Oct 31, 2020; Provo, UT, USA; Western Kentucky players Dominique Bradshaw, left, and Kendrick Simpkins (16) defend on an incomplete pass to BYU wide receiver Keanu Hill during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Provo, Utah. Mandatory Credit: Rick Bowmer/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

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No. 11 BYU stays perfect, rips Western Kentucky

Zach Wilson threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score and No. 11 BYU scored touchdowns on all five of its first-half possessions while cruising to a 41-10 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday night in Provo, Utah.

Wilson completed 18-of-32 passes for 224 yards and was intercepted once in the third quarter, snapping a school-record streak of 184 passes without an interception. He also rushed for 35 yards on five carries, including a five-yard touchdown run, before giving way to backup Baylor Romney at the start of the fourth quarter.

Tyler Allgeier rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown and Dax Milne caught five passes for a game-high 67 yards and a touchdown for BYU, which improved to 7-0 for the fourth time in school history and the first time since 2001. The Cougars next travel to defending Mountain West champion No. 25 Boise State (2-0), a 49-30 winner at Air Force earlier in the day, on Friday night.

Tyrrell Pigrome completed 19-of-30 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown and Gaej Walker rushed for 75 yards on 17 carries to lead Western Kentucky (2-5), which finished with 10 penalties for 96 yards.

BYU opened the game with a 10-play, 75-yard drive capped by a two-yard touchdown run by Allgeier to take a 7-0 lead. Wilson was four-of-five on the drive for 66 yards, including a 38-yarder to Gunner Romney to the Hilltoppers’ 3-yard line.

Western Kentucky answered with a 44-yard field goal Brayden Narveson to cut it to 7-3 but BYU answered with 28 consecutive points while building a 35-3 halftime lead, with Wilson throwing touchdown passes of 23 yards to Milne, 42 yards to Lopini Katoa and four yards to tight end Isaac Rex. Wilson also scored on a five-yard run.

Western Kentucky started the second half with a 20-play, 74-yard drive that chewed up 10:06 on the clock but failed to score when Walker was stopped about a foot short of the goal-line on a fourth-and-goal run. But four plays later Wilson was intercepted by Dionte Ruffin who added a 28-yard return. Pigrome then hit Joshua Simon with a three-yard touchdown pass on the following play to cut it 35-10.

Jake Oldroyd connected on a 49-yard field goal on the final play of the third quarter to boost BYU’s lead to 38-10. Oldroyd added a 45-yarder with 58 seconds remaining as the Cougars, who outgained the Hilltoppers, 410-262, topped the 40-point mark for the sixth time this season.

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