BYU 30, Utah State 9
PROVO, Utah (AP) _ Ryan Hancock passed for 385 yards and three touchdowns in his first college start to lead Brigham Young to a 30-9 victory over Utah State Friday night.
Hancock, a pitcher for BYU’s baseball team, began the season as the No.3 quarterback but moved up when starter John Walsh and backup Steve Clements were sidelined by injuries.
BYU of the Western Athletic Conference improved to 2-3 overall. Utah State of the Big West is 1-4.
Hancock threw TD passes of 25 yards to Otis Sterling in the first quarter, 67 yards to Kalin Hall in the second and 65 yards to Eric Drage in the third. He finished with 20 completions in 40 attempts with two interceptions.
Drage was Hancock’s favorite target, catching eight passes for 196 yards.
Quarterback Tony Cavillo moved Utah State well at times, but the Aggies bogged down each time they got close to the BYU end zone.
Utah State got inside the BYU 10 three times, but the Cougars allowed just two 26-yard field goals by Sean Jones, who also connected from 47 yards in the second quarter.
Cavillo completed 26 of 57 passes for 266 yards without an interception.
Utah State kept the game close in the first period, countering Hancock’s TD pass to Sterling with Jones’ first two field goals, the second coming after Doug Stone recovered Jamal Willis’ fumble at the Utah State 35.
The Aggies used an 18-yard reception by Wilson and Cavillo’s 30-yard pass to Aubrey Thompson to get to the BYU 8 before stalling.