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Cougars strong on both sides to defeat Georgia Tech, 38-20

BYU reprised last year’s beatdown of Georgia Tech with another solid win over the Yellow Jackets on Saturday.

Taysom Hill ran for 65 yards and a touchdown, completing 19-of-27 passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions in his best all-around game of the 2013 season as he led the way to a comfortable 38-20 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Cody Hoffman led all receivers with 99 yards on five catches, tying Dennis Pitta’s all-time school receptions record (221). Hoffman’s first touchdown of the 2013 season came in the 1st quarter, giving BYU a 7-0 lead five minutes into the game on a leaping over-the-shoulder grab.

On the ensuing drive, CB Rob Daniel gave WR Michael Summers just enough space to haul in a 49-yard pass play to put the Yellow Jackets in the Blue Zone. Three plays later, Georgia Tech QB Vad Lee punched it in from 2 yards out to tie the score at 7.

The BYU offense stormed right back down the field, driving 61 yards on only six plays to score on a 2-yard Jamaal Williams run.

Georgia Tech followed up with a workmanlike 16-play drive which included four third-down conversions, including a 3rd-and-17 run and a 3rd-and-14 pass. In the end, the Rambling Wreck was one conversion shy as the BYU defense held it to a 37-yard field goal. BYU matched GT with a 14-play field goal drive of their own.

After a slew of Georgia Tech penalties doomed a Georgia Tech drive, BYU drove down the field once again as Taysom Hill ran the ball in for a 1-yard touchdown, his seventh of the season on the ground.

The following drive looked promising for Georgia Tech, but three straight incompletions by Vad Lee forced them into a 44-yard field goal with 59 seconds remaining in the half. BYU was able to complete some quick plays to set up a 52-yard field goal attempt by Justin Sorensen. The career-long attempt had the distance, but sailed just wide of the goalpost to end the half with BYU on top, 24-13.

The second half began with good defense — and some less-than-stellar offensive play — as the offenses combined for 0 points and 66 total yards over the next ten offensive drives.

Alain Fua sealed the game with a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown to give the Cougars a 31-13 lead with eleven minutes remaining in the game. Algernon Brown added a 15-yard touchdown on the next BYU series. The Yellow Jackets produced a 75-yard touchdown drive against BYU third-stringers, ending the game on a 5-yard touchdown pass to Deon Hill.

Backup Ammon Olsen took the field to take two knees to finish BYU’s 38-20 victory.

Spencer Hadley returned from suspension to some quality playing time, recovering a fumble forced by Rob Daniel in the 4th quarter following Fua’s interception return.

Daniel Sorensen, Kyle Van Noy, the tight end group, and Cody Hoffman  joined QB standout Hill with impressive performances. Adam Hine and the kickoff return team also turned in a solid night. The offensive line had some good and bad moments, with the offensive play calling not helping the cause in Taysom Hill’s second-half passing numbers (3-7 for 18 yards passing). There were once again a few dropped passes, including a sure-first down throw to Jamaal Williams. Scott Arellano had an off night with a handful of shanked and/or blocked kicks, but in the end, the BYU offense and defense performed well enough to make up for the few mistakes and give the Cougars the easy win.

The Cougars improve to 4-2 and look forward in preparation for next Saturday’s game against the 5-0 Houston Cougars at Reliant Stadium. The game will kick off at 1:30 pm MT and will be televised on ESPNEWS.