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Cougars roll over vs Minutemen with 56-24 win

Cougars set record with 42-point second quarter.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 10 BYU at UMass Photo by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It was a breezy afternoon in Amherst, Massachusetts and that’s the exact adjective that could be used to describe BYU’s win over UMass on Saturday as the Cougars dominated, 56-24.

The game was decided in the first half after BYU set a school record for most points in a quarter, when they blitzed the Minutemen for 42 points in the second frame. The quarter included three touchdown passes from Zach Wilson and touchdown runs from Lopini Katoa, Jackson McChesney, and Aleva Hifo. Wilson, who didn’t play after the first half, finished with 293 yards passing on 17/20 with four touchdowns.

BYU was pitching a shutout until the second half when they elected to put in a lot of the second and third unit players to finish out the game. UMass scored their 24 points with backup quarterback Randall West who came in after Andrew Brito left with an injury in the second quarter.

The big story of the day was the running of freshman Jackson McChesney. He finished the day with 228 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns. He busted off long runs of 62 and 44 yards and looked like an offensive weapon that BYU could look to in the future.

Next up for the Cougars is a showdown with former Mountain West Conference foe San Diego State on November 30. The Aztecs defense present a decent challenge for the Cougars before they prepare for their bowl game in Hawaii.