No. 25 BYU won it’s 600th game in program history and did so in impressive fashion as the Cougars rolled to a 66-49 victory over Virginia Saturday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
The victory was special for a number of reasons, including a plethora of standout performances on offense, but the biggest was beating Bronco Mendenhall, the former Cougar coach, who left the program in search of greener pastures.
BYU fans finally got their revenge game against the former coach, and BYU players made sure fans weren’t disappointed.
Led by BYU running back Tyler Allgeier, the Cougars were unstoppable on offense as the team racked up 734 yards of total offense, had 36 first downs, averaged nearly 10 yards per play and did not have a turnover either.
Allgeier finished the game with career highs in both rushing yards and touchdowns. The sophomore ran for 266 yards and five touchdowns as the Cougars set several records in the win. Allgeier’s five touchdowns also tied a BYU single-game record, joining Jamaal Williams who had a similar performance against Toledo in 2016.
BYU and Virginia combined for 115 points, setting a record at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The previous high was 108 when BYU held on for a thrilling 55-53 win over Toledo in 2016. Both teams also combined for 1,322 yards of total offense.
BYU’s 66 points Saturday night were the most points scored against a Bronco Mendenhall-coached team. The previous high was 62 against No. 3 Clemson in the 2019 ACC championship game. Saturday’s high scoring game was the most against a P5 opponent for BYU and tied for the eighth most in program history.
Jaren Hall kept the Cougars balanced on offense as the dual-threat quarterback threw for a career-high 349 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 42 yards and touchdown in the win.
With the victory, the Cougars earned their fifth P5 win of the season to extend the school record. The high scoring shootout also had the nation talking as the Cougars and Cavaliers lit up the scoreboard.
Here’s how fans, the media, players and coaches reacted after the game:
✅ Averaged 9.2 yards per carry
✅ Tied a school record for rush TDs
✅ Got the win against Virginia
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) October 31, 2021
— David Almodova 💛💜 (@DKaulana) October 31, 2021
Tyler Allgeier is good at football.
— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) October 31, 2021
1130 rushing yards and 13 rushing TDs for Tyler Allgeier last season. 1132 yards and 16 rush TDs this season with 4 games to go. Luke Staley’s 1582 yards and 24 TDs in play.
Allgeier absolutely deserves to be a Doak Award finalist with Bijan Robinson and Kenneth Walker.
— Robby McCombs (@rtmccombs) October 31, 2021
Allgeier in 2020 against a “scrub” schedule: 1130 yards and 13 TDs in 11 games.
In 2021 against 6 P5’s: 1132 yards and 16 TDs in 9 games.
Holy Bejeebers Tyler!! Eat Dawg!! #BYU
— CougFan82 (@CougFan82) October 31, 2021
If anyone needs to mail something to Tyler Allgeier, just send it to the endzone…that’s where he lives.
— Jason Shepherd (@jsnshep) October 31, 2021
Dear Tyler Allgeier,
— BYU Realist (@ByuRealist) October 31, 2021
There are maybe 2 or 3 other rushing performances in BYU history that I’d even dare compare this game to for Tyler Allgeier and none of those games were against P5 opponents.
— Chappy 🇧🇷 (@itschappy) October 31, 2021
Using your fingers, how many points are we gonna give up to BYU? pic.twitter.com/wg6o6KPKft
— Golden Whetman (@dakicker11) October 31, 2021
Huge props to BYU OC Aaron Roderick.
When everything else felt off, he and his offense were ON!
734 total yards.
36 1st downs
34 minutes of possession
Guys looked coached well
It was an offensive clinic.
Well done by the BYU offense.
— Hans Olsen (@975Hans) October 31, 2021
— BYU FOOTBALL (@BYUfootball) October 31, 2021
Note: BYU has beaten the No. 1 and 2 teams in the South and the No. 2 team in the North. https://t.co/kWUlvq5xuk
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 31, 2021
That second quarter was a nasty trick but the rest was a treat! 😬 😂
— Jonny Linehan (@jlinehan9) October 31, 2021
— Reid Bates (@ReidBates6) October 31, 2021
I’ll always love @UVACoachBronco n their staff!! Those are my brothers and I’m grateful to have had the blessing to coach in this game. Great game to Virginia & safe travels. 🙏🏾 💙 #BoB #BYUFOOTBALL 💪🏾🏉
— Harvey Unga (@unga45) October 31, 2021
Miss playing the game with my brothers but I am super proud of them! Never gave up! #GoCougs 🔵🔹🔵
— Lorenzo Fauatea (@ZFauatea) October 31, 2021