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Love tosses 4 TD passes; Utah State beats BYU again, 45-20

October 6, 2018
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Utah State wide receiver Ron'quavion Tarver (1) celebrates his touchdown with offensive lineman Moroni Iniguez (68) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against BYU on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Provo, Utah. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Jordan Love threw for a career-high four touchdowns and ran for another and Utah State beat BYU 45-20 Friday night, the Aggies’ first back-to-back wins in the 88-game series since 1973-74.

The Aggies, who opened their season with a 38-31 loss at then-No. 11 Michigan State, are 4-1 for the first time since 2012 and have scored 30-plus points in their first five games for the first time.

The Aggies won 40-24 last season with the Cougars committing seven turnovers. Friday night, Utah State scored first on Tipa Galeai’s 56-yard interception return and went up 21-0 on Love’s 6-yard score to Ron’quavion Tarver six plays after a BYU fumble. Another BYU fumble led to a fourth-quarter touchdown.

Love threw for only 165 yards on 18-of-28 passing with his four TD passes going for 6 yards or less. His second TD pass to Tarver, a 4-yarder with 4:55 remaining in the third quarter, made it 35-7.

Darwin Thompson rushed for 109 yards on 17 carries.

BYU (3-3) had only 39 yards on the ground. Tanner Mangum was 27-of-46 passing for 270 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

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