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BYU WR Kody Epps Makes Big Plays, Helps Cougars Extend Lead

Sep 29, 2022, 8:37 PM | Updated: 9:22 pm
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Kody Epps #0 of the Brigham Young Cougars rushes the ball around Michael Anyanwu #22 of the Utah State Aggies during the second half of their game September 29, 2022 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

PROVO, Utah – BYU wide receiver Kody Epps had a massive drive that featured three big plays to help the Cougars stretch their lead over the Utah State Aggies.

The No. 19 Cougars hosted the Aggies at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Thursday, September 29.

With 6:12 left in the third quarter, Hall connected with Epps, who took ball into the end zone for an eight-yard score.

It was the receiver’s third catch of the series. On the fifth play of BYU’s possession, Epps had a 27-yard reception. After a false start, Hall hit Epps for 26 yards prior to the touchdown play.

Epps’ touchdown capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive that took 3:51.

After the drive, Hall was 14/19 passing for 251 yards and three touchdowns. Epps had five receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown.

The Los Angeles native has scored in three straight games. Epps entered the USU game with 16 catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns this season.

The Utah State vs. BYU game is broadcast on ESPNKSL Sports Zone, and KSL NewsRadio.

Utah State vs. No. 19 BYU

This is the last scheduled game between BYU and Utah State, as the Cougars make their transition to Power Five football in the Big 12 conference next year. It is also the 91st meeting all-time between the two programs. The pressure is on tonight as BYU looks to protect their home field and Utah State looks to knock off the Cougars one more time.

BYU (3-1) enters the game on the heels of a late Saturday night victory over Wyoming, 38-24. Quarterback Jaren Hall was electric in the game and with buzz building around his NFL potential, he’ll look to have another big night. Hall did not play in last year’s matchup in Logan.

Running back Miles Davis was the emerging star in Saturday’s win over the Cowboys. Davis rushed for 131 yards in the game, including coming up just short of the end zone on a 70-yard run. Head coach Kalani Sitake said after the game that the running back position would be played more by “committee” moving forward.

Utah State (1-3) has not had the start they wanted to their season. After winning the Mountain West conference in 2021, the Aggies have struggled losing their last three games. Quarterback Logan Bonner is reportedly unavailable to play tonight, according ESPN’s Pete Thamel. Cooper Legas, the hero of the LA Bowl, is expected to start for the Aggies. Utah State is averaging just 15.5 points per game from the offense, while allowing 36.0 points per game on defense.

Last year in Logan, BYU beat the Aggies 34-20 behind a stellar night from running back Tyler Allgeier. With Jaren Hall out, Baylor Romney got the start against Utah State. He was injured at the end of the first half, leading Jacob Conover to take his first snaps as a BYU quarterback in the win.

The Cougars will welcome back some key players tonight against the Aggies. Earlier in the week, head coach Kalani Sitake noted that wide receiver Gunner Romney  would be good to go for Thursday night. Romney has not seen any game action this year after suffering an injury during fall camp. Sitake did not have an update for wide receiver Puka Nacua, who played last week and suffered another injury in the win over Wyoming. FB/TE Masen Wake will not play tonight against the Aggies.

BYU also expects to get back a number of pieces on the offensive and defensive lines. Sitake noted that Kingsley Suamataia, Max Tooley, Earl Tuitoi-Mariner, and Gabe Summers would all be available against Utah State. Getting starters back into the lineup is huge this week. Not only is it a short week for the Cougars, but they also need to be preparing for their next opponent: the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

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