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BYU went to Boise on Friday night searching for a signature win.
The No. 9 Cougars got that and more, dominating the No. 21 Broncos 51-17 at Albertsons Stadium for BYUs first triumph on the blue grass in 6 shots.
More significantly, though, the Cougars improved to 8-0 on the season and delivered an eye-popping efficiency as BYU looks to get into a high-profile bowl.
Zach Wilson, after a sluggish start, had another efficient night, while the BYU defense kept a Boise State offense dealing with injuries repressed all night.

3 takeaways
Offense hums in second half
While BYU remained in control going into the half, the Cougars offered up three sacks in the very first 2 quarters and misused two scoring chances, not scoring on Boise State turnovers on its side of the field.
That was rapidly forgotten in the 3rd quarter, however, as BYU scored touchdowns on its three belongings in the quarter while setting up 230 lawns of overall offense in the period.
Wilson finished the game completing 21 of 27 passes for 359 backyards and 2 goals, while also hurrying for 8 backyards and another score, his eighth hurrying touchdown of the season.
On those third-quarter scoring drives, the Cougars went 86, 72 and 72 yards, then BYU scored a goal to start the 4th quarter in building a 45-3 lead.
BYU regularly burned the Broncos with long plays, consisting of an 86-yard touchdown run from Tyler Allgeier– who had 123 rushing lawns and 2 scores– on the Cougars opening drive.

BYU location kicker Jake Oldroyd (39) kicks a 47-yard field goal as BYU and Boise State play a college football video game at Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

Defense keeps Broncos under covers
For the majority of the night, the BYU defense kept Boise States offense in check as the Broncos spent nearly the whole video game with third-string quarterback Cade Fennegan on the field.
Fennegan, a real freshman, changed Jack Sears– who began the year as the backup to Hank Bachmeier– on the Broncos 2nd drive after Sears left after taking a hit on a quarterback sneak.
Through the very first 3 quarters, BYU gave up just 3 points and 186 yards, as the Cougars required 2 turnovers and held the Broncos to 61 hurrying lawns.
Both of Boise States goals came midway through the fourth quarter on back-to-back long passes from Fennegan to Khalil Shakir, but otherwise, the BYU defense was as dominant as the Cougar offense.
The Broncos were 7 of 18 on 3rd down and BYU had 3 sacks and 4 takes on for loss on the night.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

BYU large receiver Dax Milne (5) is disrupted by Boise State cornerback Markel Reed (8) in the end zone as BYU and Boise State play a college football video game at Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

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BYU running back Tyler Allgeier (25) recalls to see if he is in the clear as he runs for an 86-yard goal as BYU and Boise State play a college football video game at Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

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BYU defensive back Troy Warner (4) protects Boise State large receiver CT Thomas (6) down field as BYU and Boise State play a college football game at Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

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BYU quarterback Zach Wilson (1) has his foot stepped on and decreases on a 4th down play as BYU and Boise State play a college football video game at Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

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BYU quarterback Zach Wilson (1) provides a pass as BYU and Boise State play a college football video game at Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

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BYU quarterback Zach Wilson (1) provides a pass as BYU and Boise State play a college football game at Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

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BYU defensive lineman Gabe Summers (98) celebrates a quarterback sack as BYU and Boise State play a college football video game at Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

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BYU protective back Morgan Pyper (10 ), BYU defensive back Hayden Livingston (28) and BYU long snapper Austin Riggs (84) bring the flags out as BYU and Boise State play a college football video game at Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

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An employee stands at the bottom of the lower bowl in front of fan cutouts as BYU and Boise State prepare to play a college football game at Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

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BYU Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson (1) fist-bumps with a main prior to BYU and Boise State playing a college football game at Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

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A couple of fans take their seats in the upper bowl as BYU and Boise State prepare to play a college football game at Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

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Live protection.
End of 4th quarter.
BYU 51, Boise State 17.
The Cougars complete off an outstanding revealing with 573 yards of total offense, while holding Boise State to 310 in an uneven video game on the Smurf Turf.

BYUs getting alternatives shine.
Neil Pauu had himself a breakout game, as the Broncos held the Cougars leading receivers– Dax Milne and Gunner Romney– in check during the first half. While Milne and Romney got going in the 2nd half, Pauu regularly delivered big catches throughout the game– completing with five catches for 75 backyards and included a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Naturally, Milne and Romney got going in the second half and had their usual strong lines. Romney led the Cougars with 6 catches for 133 lawns, while Milne added 3 catches for 99 backyards.
For that matter, tight end Isaac Rex also had an excellent game. The emerging playmaker caught 5 passes for 45 yards, consisting of two third-quarter goals.

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7:59, 4th quarter.
BYU 51, Boise State 17.
The Cougars recover the onside kick this time, and BYU turns the short field into points after Zach Wilson links with Gunner Romney on a 42-yard pass. Tyler Allgeier scores his 2nd touchdown of the night on a 2-yard run.

9:07, fourth quarter.
BYU 45, Boise State 17.
The Broncos score their second goal in 10 seconds after recovering an onside kick, as Cade Fennegan hits Khalil Shakir for a 46-yard goal, their 2nd straight scoring connection. After nine ownerships without a goal, Boise State has shown some offending life the previous two drives.

9:17, 4th quarter.
BYU 45, Boise State 10.
The Broncos lastly find completion zone, as Cade Fennegan hits Khalil Shakir for a 52-yard touchdown as Boise State goes on a six-play, 80-yard drive.

11:27, fourth quarter.
BYU 45, Boise State 3.
BYU takes advantage of a short field after Khyiris Tonga obstructs a punt, and a 1-yard score by Neil Pauu gives the Cougars a 42-point lead.

BYU set up 230 lawns of offense on its three goal drives in the third, and 179 of that came through the air.
The Cougars balanced 12.8 lawns per play in the quarter, while Boise State averaged 3 and had 45 yards of overall offense.
Zach Wilson finished 8 of 10 passes in the 3rd as the Cougars scored 22 points.

End of third quarter.
BYU 38, Boise State 3.
A few notes from a dominant 3rd quarter:.

1:26, 3rd quarter.
BYU 38, Boise State 3.
While the Broncos are on their fourth-string quarterback, the Cougars are merely humming on offense. This time, Zach Wilson leads a 72-yard drive that ends with a 20-yard goal run by Lopini Katoa. Wilson has finished 19 of 25 passes for 302 yards.

6:57, third quarter.
BYU 31, Boise State 3.
The Cougars are actually opening this one up, as Zach Wilson delivers a 20-yard goal pass to Isaac Rex, his 2nd score of the quarter, to make it a four-score game. The Cougars drive 72 lawns in six plays, and Wilson finishes 3 of 4 passes for 64 yards while tossing a 39-yarder to Dax Milne and a 5-yarder to Rex on a fourth-and-2 right before ball game.

12:48, 3rd quarter.
BYU 23, Boise State 3.
Zach Wilson flaunts his arm strength on a scoring drive to start the second half, striking Dax Milne for a 38-yard hand down third down, then tossing 38 lawns to Gunner Romney on the next play.
He capped the five-play, 86-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Rex, and the Cougars supervise. Wilson, in spite of some battles, is now 15 of 19 passing for 210 yards and a touchdown.

End of 2nd quarter.
BYU 16, Boise State 3.
A few notes from the very first half:.

Neil Pauu and Tyler Allgeier had good very first halves for the Cougars. With Boise State bottling up Dax Milne, Pauu captured 4 passes for 47 lawns, while Allgeier had 94 rushing backyards– including the opening 86-yard TD run– on six carries.
Beyond Allgeiers 86-yard run, the offenses have been fairly even. BYU has 245 lawns of overall offense, while Boise State has 141.
Bracken El-Bakri has seven deals with at the half, while Khyiris Tonga has 3 takes on and a forced fumble.
BYU is 1 of 5 on third down, while Boise State is 3 of 9.
The Broncos have a 19:46 to 10:14 edge in time of ownership, keeping the Cougar offense from getting much momentum going.

BYU failed to score on two Boise State turnovers, especially damaging considering the Cougars started with the ball inside the Broncos 40 on both turnovers. On the last play of the half, Zach Wilson tossed a 22-yard pass to Dax Milne, however with no timeouts and facing a fourth down, the Cougars squandered too much time and ran out the clock when a basket was possible.

1:00, second quarter.
BYU 16, Boise State 3.
BYU goes on an impressive 96-yard touchdown drive right before the half, and Zach Wilson ratings his 8th goal run of the year on a 4-yarder. The Cougars required just 1:26 and eight plays to score on the drive.

4:30, second quarter.
BYU 10, Boise State 3.
The Cougars waste an opportunity to include to their lead after real freshman Caleb Christensen obstructed Cade Fennegan, setting BYU up at the Boise State 39. BYU struggled to move the ball, however, and Zach Wilson lost and tripped 8 backyards on a fourth-and-4 play to offer the ball back to the Broncos. At this moment, Jack Sears hasnt returned and it appears Fennegan will be who the Broncos need to go with at quarterback.

14:54, 2nd quarter.
BYU 10, Boise State 3.
The Cougars top their 2nd drive with a 47-yard Jake Oldroyd field objective. BYU drives 52 lawns on 11 plays to make it a touchdown video game again.

BYU has actually outgained the Broncos 147 lawns to 79, and has a fourth down in field-goal area to start the 2nd quarter.
Boise State has the more precise passing video game– Jack Sears and Cade Fennegan have combined to go 7 of 9 for 63 yards, while Zach Wilson is 4 of 7 for 46 backyards.
Boise State is 2 of 5 on 3rd down, BYU is 1 of 2.
The Cougars are balancing 12.2 lawns per play, Boise State is averaging 4.2.

End of first quarter.
BYU 7, Boise State 3.
A few notes from the opening quarter:.

3:27, first quarter.
BYU 7, Boise State 3.
The Broncos respond to BYUs touchdown, though Boise State quarterback Jack Sears entrusted an injury. In came third-stringer Cade Fennegan, who led the team down for a 39-yard Jonah Dalmas basket to get the Broncos on the board on a 16-play, 53-yard drive.

11:41, first quarter.
BYU 7, Boise State 0.
BYU normally has actually fallen behind early the blue turf versus Boise State. Not this time, however, as Tyler Allgeier runs for a career-long 86-yard run and a touchdown on the Cougars 2nd play from scrimmage to top a 95-yard drive.

An appearance at the signature blue turf at Boise State before tonights game:.
Both groups get to Albertsons Stadium:.

While the Broncos are on their fourth-string quarterback, the Cougars are just humming on offense. This time, Zach Wilson leads a 72-yard drive that ends with a 20-yard touchdown run by Lopini Katoa. Wilson has finished 19 of 25 passes for 302 backyards.

On their first drive, the Broncos entered BYU territory with a pass on their first play following the opening kick, however the Cougar defense responded and quickly shut down the ownership.

Boise State will lack 2 stars this evening as well, quarterback Hank Bachmeier and running back George Holani. Former BYU recruiting organizer Tevita Ofahengaue informed me previously this week that BYU coaches wished to hire Holani, however he was pretty set on Boise State.
— Jay Drew (@drewjay) November 7, 2020.

Pre-game.
Here are a couple of links to stories you may desire to check out prior to or throughout the video game:.

BYU QBs warming up: Zach Wilson, Baylor Romney, Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters and Jacob Conover.
— Jay Drew (@drewjay) November 7, 2020.

Deseret News BYU football beat author Jay Drew offers a few personnel updates:.

Per Greg Wrubell of BYU Sports Network, BYU beginning complimentary safety Zayne Anderson probably will not play. LBs Keenan Pili and Kavika Fonua are anticipated to play.
— Jay Drew (@drewjay) November 7, 2020.

Allgeiers 86-yard run is the longest run by a BYU player given that Mike Hague ran for an 87-yarder vs. UNLV in 2006 (52-7 win) #BYUFootball.
— BYU Game Notes (@BYUGameNotes) November 7, 2020.

The Cougars misuse a possibility to add to their lead after true freshman Caleb Christensen intercepted Cade Fennegan, setting BYU up at the Boise State 39. BYU struggled to move the ball, however, and Zach Wilson tripped and lost 8 lawns on a fourth-and-4 play to provide the ball back to the Broncos.

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