The regular season ended for the two biggest college football programs in the state on the last Saturday in November. Brigham Young University and the University of Utah both ended their 8-4 records on high notes in some close games against Cal and Colorado.
BYU salvaged their season after starting out 4-0 but then lost four straight games due to some key injuries on the team. Quarterback Taysom Hill broke his leg and starting running back Jamaal Williams sat out half the season due to knee injuries. Both hope to recover from surgery and come back.
BYU’s quality of opponents this year was not a strong point on their schedule compared to the Utes, but they finished strong winning their last four games. Snow alumni Christian Stewart finished with 2262 passing yards and 22 touchdowns. Jamaal Williams lead the rushing attack with 518 yards, despite missing the majority of the year. BYU will play in the Miami Beach Bowl on Dec. 22 and their opponent will be announced December 6.
For the University of Utah, this season was filled with thrills, and feelings were that they didn’t quite live up to their potential. This is their fourth year in a tough Pac-12 conference and they finished with an 8-4 record with strong wins over #8 UCLA and #20 USC. They also won in double OT nail biters against Oregon St. and Stanford and lost to #14 Arizona St. in OT by three.
Travis Wilson led all passers with 2012 yards and 17 touchdowns and the Utes found an every-down back in Devontae Booker who racked up 1350 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. A bowl game has not yet been announced for Utah but there are many possibilities, some of which include squaring off in a rematch against another Pac-12 team.