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No lookin' back: No. 9 BYU runs away from No. 21 Boise State for historic victory

BOISE — Three years after coming agonizingly close to leading BYU to its first-ever win at Boise State, former Broncos commit Zach Wilson finally got it done.

And what a way to mark a historic first.

Wilson threw for 359 yards and two touchdowns, and Tyler Allgeier added 123 yards and two scores on the ground as No. 9 BYU rolled to a 51-17 win over No. 21 Boise State, handing the Broncos their first-ever home loss in the 11-game rivalry series Friday night at Albertsons Stadium.

Gunner Romney caught six passes for 133 yards for the Cougars, who improved to 8-0 for just the fourth time in program history and catapulted itself into the New Year’s Six conversation. Freshman Isaac Rex added five catches for 45 yards and two touchdowns, and Neil Pau’u added 75 yards and a rushing touchdown in the rout.

After Gabe Summers drove quarterback Jack Sears into the ground with a sack that forced Boise State to punt on its first possession, Allgeier needed just 26 seconds to cap the Cougars’ first scoring drive with a career-long 86-yard run for a touchdown.

BYU was off to the races from there.

On the next series, Sears left the game with an apparent head injury. The USC transfer was taken to the medical tent, then escorted from the field by the medical staff without his helmet.

Already missing last year’s starter Hank Bachmeier for the second-straight game, the Broncos turned to true freshman Cade Fennegan, a recently returned missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Argentina. Fennegan, who was previously recruited to North Texas by now-USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, is the son of former BYU quarterback Garth Fennegan and completed 15-of-24 passes for 179 yards, an interception and a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in his Boise State debut, where the Broncos (2-1) played three quarterbacks.

But the Cougars held Boise State to just 16 yards on the ground in the first quarter and took a 10-3 edge on Jake Oldroyd’s 47-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter. Wilson then capped an eight-play, 96-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run after he went 3-for-3 passing for 32 yards, ran twice for 16 yards, and drew a pass interference penalty in the red zone en route to a 16-3 halftime lead before pouring it on in the second half.

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Scoring summary

First quarter

11:41 — BYU: Tyler Allgeier, 86-yard run (Jake Oldroyd kick)

03:32 — BOI: Jonah Dalmas 39-yard field goal

Second quarter

14:34 — BYU: Oldroyd 47-yard field goal

1:00 — BYU: Zach Wilson, 4-yard run (kick blocked)

Halftime — BYU 16, Boise State 3

Third quarter

12:48 — BYU: Isaac Rex, 5-yard pass from Wilson (Oldroyd kick)

6:57 — BYU: Rex, 20-yard pass from Wilson (Pau’u pass from Wilson)

1:26 — BYU: Lopini Katoa, 20-yard run (Oldroyd kick)

Fourth quarter

11:27 — BYU: Neil Pau’u, 1-yard run (Oldroyd kick)

9:27 — BOI: Khalil Shakur, 52-yard pass from Caden Fennegan (Dalmas kick)

9:14 — BOI: Shakur, 46-yard pass from Fennegan (Dalmas kick)

7:59 — BYU: Allgeier 2-yard run (kick failed)

Final — No. 9 BYU 51, No. 21 Boise State 17

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