No. 9 BYU routs No. 21 Boise State 51-17 to remain unbeaten

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BYU wide receiver Neil Pau'u (2) waits for a pass during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Boise State on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Steve Conner)

BOISE, Idaho – BYU hasn’t had many chances this season to prove that it’s deserving of its lofty No. 9 ranking. On Friday night, the Cougars took full advantage of their first game against a ranked team.

And it was nothing short of impressive.

Zach Wilson threw for 359 yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Allgeier rushed for 123 yards and a pair of scores as BYU routed No. 21 Boise State 51-17.

BYU (8-0), which beat Boise State on the road for the first time in six tries, is off to its best start since 2001 when the Cougars started 12-0. It’s also the first time in school history that BYU has scored 50 points or more against a ranked opponent.

Wilson, who originally committed to Boise State before signing with BYU, completed 21-of-27 passes and threw TDs of 5 and 20 yards. He also found the end zone on a 4-yard run.

The projected first-round NFL draft pick said he doesn’t begrudge anyone for questioning how good of a team BYU is during these unprecedented times.

“People still doubted us, but I don’t blame them for that,” Wilson said. “It’s hard to tell how good we are with how our season has switched up, but each week is an opportunity for us to prove ourselves. (This win) doesn’t mean anything unless we keep winning.”

Meanwhile, Boise State (2-1) suffered its worst loss since a 64-19 rout by rival Idaho in 1996, the Broncos first year as an FBS program. Boise State lost the 1997 season opener to Cal State Northridge by 40 at home but that game was later forfeited to the Broncos.