BYU vs. Boise State Score: # 9 Cougars make assured statement in defeat to # 21 Broncos

No. 9 BYU finally broke through their first win on Blue Turf in Boise State Friday night, and the Cougars did so in a convincing manner with their 51-17 win over the No. 21 Broncos. The win improved BYU to 8–0 as the Cougars continue to build on the Black Horse nomination for the College Football Playoff match with a statistically dominant effort against the best opponent in their schedule for 2020.

The Cougars beat Boise State 573-310 as the Bronco delivered their worst home defeat since the 2001 loss to Washington State. An injury to Boise State midfielder Jack Sears resulted in the Broncos returning 2-1 as was already the case without Hank Bashmeyer starting at the start. With the oldest midfielders knocked out, Boise State turned into junior rookies Cady Finnegan and Andy Peters. Finnegan eventually finds Khalil Shaker to make a pair of landings in the fourth quarter to give Boise State some life.

By that point, however, BYU had already amassed another prolific offensive performance. Quarterback Zach Wilson connected in 21 of 27 passes for 359 yards without interception while he crossed the 2,500-yard pass for this season. The win was particularly meaningful to Wilson and other BYU VIPs who were part of a dramatic 21-16 loss at Boise in 2018. This defeat dropped BYU down to 0-5 all-time in road matches against Boise State, with three of these Losses come with one point.

Odds makers expected another one-on-one game Friday night with BYU entering the start as a favorite with 4.5 points. But the Boys State’s visions of defeating the higher-ranked opponent to play at Albertsons Stadium since the Broncos joined the football division in 1996 quickly faded. Tyler Allgier ran 86 yards to land in BYU’s second offensive play, Sears was hit soon after and the Cougars roared the rest of the way.

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BYU’s next match is November 21 against North Alabama of the FCS. The Cougars will conclude their list of 10 games against San Diego on December 12.

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