Playing in primetime with Rece Davis and Kirk Herbstreit on the call, BYU put on a show as the Cougars went on the road and crushed Navy, 55-3, in the season opener for both teams.

It was the worst loss ever at Navy for head coach Ken Niumatalolo. In fact, BYU had seven touchdowns in the game, while Navy finished with just seven first downs. It was complete domination by the Cougars who came out fired up and ready to show the nation just how good and deep the team is this year.

Despite playing a little more than half of the game, BYU quarterback Zach Wilson still managed to throw for 232 yards and two touchdowns. The 6-foot-3 dual threat quarterback didn’t have to do much as he got plenty of help from running backs Tyler Allgeier and Lopini Katoa. Allgeier finished the night with a season high in carries (14), yards (132) and touchdowns (2). Katoa added 10 carries for 80 yards and also ran for two touchdowns.

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BYU gave Navy a taste of its own medicine as the Cougars racked up 580 total yards, including 301 on the ground. Last year, Navy led the nation in rushing offense at 360 yards per game and finished the year with a school-record 4,687 rushing yards. But the stifling Cougar defense made sure to not let that happen as the Midshipmen finished with just 149 total yards and 119 rushing yards.

The victory was icing on the cake for Cougar fans as Niumatalolo turned down an offer to become the head coach at BYU after Bronco Mendenhall left for Viginia.

Here’s how the media, fans, coaches and players reacted after the win:

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