BYU vs. Utah: A Low Tech Preview

<i><b>12th in a series</i></B> <p> With last week's last second loss to No. 5 Notre Dame (7-3), the Cougars now have an appointment with arch-rival Utah (6-4) for this year's battle for the Beehive Boot, also known locally as "The Holy War". In recent years, the BYU vs. Utah match up has been one of their most closely contested series and we get to see this year why these two teams love to hate each other.

BYU enters the game confident and heavy favorites. This year's battle has no special implications. BYU has already clinched the MWC title, but the Cougars want to avenge last year's 13-6 loss in Salt Lake City in what was known as "Mafu's Last Stand."

Game time.

The Cougars set the tone defensively early, with Colby Bockwoldt intercepting Ute quarterbacj Brett Elliott on the sixth play of the game. The Cougars, starting with great field position at the Ute 28, drove down to the 19, facing a 4th and 1 situation. To the inspired cheers of the crowd, Crowton sends out the offense, but is stopped behind the line of scrimmage on a failed Fui Vakapuna dive, giving the ball back to Utah.

Throughout the quarter, Berry struggles under the high pressure defensive game plan credited to Kyle Whittingham. BYU only achieves two first downs throughout the quarter. Fortunately, Bronco Mendenhall's proves to be as stellar at Whittingham's and keeps Utah out of the end zone.

With just 1:54 remaining in the quarter, Berry sets in the pocket and finds Daniel Coats wide open, and hits him for a 24-yard touchdown strike.

1st Quarter - BYU 7 Utah 0

With the Utes bringing constant pressure, BYU does not move the ball offensively. However, the defense lets Utah's Lynzell Jackson slip past the secondary on a 42-yard pass play over the middle, handing the Utes an easy three points with just 2:40 remaining in the half.

Ten seconds later, Berry throws his second pick of the ball game into the hands of Bo Nagahi, who returns it all the way for a touchdown.

Aided by a 4th and 2 conversion at the BYU 39, BYU works its way down the field to the Utah 23. After a few incomplete passes, Matt Payne misses from 28 yards out with just 33 seconds remaining into the half, sending the Cougars into the locker room dazed and confused.

Halftime - BYU 7 Utah 10

BYU starts off the half driving downfield in three pass plays to the Utah 28, only to give it all up with a Berry interception to Antonio Young.

BYU continues to struggle all quarter and Berry throw two more interceptions. Luckily, the Cougar defense keeps them in the game, not allowing Utah to cross mid-field all quarter.

3rd Quarter - BYU 7 Utah 10

It was probably the worst quarter ever played by a BYU football team in recent years, with Berry throwing four interceptions.

The worst of it came after BYU missed a 23-yard field goal and Kip Nielson intercepted Elliot. Berry threw another interception to Arnold Parker on 4th and 1 at the Utah 11, with just 2:33 remaining in the ball game. What's more, BYU gave up a Marty Johnson one yard touchdown run earlier in the quarter putting the Cougars down by 10. The onlooking crowd watches the Cougars give up a 3rd and long play on the next drive, allowing the Utes to run out the clock, and strut out of Provo with a victory after Berry throws yet another interception to end the game, the regular season and an undefeated conference run.

Final Score - BYU 7 Utah 17

BYU now falls to 9-3 (6-1) and waits for the season to conclude as the Cougars are set to face Southern Miss (9-3) in the AXA Liberty Bowl on December 31.

Berry - 21-56 254 yds. 1 TD 9 INT

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