by Daniel Olsen | While it was 70 degrees and sunny at the time of kickoff in Provo, it was “raining cats and dogs” once the BYU Cougars and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs took the field. It was mostly Cougars as they won by a score of 45-14.
BYU entered the game with a 2-0 record and sitting at number 22 in the AP Top 25 poll. They had outscored opponents 103-10. They played this game in a shortened week after beating the Troy Trojans of the Sun Belt Conference last Saturday.
It is the first game ever against the Bulldogs from Ruston, Louisiana. The Cougs improve their overall record to 37-1-12 against current members of the Conference USA.
While the sample size is small and the opponents aren’t as impressive, Zach Wilson was still one of the biggest highlights for the offense. He finished the game with 24 of 26 for a sizzling 92% completion percentage. He threw for 325 passing yards and scored five touchdowns. Three were in the air and two were on the run.
The Cougars dominated every single facet of the game. On offense they had 513 total yards compared to just 313 yards from the Bulldogs. On the run it was the same story. The Cougars more than doubled the output of the Bulldogs on the ground.
This game was tough early on as both teams were playing chess to try to figure out each other’s game plan. The score at the end of the first quarter was 7-7.
The most impressive quarter was the second, which included three touchdowns for BYU. That is the highest output in a quarter for the Cougars in the 2020 BYU season. That is exceptional because there have been plenty of points to go around for this BYU offense. The Cougar defense held the Bulldogs scoreless to go up 28-7 at the end of the first half.
There was no letting up in the third quarter either. The BYU defense was just as impressive as the offense as they shut out the Bulldogs once again in this half. They chipped in ten points of their own including a 45-yard field goal by Jake “The Make” Oldroyd to maintain his perfect kicking accuracy in 2020. He has made all five of his kicks ranging from 20 to 54 yards. He has also connected on all 19 extra points.
The fourth quarter was time for BYU to just hold on for a victory as they chipped in one more touchdowns and allowed just one more late touchdown from the Bulldogs.
The game ball should most likely go to Zach Wilson for his insanely efficient night. However, we will have a little fun and give it to the rarely used punter Ryan Rehkow. Rehkow only had to punt twice tonight but he made it count. He punted the ball 54 yards to pin the Bulldogs on their own 18 yard line in the first quarter. After the following stop they had excellent field position and began their scoring run.
If this punt is bad then it possibly affects the momentum of the game. As former punter Jonny Linehan would say, punters are people too.
It was another dance party for the Cougars as their winning ways once again led to some silly dancing on the sidelines. ESPN might put Dancing with the Stars out of business as long as BYU keeps up playing these #BYUAfterDark games.
The Bulldogs will look to rebound from this loss next week when they take on the UTEP Miners next Saturday at 5:30 PM MST. That game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
BYU will be hosting a UTEP rival when they play the UTSA runners for the first time in history. That game will be just before the Louisiana Tech game. It will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 1:30 PM MST.
Featured image via Deseret News.