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BYU overcomes slow start to win comfortably over UMass

NCAA Football: California at Brigham Young Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

After digging themselves into a 10-0 deficit, BYU scored 35 straight points to beat UMass 35-16 at Gillette Stadium.

BYU’s defense smothered UMass after a slow start, and the offensive line came alive in the second half to open up holes in the running game and give Zach Wilson enough time to make throws downfield.

Zach Wilson was an efficient 14/22 for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns and added 53 rushing yards. BYU ran for 221 rushing yards on the day, led by 69 yards and a touchdown from Matt Hadley.

Linebackers Isaiah Kaufusi and Sione Takitaki were all over the field for BYU, as the duo each finished with 14 tackles. BYU’s pass rush also had one of its best days of the year, as the defense finished with 4 sacks on the day. UMass WR Andy Isabella — the nation’s leader in receptions and receiving yards — was held relatively in check, as he finished with 85 receiving yards.

The win puts BYU at 5-5 on the season, meaning the Cougars need a win over lowly New Mexico State next week to become bowl eligible. The Aggies and Cougars kickoff at 8:15 MST at Lavell Edwards Stadium.