 season opener on a 1-yard rush.
The 40-yard touchdown pass from Beau Hoge to Beau Tanner was the longest touchdown play of the season for BYU.
Beating former mates Ex-Cougar safety Dallin Leavitt had an interception in the Aggie win and seemed to savor defeating BYU. Utah State offensive linemen Quin Ficklin and Roman Andrus as well as linebacker Sialao Mobley also spent time at BYU.
Former Cougar linebacker Uani Unga is now a defensive administrative assistant for the Aggies, but came over after the game to greet his former teammates as they walked to the locker room.
The Cougars won the toss and elected to defer. BYU has won the flip four of the five games this season … The BYU alumni flag bearers were Todd Barker, Jason Cooper, Moose Bingham and Steven Richards … The Cougar team flags were carried out by Austin Hoyt, Riley Burt and Andrew Mikkelsen … The BYU representative carrying the U.S. flag was Spencer Hoyt, brother of Austin Hoyt … the announced attendance at the game was 24,112.