It was a defensive battle in the third quarter, which ended as it began with the Cougars leading 6-3. BYU exhibited defensive prowess with an interception and fumble recovery in the third period, but the offense struggled as the Cougars only managed to gain 43 total yards.
BYU's defense put on the pressure in the third quarter, forcing two Utah State turnovers. Outside linebacker Spencer Hadley caused a fumble during Utah State's opening drive while defensive back Preston Hadley intercepted the Aggies on the Cougars' 2-yard line. Ezekiel Ansah continued to impress, recording his third TFL of the night.
Preston Hadley thwarted Utah State's attempt at a trick play by intercepting Aggie wide receiver Cameron Webb's pass at the 2-yard line. By the end of the quarter, Hadley had totalled six solo tackles and one interception.
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