Under the lights at LaVell Edwards Stadium, true freshman Zach Wilson became the youngest quarterback to ever to start for BYU.

And boy did he make it count.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound dual-threat quarterback put on a show in his first career start as he completed 16 of 24 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns in the Cougars’ 49-23 victory over Hawaii.

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He also showed off his athleticism by making plays with his feet as he scored on a 23-yard run, juking multiple defenders en route to the end zone. For many Cougar fans, it brought back memories of Taysom Hill, especially after Wilson hurdled over a Hawaii player in the first quarter.

His play was so impressive, that the BYU Football Twitter account temporarily changed its name at halftime to the “Zach Wilson Fan Account” after witnessing a scorching first half.

Wilson’s three touchdown passes were also the most by a true freshman quarterback making his first start in program history as he found Dallin Holker, Aleva Hifo and Gunner Romney for scoring strikes.

Along with his rushing touchdown, Wilson’s four touchdowns were the most by a true freshman QB in their first career start and finished the night with a 167.5 pass efficiency rating — which set another program record.

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The win assured that the Cougars’ streak continued as Hawaii fell to 0-10 against BYU in Provo and has now lost five consecutive games in the series. With the win, BYU now holds a 23-8 overall lead in the series, and most importantly, looks well on its way to making a bowl game this season.

Wilson showed off his abilities as he completed short throws, intermediate throws and even deep passes down the sidelines. He was accurate all night and kept the Hawaii defense on its toes thanks to his great scrambling abilities. That, of course, opened up the field for some big plays as the defense had to account for him.

Converted running back Matt Hadley had a career-night as he had nine carries for 91 yards and a score. Lopini Katoa added 83 yards and a touchdown and Riley Burt chipped in with 59 yards on the ground and a touchdown. For the game, the Cougars had 280 yards rushing (6.0 yards per rush) and 194 yards passing (8.1 yards per pass) for a season-high of 474 yards of total offense.

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