College Football
Utah State at Brigham Young
When: 10:15 PM ET, Friday, October 3, 2014
Where: Lavell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah

Utah State is hoping to have quarterback Chuckie Keeton back behind center when the Aggies host No. 19 Brigham Young in a non-conference game Friday. Keeton, who started eight games as a freshman and all 13 as a sophomore before suffering a season-ending injury midway through last season, missed the last two games with a knee injury and his status remains uncertain. Keeton, who has 58 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions in his career, would have to give way to sophomore Darell Garretson, who has 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions while filling in for Keeton the last two seasons.

The Cougars are led by one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in Taysom Hill, who leads the team in rushing with 428 yards and seven rushing touchdowns while also throwing for 876 yards and six scores. BYU is also expected to have defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi and running back Algie Brown back from foot and ankle injuries. Utah State will need to bounce back from a tough loss Sept. 20 in which they allowed the tying touchdown with just under five minutes remaining, had a field goal blocked in the final seconds and lost on the second play of overtime at Arkansas State 21-14.

TV: 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: BYU -21

ABOUT UTAH STATE (2-2): The Aggies continue to miss 1,200-yard rusher Joey DeMartino, who exhausted his eligibility last season, as their current leading rusher is wide receiver JoJo Natson. Utah State is hoping to get Joe Hill back from an ankle injury that kept him out the last game. Hill, who started the first five games last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury, flashed some of his ability in a win against Idaho State on Sept. 6, rushing for 69 yards and a touchdown in the 40-20 victory.

ABOUT BRIGHAM YOUNG (4-0): Remington Peck is the only returning starter on the defensive line and one of the team leaders, earning captain as voted on by his teammates. Graham Rowley was a stalwart on the defensive line in 2011, left to serve a two-year mission and is back up front for the Cougars.Travis Tuiloma also played in all 13 games in 2011 before leaving on a two-year mission and has returned at linebacker for BYU.


1. Taysom Hill has 21 rushing touchdowns, leaving him one short of moving into No. 10 on the school’s career list.

2. Former BYU quarterback and Super Bowl winner Jim McMahon will have his No. 9 jersey retired at halftime.

3. Utah State has forced 11 turnovers in the last three games.

PREDICTION: Brigham Young 38, Utah State 10
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Utah State 2-2 L1 24.2 25.8 2-0 0-2 0-1 0-0 0-0
Brigham Young 4-0 W4 37.5 18.8 2-0 2-0 3-0 0-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Utah State Brigham Young
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/4/13 BYU 31 USU 14 397 186 211 437 159 278
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Utah State C. Harrison 43.9 185 1 0
Brigham Young T. Hill 54.8 278 3 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Utah State J. DeMartino 16 80 5.0 0
Brigham Young J. Williams 14 79 5.6 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Utah State K. Andersen 3 47 15.7 0
Brigham Young M. Mathews 5 112 22.4 3
Touchdowns Player TD
Utah State R. Butler 1
Brigham Young M. Mathews 3
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Utah State C. Keeton 55.4 426 2 4
Brigham Young T. Hill 66.7 876 6 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Utah State J. Natson 17 158 9.3 0
Brigham Young T. Hill 79 428 5.4 7
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Utah State H. Sharp 23 305 13.3 2
Brigham Young J. Leslie 19 227 11.9 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Utah State J. Natson 2
Brigham Young T. Hill 7
Quickchart Matchup
Utah State Off vs  Brigham Young Def
368.8 yards
364.2 yards
4.4 yards/rush
2.9 yards/rush
5.5 yards/attempt
5.8 yards/attempt
Brigham Young Off vs  Utah State Def
450.2 yards
334.8 yards
4.8 yards/rush
2.2 yards/rush
7.3 yards/attempt
6 yards/attempt