BYU 38, Utah St. 0
PROVO, Utah (AP)—Jason Beck passed for 305 yards and a touchdown in his first start and Fui Vakapuna ran for three scores to lead Brigham Young past Utah State 38-0 Saturday.
Beck was starting for John Beck (no relation), who rested his sprained right ankle, and completed 20 of 28 passes with one interception as the Cougars (2-2) gained 441 yards of offense.
Utah State (0-4) was shut out for the third straight game and has yet to score a point on offense this season.
Marcus Cross ran for 127 yards—more than half of Utah State’s 242 yards of offense. Leon Jackson was 14-for-24 for 90 yards with one interception, which Justin Robinson returned 64 yards for a touchdown.
The first game between the two schools since 2002 was a blowout and the Aggies frustration showed. Four personal fouls were called and on one play early in the fourth quarter there was some pushing and shoving at the Utah State bench after Vakapuna was knocked out of bounds.
There were no punches thrown before the coaches broke up the fracas and Vakapuna got the only penalty.
The Aggies had little left at that point and the Cougars were able to keep the shutout intact. Despite the big lead, Beck was still throwing the ball late in the fourth quarter and added an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jonny Harline with 2:16 left.
After Beck’s first pass was tipped and nearly intercepted, his next two were on target as the Cougars drove 89 yards in the opening drive, which Vakapuna capped with a 6-yard run. Vakapuna also opened the drive by running 16 yards on the first play of the game.
Vakapuna scored later in the half on runs of 11 and 8 yards and BYU led 24-0 at halftime.
BYU was a yard away from leading by another touchdown, but Utah State stopped Curtis Brown on fourth-and-goal just before halftime.
After the goal-line stand, the Aggies had a few chances to get back into the game in the third quarter but self-destructed—again.
Justin Hamblin attempted a 33-yard field goal that Russell Tialavea swatted right back at the kicker. Utah State tried another field goal later in the period but Ryan Wilson’s snap was way over the holder’s head. Wilson had been called for a personal foul on the same drive after the Aggies had reached the BYU 12.
After the blocked kick, Utah State got the ball back at the BYU 45 on an interception. But on third down, Jackson threw a soft pass toward the sideline and Robinson intercepted it and returned it for a touchdown that put BYU ahead 31-0. It was the fourth interception Jackson has thrown this season and all four have been returned four touchdowns.