Wilson shines as No. 16 BYU routs UCF in Boca Raton Bowl
Zach Wilson threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two more in the first half to lift 16th-ranked BYU to a 49-23 victory over UCF on Tuesday in the Boca Raton Bowl in Florida.
Wilson completed 26 of 34 passes for a Boca Raton Bowl-record 425 yards for the Cougars (11-1), who amassed 434 of their 655 total yards before intermission. Memphis’ Riley Ferguson held the previous passing record with 372 yards in 2016.
Tight end Isaac Rex reeled in at least two touchdown receptions for the fifth time in seven games in which he has played. Rex finished with five catches for 96 yards and Neil Pau’u had five receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown to lift BYU to a 35-10 lead at halftime.
Tyler Allgeier highlighted his 19-carry, 173-yard performance with a 39-yard touchdown run just 1:49 into the third quarter.
Dillon Gabriel completed 21 of 45 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns for the Knights (6-4), who had been idle since posting a 58-46 win over South Florida on Nov. 27.
BYU wasted little time setting the tone in this contest.
Wilson raced up the middle and tucked the ball inside the left pylon for a 15-yard touchdown to open the scoring just 1:49 into the contest.
The Cougars benefited from a bit of razzle dazzle on their next touchdown, with Wilson receiving the ball back from a reverse before finding a wide-open Rex for a 36-yard score.
UCF was denied on a fourth-down play, allow BYU to seize control of the contest. Wilson punctuated a four-play, 76-yard drive with a 4-yard scamper around left end to give the Cougars a 21-0 lead with 25 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Knights attempted to crawl back into the contest as Greg McCrae scored from 5 yards out to cap a 15-play, 80-yard drive early in the second quarter.
Wilson, however, connected on 27- and 35-yard scoring strikes to Rex and Pau’u, respectively, to push the Cougars’ advantage to 35-7.
Gunner Romney answered Allgeier’s romp by scoring on a jet sweep with 9:31 remaining in the third quarter to effectively seal the win.
–Field Level Media