Defense Comes Through Again for BYU: Fan Report

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PROVO, Utah -- BYU's offense could only manage one score against in-state rival Utah State Friday night, but thanks to its defense, the Cougars came out on top 6-3.

It was over when: Freshman running back Jamaal Williams, who ran for 71 yards on 17 carries, moved the chains on third-and-6 with 1:53 remaining in the fourth quarter.

How they scored: BYU's offense was ineffective most of the night, but thanks to a four-play, 61-yard drive, Taysom Hill and Co. scored the game's lone touchdown with three seconds left in the first half.

Game ball goes to: The Cougar D.

Usually when you mention BYU football, great offensive players spring to mind -- Steve Young, Ty Detmer, Luke Staley, Austin Collie.

This year, however, it's all about the guys on the defensive end -- Kyle Van Noy, Ziggy Ansah, Brandon Ogletree, Daniel Sorensen.

In Friday night's win, BYU's defense held the Aggies to 243 yards of total offense and a field goal.

Key stat: 4, the number of points the Cougars are from being undefeated. They lost to Utah by a field goal and Boise State by a single point.

What if: BYU pulled out wins against Utah and Boise?

Well, for starters, we'd be calling them No. 17 BYU (or something like that). What's more, the stories would've been epic. I can see the headlines now: "Utah fans aid BYU to victory" and "Idahoan leads BYU to crazy comeback on the blue turf."

Who's next: BYU will take on No. 14 Oregon State next Saturday in these snazzy new unis.

Jared Bray is a graduate of BYU's College of Fine Arts and Communications and member of the Yahoo! Contributor Network. You can follow him here.

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