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Live coverage: BYU hosts North Alabama following bye week

The Cougars had contributions across the board in the blowout win.

It wasn’t a question of if No. 8 BYU would stay perfect on Saturday afternoon. It was a question of how impressive the Cougars would be and how many backups could get valuable reps in facing North Alabama at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Mission accomplished on both fronts, as BYU rolled to a 66-14 victory.

The Cougars improved to 9-0 for just the fourth time in school history with the victory over an FCS opponent in the first meeting between the two schools, as BYU emptied its bench in the second half.

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  • The BYU Cougars take the field at a nearly empty LaVell Edwards Stadium before their game against North Alabama in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. The BYU Cougars take the field at a nearly empty LaVell Edwards Stadium before their game against North Alabama in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Steve Griffin, Deseret News
  • The BYU Cougars leave the field at a nearly empty LaVell Edwards Stadium before their game against North Alabama in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. The BYU Cougars leave the field at a nearly empty LaVell Edwards Stadium before their game against North Alabama in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Steve Griffin, Deseret News
  • The BYU Cougars take the field at a nearly empty LaVell Edwards Stadium before their game against North Alabama in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. The BYU Cougars take the field at a nearly empty LaVell Edwards Stadium before their game against North Alabama in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Steve Griffin, Deseret News
  • Family and friends of BYU players sit among cutout fans in a nearly empty LaVell Edwards Stadium before the Cougars game against North Alabama in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Family and friends of BYU players sit among cutout fans in a nearly empty LaVell Edwards Stadium before the Cougars game against North Alabama in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Steve Griffin, Deseret News
  • The BYU Cougars take the field at a nearly empty LaVell Edwards Stadium before their game against North Alabama in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. The BYU Cougars take the field at a nearly empty LaVell Edwards Stadium before their game against North Alabama in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Steve Griffin, Deseret News
  • Family and friends of BYU players sit among cutout fans in a nearly empty LaVell Edwards Stadium before the Cougars game against North Alabama in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Family and friends of BYU players sit among cutout fans in a nearly empty LaVell Edwards Stadium before the Cougars game against North Alabama in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Steve Griffin, Deseret News
End of fourth quarter BYU 66, North Alabama 14

The Cougars wrap up the win with a couple late scores. here’s a look at the final stats:

2:36, fourth quarter BYU 66, North Alabama 14

A North Alabama fumble turns into a touchdown on the next play for BYU, as Miles Davis runs 26 yards for a touchdown, his second score of the day.

3:36, fourth quarter BYU 59, North Alabama 14

The Cougars score in the fourth quarter, courtesy of a 53-yard Jake Oldroyd field goal that makes him 10-for-10 on field goals this season. BYU went 36 yards in eight plays on the scoring drive.

12:09, fourth quarter BYU 56, North Alabama 14

The Lions score for a second time, this time on a 29-yard pass from Rett Files to Jakobi Byrd, to cap an impressive six-play, 69-yard drive. North Alabama has shown the ability all day to throw the ball and now has 285 passing yards.

End of third quarter BYU 56, North Alabama 7

Miles Davis scores his first touchdown as a Cougar, with a 6-yard run to cap a 55-yard scoring drive. This came after the BYU defense came up with a fourth-down spot on a Earl Tuioti-Mariner sack in Cougar territory. BYU has scored 14 or more points in every quarter today.

Through three quarters, here’s a few notes:

  • BYU has 487 yards o total offense, including 2727 passing yards
  • The Cougars are 8-for-8 in the red zone, all touchdowns
  • BYU is averaging 10.1 yards per play, while holding North Alabama to 4.8
10:50, third quarter BYU 49, North Alabama 7

The backups have taken over for BYU’s offense, and after the Cougars were forced to punt to start the third quarter, Malik Moore set up BYU in North Alabama territory. Baylor Romney then hit Kavika Fonua for a 7-yard touchdown pass to capitalize on the turnover on a five-play, 39-yard drive.

End of second quarter BYU 42, North Alabama 7

BYU added four touchdowns in the second quarter to build the 35-point lead. A few first-half notes:

  • Zach Wilson completed 10 of 16 passes for 212 yards and four touchdowns, and Kalani Sitake said on a BYUtv interview he is done for the day
  • BYU put up 389 yards of offense, though North Alabama had 221 and held a nearly five-minute edge in time of possession
  • The Cougars offense has been balanced, with 212 yards passing and 177 rushing, led by 136 yards from Tyler Allgeier
0:40, second quarter BYU 42, North Alabama 7

BYU counters the North Alabama quick strike with one of its own, scoring on a three-play, 75-yard drive that took just 57 seconds of the clock. Zach Wilson flipped a 22-yard touchdown pass to Kavika Fonau for Fonau’s first score of the year.

Dax Milne had a 58-yard catch to get the drive going:

1:37, second quarter BYU 35, North Alabama 7

The Lions have their first scoring drive of the day, going 75 yards on six plays — aided by a BYU personal foul penalty — to add a quick score. Ja’Won Howell scores on a 2-yard run for his first touchdown of the season, and the Cougars won’t have a shutout.

2:59, second quarter BYU 35, North Alabama 0

The Cougars’ fifth score comes on a short field, after Isaiah Kaufusi returns a fumble 50 yards to set BYU up at the Lions 6. It took four plays, though, before Zach Wilson hit Isaac Rex for a 3-yard touchdown pass, Wilson’s third of the game. Rex reached high over the defender for the score, his eighth of the year.

6:39, second quarter BYU 28, North Alabama 0

The Cougars strike quick after stopping a fourth-down attempt by North Alabama in BYU territory, as Zach Wilson hits Neil Pau’u with a 19-yard strike for a touchdown. That caps a three-play, 62-yard drive that included a 39-yard run from Tyler Allgeier.

Here’s a look at that Allgeier run, as he’s up to 136 yards rushing on 12 carries:

13:24, second quarter BYU 21, North Alabama 0

The Cougars march right down the field for a third straight score, this one again a 2-yard Tyler Allgeier run. Allgeier ripped off a 30-yard run on the 11-play, 86-yard drive, and BYU is at 246 yards of total offense.

End of first quarter BYU 14, North Alabama 0

The Cougars are in control and driving again as the period ends. A few notes from the first quarter:

  • BYU has 211 yards of total offense, showing balance with 110 through the air and 101 on the ground.
  • Zach Wilson’s completion percentage lower than normal, as he’s 6 of 11 with a touchdown
  • Tyler Allgeier has 61 rushing yards, with a score
  • The Cougar defense has a sack from Isaiah Kaufusi and is holding North Alabama to minus-3 yards rushing
  • The Lions have 81 passing yards in the first quarter
4:32, first quarter BYU 14, North Alabama 0

BYU goes 91 yards for a touchdown on its second possession, scoring on a 2-yard Tyler Allgeier run, his 10th touchdown of the season. This drive went 91 yards and included a 33-yard Zach Wilson run.

9:42, first quarter BYU 7, North Alabama 0

The Cougars march down the field on their opening possession — sparked by a 50-yard pass to Gunner Romney on the first play — and take the early lead with a six-play, 80-yard drive. Isaac Rex makes his seventh touchdown catch of the season, from 2 yards out.

Pre-game

Here are a few links to stories you may want to read prior to or during the game:

Deseret News BYU football beat writer Jay Drew provides a few personnel updates:

BYU starting RB today will be Tyler Allgeier

— Jay Drew (@drewjay) November 21, 2020

DT Gabe Summers will get the start today in the place of Bracken El-Bakri, according to announcements on the big screen at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Zayne Anderson is back and starting.

— Jay Drew (@drewjay) November 21, 2020

BYU will be without co-starting RB Lopini Katoa today -- he's still recovering from an ankle injury sustained vs. Boise State. Defensive end Tyler Batty (ankle) is also out today.

— Jay Drew (@drewjay) November 21, 2020

Five BYU QBs warming up: Zach Wilson, Gunner Romney, Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters, Jacob Conover and Rhett Reilly. BYU QBs coach Aaron Roderick said Wednesday that Jaren Hall is taking the season off to recover from a hip injury.

— Jay Drew (@drewjay) November 21, 2020
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