Smack Talk From Utah Tech WR Was Motivation In BYU Football Locker Room

Nov 20, 2022, 1:31 AM | Updated: 1:01 pm

BYU Football, Utah Tech, Smack Talk...

BYU Cougars quarterback Jaren Hall (3) scores a touchdown on a keeper during the game against the Utah Tech Trailblazers at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.


PROVO, Utah – During the second half of the BYU football game against Utah Tech, there were some chippy penalties. To the point where some of the penalties from BYU players were trying to send a personal message.

What caused that? Smack talk from Utah Tech leading up to Saturday’s game.

In an interview, Utah Tech wide receiver Malcolm Ross-Turner, in the build-up to the first-ever meeting with BYU, gave a prediction for the game.

BYU football got chippy due to smack talk

“I’m Malcolm Ross-Turner predict the Utah Tech and BYU football game; it’s gonna be 27 to 14. I will give them 21, maybe. Who’s winning, though? Utah Tech. It’s about it, though.”

The post was shared by a former KOVO radio host on social media, making its way around apps like Twitter and on message boards before being deleted. The tweet claimed that Ross-Turner compared BYU to Sacramento State, but that supposed soundbite was not heard in the video that made the rounds on social media.

“I think the guys were a little upset and a little bit chippy because of some of the things that were said all week,” said BYU coach Kalani Sitake. “Our guys aren’t blind. They know what was being said and so they wanted to just get after it and were a little physical. It cost us some plays, you know, but that’s alright.”

BYU won the football game, 52-26. Ross-Turner and the Utah Tech offense came close to delivering the point total for the Trailblazers, but he was way off on BYU’s final output.

The redshirt junior ended up with three catches for 49 yards on eight targets.

Ross-Turner’s prediction caught the attention of BYU star quarterback Jaren Hall, who passed for a career-high 456 yards in the 26-point victory.

“Put a fire underneath” BYU entering UTU game

“Yeah, it was motivation,” Hall said after being asked if he heard what was said from Utah Tech. “We definitely heard it. Media is everywhere nowadays. Everyone has a phone. You’re not, not gonna hear something like that. So yeah, it definitely motivated us yesterday, seeing the quotes and the video. But you know, that’s the game of football. People say stuff, and you’ve got to respond. For us, luckily, it kind of put a fire underneath us and got us better prepared.”

Lighting the fire underneath them was noticed by BYU’s headman.

“Yeah, there were just some things that were said by them that our guys just really wanted to get to this game,” said Sitake.

BYU now moves forward, knowing they will be going to a bowl game this season. But before they get to a postseason bowl game, they have one game left to close out the regular season. Next week, BYU travels to Stanford for a late-night 9 p.m. (MT) kickoff.

As for Utah Tech, their season wrapped up on Saturday afternoon in Provo. The Trailblazers finished with a 4-7 record in their second fall season in the FCS ranks after moving up from Division II.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch and his BYU Football coverage on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

BYU Football, Quarterback Battle, Jake Retzlaff, Gerry Bohanon...

Mitch Harper

BYU QB Battle: Gerry Bohanon, Jake Retzlaff Split First-Team Spring Ball Reps

It's a two-man race for the starting QB job at BYU.

8 hours ago

BYU Basketball, Bracketology, Richie Saunders...

Mitch Harper

Bracketology Forecasts Have BYU Trending Up Entering March

The Bracketologists are looking kindly on BYU basketball after the win over Kansas.

9 hours ago

BYU Basketball, TCU Preview, Jaxson Robinson, Dallin Hall...

Mitch Harper

BYU Basketball Renews Old MWC Rivalry With TCU In Big 12 Play

BYU returns home for a tilt against a familiar foe.

10 hours ago


Kyle Ireland

Family Flies From New Zealand To Surprise BYU’s Kaylee Smiler On Senior Day

The family of BYU's Kaylee Smiler flew from New Zealand to Utah to surprise the Cougar women's basketball guard on senior day.

12 hours ago

BYU Football, Jake Retzlaff, QB Competition...

Mitch Harper

Jake Retzlaff Prepared For BYU QB Competition With Former Star

Returning lettermen Jake Retzlaff turned to a former BYU star to get ready for the quarterback competition.

1 day ago

BYU Football, Spring Practice, Gerry Bohanon...

Mitch Harper

Observations From Day One Of BYU Football Spring Practice

Observations from the first day of BYU football spring practice.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Smack Talk From Utah Tech WR Was Motivation In BYU Football Locker Room