No. 8 BYU rolls up 66 in rout over North Alabama
Eighth-ranked BYU scored touchdowns on its first six possessions, Zach Wilson passed for four touchdowns in one half of play, and the Cougars rolled to a 66-14 blowout of North Alabama on Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
BYU (9-0) continued its perfect start and won its fifth straight by at least 17 points as it aimed to pad its resume three days ahead of the first College Football Playoff rankings release.
The Cougars faced little resistance from North Alabama, a transitional Football Championship Subdivision program. They led 35-0 before the Lions scored their first points, all part of a first-half deluge.
Tyler Allgeier, who rushed for 141 yards on just 13 carries, scored on a pair of 2-yard touchdown runs. Wilson threw scoring passes of 2 and 3 yards to Isaac Rex, 19 yards to Neil Pau’u and 22 yards to Kavika Fonua — all in the first half — as BYU led 42-7 at the break.
BYU’s second-and-third-string players put up another 24 points in the second half, including a 7-yard Baylor Romney touchdown pass to Fonua. Fonua finished with 36 yards receiving, while Dax Milne led the way with four receptions for 101 yards.
Miles Davis rushed for 54 yards on just four carries, including touchdown rushes of 6 and 26 yards in the second-half mop-up duty.
The Lions (0-4), playing their final game of a truncated season, got on the board before intermission when Ja’Won Howell rushed for 2 of his 22 yards on a touchdown carry. Tyler Price led North Alabama with 29 yards rushing.
Quarterback Rett Files, who finished 15 of 21 for 200 yards, found Jakobi Byrd for a 29-yard touchdown pass in the early fourth quarter to round out North Alabama’s scoring. The 66 points North Alabama surrendered on Saturday marked a program high.
Coming into Saturday’s contest, no opponent — including FBS competition in Southern Miss and No. 21-Liberty — scored on the Lions in the first quarter. BYU needed fewer than six minutes on an 80-yard drive to get things rolling.
North Alabama had also not allowed any more than 28 points in a game this season, a mark BYU reached a little more than midway into the second quarter. The Cougars’ 66 points are the most in a game for the team this season, surpassing the 55 they posted in the opener against Navy. BYU has scored at least 51 points in four of nine games.
–Field Level Media