Hill, done for season, fractures leg in royal loss to Utah State

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The battle for the Old Wagon Wheel included flashbacks of the Texas game, but ended sourly as quarterback Taysom Hill left with a left leg fracture at the end of the first half and the Cougars fell to Utah State 35–20 Friday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Cougar fans were royally blue, in the worst possible way.

The win was Utah States first at BYU since 1978.

Hill did not return to the game in the second half. He is a candidate to win the Heisman Trophy this year and is the Cougars rushing yards and touchdowns leader. It’s a big blow for the Cougars.

It was reported later that Hill had a broken left fibula and would be out 3-4 months, according to head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

The Cougars jumped out to an early lead after Hill connected with Jordan Leslie for a 53-yard completion and then took the ball in himself for an 11-yard rush in which he hurdled into the end zone.

But it didn’t get better for the Cougars — it got better for the Aggies.

With the score tied at 14, Jamaal Williams fumbled the ball at BYU’s own 22-yard line and the Aggies recovered, then scored on a 22-yard throw from Aggie quarterback Darrell Garretson to Devonte Robinson, who scored his first two collegiate touchdowns in the first half.

Garretson filled in for Utah State’s senior star quarterback Chuckie Keeton, who injured his surgically repaired left knee in the Aggies 21–14 overtime loss to Arkansas State Sept. 20, and is likely out for the season, according to Utah State head coach Matt Wells.

The Cougars then gave up a 72-yard throw from Garretson to wideout Hunter Sharp for another score on the Aggies final possession of the first half. Utah State took a 28–14 lead into halftime.

Former BYU quarterback Jim McMahon then provided a few minutes of joy for the Cougars when he was formally inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame.

The Cougars didn’t get back to scoring until just over four minutes left in the third quarter off a 41-yard field goal from Trevor Samson. But even with the field goal, the win didn’t seem in the cards for BYU.

And with 1:49 left in the third, the Aggies delivered a death blow to the Cougars when Garretson delivered another huge pass to Sharp, this time for 56 yards to the BYU 8 yard line, and eventually scored on a one-yard run from running back Nick Vigil.

Sharp ended the night with five reception for 173 yards and one touchdown. Aggie nation was a bit excited.

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Before leaving, Hill went 8–11 passing for 99 yards and a touchdown to go along with 35 yards rushing and a rushing score.

Jamaal Williams added 99 yards on the ground and did not score. Senior backup quarterback Christian Steward replaced Hill in the second half and threw for 172 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions.

Garretson passed for a career-high 321 yards on 19–23 passing and three touchdowns to go with no interceptions.

The Cougars take on the University of Central Florida next Thursday night.

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Steven is an online intern majoring in Communications at Brigham Young University. His interests include playing golf, reading fiction and having fun with his family.

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