LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Can Taysom Hill take the next step forward?
That's the question facing BYU (2-2) as it faces in-state rival Utah State (3-2) on Friday night. Criticism of Hill escalated when he completed only 37.5 percent of his passes in a loss to Utah two weeks ago.
The sophomore quarterback did much better against Middle Tennessee last week, completing 14 of 19 passes for 177 yards and an interception. For Hill, it felt like a big step forward in the passing game.
Hill faces a much bigger defensive challenge this week. Utah State ranks No. 22 among FBS teams in total defense. The Aggies allow just 188.8 yards passing and 126.6 yards rushing per game — ranking in the top 40 in both categories.