It was another near-perfect game for BYU as the 18th-ranked Cougars crushed Troy, 48-7, in the home opener at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Just how dominate has BYU been in two games?
So far, BYU has total 1,241 yards of total offense, compared to just 330 yards for Navy and Troy combined. The domination doesn’t stop there as it was just the second time in program history that the Cougars have scored 100+ combined points through the first two games of the season (103).
The last time the Cougars scored more than 100+ points was in 2001 when the 12-2 team racked up 122 points against Tulane (70) and Nevada (52).
The Cougars have only punted twice and could have ran the score up even higher if they didn’t take a knee near the goal line in each of the two games late in the fourth quarter.
Zach Wilson Shines
BYU dual-threat quarterback Zach Wilson had another big night as the junior completed 23 of 28 passes for a career-high 392 yards.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior tossed two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Cougars to a dominating victory Saturday night. He also finished with an impressive quarterback rating of 223.3.
The game marked just the fourth time that Wilson has accounted for at least four touchdowns in a game (Hawaii, UMass, Western Michigan). It also showed that BYU’s offense wasn’t just a one-hit wonder against Navy.
Career night from #️⃣1️⃣ pic.twitter.com/VfSz3OaHUt
— BYU FOOTBALL (@BYUfootball) September 27, 2020
Over the years, BYU has struggled against inferior opponents, however, so far this season, the Cougars have shown that the close games and losses are a thing of the past.
Wilson’s favorite targets on Saturday were junior wideouts Dax Milne (7 catches, 140 yards, 1 TD) and Gunner Romney (5 catches, 138 yards). The duo combined for 278 yards and a staggering 23.8 yards per catch.
It also marked the first time since 2015 that BYU had two 100-yard receivers Mitchell Juergens (172) and Devon Blackmon (105) in what was a win over Boise State in 2015.
Through two games, Wilson has amassed 624 passing yards and a four-to-one touchdown-to-interception ratio.
The numbers are even better if you look at what Wilson has done wearing all royal blue uniforms — which have been arguably his best games in a Cougar uniform. Wearing all royal blue uniforms, Wilson has now completed 39 of 43 passes for 669 yards, six touchdowns to go along with zero interceptions.
ESPN’s College Gameday Crew Loves BYU
ESPN’s College Gameday crew was on location in Miami, Florida for the rivalry game between No. 12 Miami (2-0) and Florida State (0-1).
During the broadcast, the crew shared predictions for Saturday night’s game between BYU and Troy.
With BYU being a 14-point favorite, it wasn’t a surprise to see Kirk Herbstreit, Pat McAfee and the rest of the gang pick BYU, however, the crew did have a lot of love for the Cougars.
Me and my MASSIVE hammer have been rather warm on @CollegeGameDay…
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) September 26, 2020
“BYU, just a few weeks ago, I thought they were potentially the best football team that has ever gone onto a football field,” McAfee said. “I love the stormin’ Mormons out there minus-14.5 against Troy, strictly ’cause I don’t know what a Troy is.”
“I am on your side. I’m all about BYU,” he said. “They are physical — probably as physical as anybody in the country at the line of scrimmage. I know it was against Navy – they hadn’t practiced, they hadn’t tackled – but I love this BYU team.”
Herbstreit has given the Cougars plenty of love so far this year, including going on the Scott Van Pelt show after the Navy game and saying that BYU’s dominating win reminded him of an NFL team with the way the BYU played, as well as how the team handled all the circumstances (no fans at the game, etc.).