BYU vs. Boise State Score: # 9 Cougars give strong testimony in the escape from # 21 Broncos

No. 9 BYU prevailed for their maiden win on Boise State blue turf on Friday night, and the Cougars won with a 51-17 win over the No. 21 Broncos. The win improved BYU to 8-0 as the Cougars build on their college football playoff candidacy with a statistically dominant performance against the best opponent on their 2020 schedule.

The Cougars defeated Boise State 573-310, giving the Broncos their worst home defeat since losing to Washington State in 2001. An injury to Boise State quarterback Jack Sears set the 2-1 Broncos back as they were already without reigning starting quarterback Hank Bachmeier were. Boise State turned to newbies Cade Fennegan and Andy Peters with its two best quarterbacks. Fennegan eventually found Khalil Shakir for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to bring Boise State to life.

At this point, however, BYU had already put together another productive offensive performance. Quarterback Zach Wilson joined on 21 of 27 passes for 359 yards non-stop while crossing 2,500 yards for the season. The win was especially significant to Wilson and other BYU high school students who were part of a dramatic 21:16 loss at Boise State in 2018. That defeat put BYU in road games against Boise State with three of those losses coming down 5-0 all-time by one point.

The odds makers expected another one-ball game on Friday evening, with BYU kicking off as a 4.5-point favorite. But Boise State’s visions of beating the most senior opponent at Albertsons Stadium since the Broncos joined the Football Bowl subdivision in 1996 quickly faded. Tyler Allgier ran 86 yards for a touchdown in BYU’s second offensive game, Sears was injured shortly afterwards, and the Cougars crossed the rest of the way.

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BYU’s next game is November 21st against North Alabama of the FCS. The Cougars are expected to complete their 10-game game against the State of San Diego on December 12th.

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