No. 9 BYU (8-0) led from start to finish as the Cougars cruised to a 51-17 road victory over No. 21 Boise State.

Coming into Friday’s showdown, BYU had never beaten Boise State on the “Smurf Turf” (0-5), losing several games by one point.

The undefeated Cougars took out years of frustration in the blowout victory and made a bigger case to be included in the College Football Playoff. The team already has a bunch of national writers and college football analysts praising the performance so far this season, including ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.

The BYU offense racked up 573 yards of total offense and had touchdown drives of 96, 95 and 86 yards. After lighting up the scoreboard once again, the Cougar offense has now scored 40+ points seven times in the first eight games — a program record.

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Zach Wilson had another outstanding performance as the junior threw completed 21 of 27 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a rushing touchdown as well.

Running back Tyler Allgeier rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, including an 86-yard run on the Cougars’ first possession of the game. Lopini Katoa also averaged more than eight yards per carry as the junior running back rushed for 66 yards and one touchdown.

With the win, BYU is off to its best start since 2001, when the Cougars started 12-0. For Boise State, the Broncos suffered its worst loss since a 64-19 rout by Idaho in 1996.

Well… so much for the concerns about playing on a short week. With BYU unable to practice on Sunday (religious beliefs), as well as the NCAA not granting its waiver to be able to practice on Tuesday (Election Day), the Cougars had just two days to practice before Friday’s game. Not only did the team gets its first win on the Smurf Turf, but the 51 points scored were the most against a ranked team in program history.

Here’s a look at how the media, fans and players reacted after the win:

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