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Friday night college football: Utah State, BYU cruise on Friday night

Chuckie Keeton racked up four touchdowns to lead Utah State past San Jose State, 40-12, to help his team stay alive in the Mountain West race. BYU scored 30 unanswered points in the middle quarters to blow past Middle Tennessee.

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BYU, Utah State win on Friday

Taysom Hill and BYU got back to .500 while Utah State picked up a nice win on the road.

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Bene Benwikere leaves game with scary injury

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BYU pulls away from Middle Tenn. in 3rd quarter

The BYU Cougars dominated the third quarter and now hold a 37-10 lead over the Middle Tennessee State Raiders.

The Cougars took a 23-10 lead into halftime and capped off their opening 12-play, 60-yard touchdown drive of the third quarter with a 1-yard touchdown rush from Michael Alisa. BYU's offense didn't score again after their opening drive, though they really haven't need to because of their strong defensive play. With less than a minute left,  JD Falslev returned a punt 71 yards to the end zone to take a commanding 27-point advantage.

The Blue Raiders haven't been able to get much of anything going offensively. Logan Kilgore has completed just 13 of his 29 pass attempts for 82 yards. On 28 carries, Middle Tennessee has accumulated just 81 yards on the ground. At less than three yards per-carry, the Cougars have done a great job preventing the Blue Raiders from getting much of anything going down the field.

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Utah State up big on San Jose State at half

The Utah State Aggies had their way with San Jose State's defense in the first half, taking a 23-6 lead at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton played well in the opening half, completing 16 of 24 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Keeton connected with D.J. Tialavea and Keegan Andersen early in the first quarter to give the Aggies an early 14-3 lead. In the second quarter, Nick Diaz hit field goals from 24, 45 and 25 yards out to continue piling on the scoreboard.

Not a whole lot went right for the Spartans early, and a last-second field goal attempt that would've cut the deficit to 14 points went wide right. Quarterback David Fales has been unable to find the end zone and threw a costly interception deep in his own territory. SJSU's ground game has been nonexistent; as a team, they carried the football just 11 times for 39 yards.

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BYU leads Middle Tennessee State at halftime

The BYU Cougars lead the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 23-10, after the first half of Friday night's non-conference battle at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah.

BYU quarterback Taysom Hill has run all over Middle Tennessee's defense so far. The Cougars took an early 7-3 lead on a 12-yard touchdown rush from Hill, and then went ahead once again, 16-10, in the second quarter on a 50-yard Hill scamper to the end zone.

With just 15 seconds remaining before halftime, Michael Alisa went untouched on a 2-yard touchdown run up the middle to give the Cougars a 23-10 lead.

Even though the Cougars lead by 13, the game could essentially be over if they just took better care of the football. Two costly fumbles in the red zone prevented BYU from blowing the game wide open in the second quarter. They clearly looked like the more complete team in the first half, and unless MTSU makes some changes in a hurry, this one will likely be over midway through the second half.

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Utah State leading San Jose State in 2nd quarter

Chuckie Keeton and the Utah State Aggies hold a 17-3 lead over San Jose State midway through the second quarter.

Keeton has picked apart the Spartans' secondary so far, completing 7-of-12 passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns. On Utah State's first dive of the game, Keeton connected with D.J. Tialavea for a 3-yard touchdown strike to give the Aggies a 7-0 lead.

San Jose State answered on its first possession with a 31-yard field goal off the foot of Austin Lopez. Even with the field goal, USU's defense had to be feeling good about coming away with a stop in the red zone to halt a 14-play drive that spanned nearly 70 yards.

Late in the first quarter, Keeton hit Keegan Andersen with a 5-yard touchdown pass to give the Aggies a 14-3 lead. Nick Diaz then hit a 24-yard field goal early in the second quarter to push the lead to 17-3.

In addition to the two passing touchdowns, Keeton has also rushed for 34 yards on six carries. He's doing a little bit of everything for Utah State tonight, and SJSU will have to make adjustments in a hurry if it hopes to stay in the game much longer.

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Middle Tennessee takes early lead over BYU

Off to one of their worst starts in years, the BYU Cougars are looking to get back to .500 on the season. With the first quarter in the books, the Cougars trail Middle Tennessee State, 10-7.

Middle Tennessee struck first on their opening drive of the game as Cody Clark lined up a 42-yard field goal to give the Blue Raiders an early 3-0 lead. BYU came right back on the following drive. Led by quarterback Taysom Hill, a 12-yard touchdown rush gave the Cougars a 7-3 lead.

The Blue Raiders found the end zone just before the end of the quarter, taking the 10-7 advantage. Quarterback Logan Kilgore connected with Marcus Henry on a 16-yard touchdown strike, quieting a loud crowd at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah.

Kilgore has played well so far, completing 6 of 11 passes for 43 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Parker leads the Raiders with 25 rushing yards on eight carries.

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How to watch Utah State vs. San Jose State

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How to watch MTSU vs. BYU

The Cougars look to get back in the win column against Middle Tennessee State.

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