BYU dominates UCF in Boca Raton Bowl

BYU football cruised to a 49-23 win over UCF in the Boca Raton Bowl Tuesday night at FAU Stadium.

It’s the end of a historic, whirlwind season unlike any other for the Cougars as they finish up 11-1, hitting the 11-win plateau for the first time since 2009.

Junior quarterback Zach Wilson led the Cougars (11-1) with a career-high 425 passing yards, setting a new Boca Raton Bowl record. Wilson threw for three touchdowns with no interceptions, completing 26 of his 34 attempts and adding another two scores on the ground.

Sophomore running back Tyler Allgeier led BYU’s rushing attack, racking up a career-high 173 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries. Senior running back Lopini Katoa added 21 yards on the ground on seven carries while junior receiver Gunner Romney had a six-yard rushing touchdown.

Eight different receivers hauled in passes from Wilson on the night, led by freshman tight end Isaac Rex who recorded 96 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Senior receiver Neil Pau’u added 86 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Katoa caught four passes for 90 yards. Junior receiver Dax Milne tallied a game-high seven catches for 70 yards and Allgeier had three receptions for 60 yards.

Sophomore linebacker Keenan Pili led the Cougar defense with nine tackles, including two solo stops, while senior linebacker Isaiah Kaufusi had eight tackles and junior linebacker Payton Wilgar had seven. Senior safeties Troy Warner and Zayne Anderson each recorded four tackles, including three solo stops, and one pass breakup apiece.

As a team, BYU racked up 655 total yards while the Knights (6-4) had 411. The Cougars jumped out to an early 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, scoring touchdowns on seven of their first eight drives of the game.