PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – The question wasn’t if BYU was going to beat Texas State Saturday night, but rather by how much?
Thanks to another standout night by quarterback Zach Wilson, the Cougars blew out the Bobcats in the first game this season with fans at LaVell Edwards Stadium, 52-14.
Wilson completed 19 of 25 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns, while Tyler Allgeier rushed for 77 yards and a. score, as BYU improved to 6-0 to start the season.
“He’s got a really strong arm,” head coach Kalani Sitake said. “We’ve seen him do that over and over and over again, it’s nothing new. I was happy with a lot of things we did offensively with Zach and some of the decision making he made. I know there are some passes he wishes he could have back, but he was able to capitalize and make some nice throws.
Tight end Isaac Rex had five catches for 66 yards and two touchdowns, while Dax Milne and Keanu Hill also had touchdown catches for the Cougars.
A school-record 14 different receivers caught passes, as the Cougars racked up 580 total yards and 30 first downs.
“It’s so fun being around this offense,” Rex said. :We are clicking on every cylinder. We are all playing fast and physical. I really love being with everyone on the team from the quarterback to the wide receivers to the O-line and the rest of the tight ends. We are playing at a really high level so we just need to keep it up and keep working.”
Wilson also rushed for 15 yards and caught at 16-yard pass from wide receiver Neil Pau’u.
Wilson engineered seven touchdown drives, including drives of 86, 90 and 94 yards.
After falling behind 7-0, BYU then ratted off 49 unanswered points, capped by a 32-yard pick-6 by linebacker Isaiah Kaufusi.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Kaufusi said. “I try and visualize a lot of things because I am a big believer in visualization and I saw myself getting in the end zone. I told a teammate of mine who wasn’t at the game that I would get a pick six for him as I was driving to the stadium. I was fortunate to be at the right place at the right time and was just determined to get in the end zone. It’s a great feeling in front of my family who was in attendance. To have that pick six in Lavell Edwards Stadium will be a memory I will cherish forever. I am really pumped about it.”
The BYU defense forced two turnovers in all, and held Texas State to just 267 total yards.
Lopini Katoa added 35 yards rushing and a 4-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Baylor Romney relieved Wilson in the third quarter, and completed 5 of 10 passes for 49 yards and an interception.
After playing its first three home games without fans, some 6,570 fans were allowed in to watch the Cougars continue their best start since 2008.
“It was so good to see our fans at home,” Sitake said. “They made a lot of noise and I’m pretty sure we used all 6,000 tickets. That 6,000 that came made a lot of noise and I’m really happy they were able to enjoy the game. We’ve had a lot of games without fans this season so that was a lot of fun. I’m just really thankful that they were able to be here and cheered our guys even when the game was easily in control. Looking forward to seeing all our fans get here and fill this place up as soon as we get things right.”
BYU next hosts Western Kentucky October 31st at 8:15 p.m.