After coming up a yard short last week and suffering its first loss of the season, No. 18 BYU (10-1) bounced back Saturday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium with a 28-14 victory over San Diego State (4-4).

The Cougars are just one of four teams that have 10 wins this season and will look to finish the season with just one loss for the first time since 1996 when the program went 14-1. BYU’s last two-loss season was in 2009 (11-2).

Playing in likely his last home game before leaving early for the NFL, Zach Wilson completed 26 of 35 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson’s three touchdown passes moved him closer to legend status as he moved into a tie at No. 10 (Steve Sarkisian and Kevin Federick) in passing touchdowns (53) at BYU.

Speaking of climbing, freshman tight end Isaac Rex had another phenomenal performance as the the 6-foot-6, 250-pounder hauled in five catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns. Rex had the play of the game with a 20-yard diving touchdown catch in the fourth quarter to give BYU a two-touchdown lead, its biggest of the game.

BYU Beats Utah, 82-64 — Here’s All The Reactions

Rex also joined elite company as he recorded his ninth and 10th touchdown catches of the season. The last BYU tight end with 10+ touchdowns in a single season was Jonny Harline (12) back in 2006. Rex is also just the 17th BYU player in program history with 10 or more TD catches in a single season.

BYU’s defense struggled all night as San Diego State racked up a game-high 399 yards of total offense. However, when it mattered most, the Cougar defense stood tall. BYU made three critical fourth down stops — in the fourth quarter alone — and held the Aztecs to a touchdown on four red zone trips. The Aztecs had the ball for nearly 37 minutes, compared to just 23 minutes for the Cougars.

Due to the pandemic and a late start to the college football season for most schools, Saturday’s game was the first December home football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Playing in their “blackout” uniforms, BYU rallied to finish the season undefeated at home.

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BYU Beats Utah, 82-64 — Here’s All The Reactions