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"They just made more big plays than us," said BYU defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna.
Held scoreless in the first half, BYU took the second-half kickoff and drove 68 yards to the Utah 14, thanks to Hill’s 41-yard run, but the drive stalled and Justin Sorensen’s 32-yard field goal finally got the Cougars on the scoreboard with 11:39 remaining in the third quarter. The next time the Cougars touched the ball, they drove to the Utah 3, but the Utes kept them out of the end zone and they had to settle for another Sorensen field goal, trimming Utah’s lead to 13-6.
That was the story of the game: Utah’s red zone defense came up big when it had to, and BYU’s more highly touted defense could not. The Utes have allowed just eight touchdown in 14 of their opponents’ red-zone chances.
"You have to give Utah credit. They had a great scheme and they executed it better than us," Hill said.
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