The No. 9 BYU finally broke for their first win on the blue lawn of Boise State on Friday night, and the Cougars did so convincingly with a 51-17 victory over the No. 21 Broncos. The victory in BYU improved to 8-0 as the Cougars continue to rely on their candidacy for the dark horse for the College Football Playoff with a statistically dominant effort against the best opponent in their 2020 schedule.
The Cougars beat Boise State 573-310, giving the Broncos their worst home defeat since a 2001 loss to Washington State. An injury to Boise State quarterback Jack Sears put the Broncos 2-1 as quarterback Hank Bachmeier was already without a start. With the top two quarterbacks, Boise State turned to champions Cade Fennegan and Andy Peters. Fennegan finally found Khalil Shakir for a fourth quarter touchdown pair to give Boise State some life.
By that point, however, BYU had already mounted another productive attack. Quarterback Zach Wilson connected in 21 of 27 passes for 359 yards without watching, surpassing 2,500 yards for the season. The victory was particularly significant for Wilson and other senior BYU teammates who participated in a dramatic 21-16 defeat at Boise State in 2018. This defeat dropped BYU to 0-5 all the time in road games against Boise State, with three of these losses it comes with a single point.
The oddsmakers were expecting another game with a game on Friday night with BYU entering the kickoff as a 4.5 point favorite. But the Boise State’s vision of defeating the top-ranked enemy to play at the Albertsons Stadium has since waned since Broncos joined the football division in 1996. Tyler Allgier ran 86 yards for a touchdown in BYU’s second offensive game, Sears was injured shortly after and the Cougars cruised the rest of the way.
BYU’s next game is on November 21 against FCS North Alabama. The Cougars are scheduled to complete their 10th game against San Diego State on December 12.