When you beat a Top 25 team 51-17 on the road, there is a lot of praise to hand out. BYU had great performances from so many different guys, but we try to narrow it down to some of the ones that stuck out to us.
Zach Wilson — 21/27, 359 Passing Yards, 3 Total TDs
We won’t spend too much time on Wilson since that is where all the focus is. However, Zach’s performance this season has been incredible. No one else in college football has had the meteoric rise he’s seen this season, and every week brings more jaw-dropping throws. Enjoy him while he’s here, BYU fans. He is in all likelihood gone after this year.
Tyler Allgeier — 123 Rushing Yards, 2 TDs
The former walk-on has been sensational for BYU this year. Allgeier has rushed for over 700 yards this season with his blend of power and speed. His 86-yard TD run on BYU’s first possession yesterday set the tone and his punishing runs in the second half sucked life out of Boise State’s defense. Zach Wilson is the MVP of BYU’s team and the offensive line is great, but Allgeier has been a key part of BYU’s success.
Isaac Rex — 5 Receptions, 45 Receiving Yards, 2 TDs
Matt Bushman was no doubt a huge loss before the season, but freshman tight end Isaac Rex has hit his stride this season and looks like the next great BYU tight end. Rex has become a red zone menace, with 6 of his 21 receptions this year resulting in touchdowns. Rex has increasingly become a bigger part of BYU’s evidence the last few months. In the last three games, he has 14 receptions, 142 yards and 5(!) touchdowns.
Gunner Romney — 6 Receptions, 133 Yards
Romney has had the type of season we all hoped when he came to BYU as a 4-star recruit. Romney is BYU’s best deep threat and has been nails on underneath routes too. Also, he has to lead the country in receptions ending just short of the goal line, right? Romney has been a bit banged up this season, but he has several weeks to get healthy for BYU’s stretch run.
Neil Pau’u — 5 Receptions, 75 Yards
Pau’u didn’t have the same highlight-reel catches as Milne or Romney, but he was absolute nails in the first half. With Milne and Romney mostly bottled up early, Pau’u had multiple first down receptions and kept BYU’s offense on schedule in the first half. Without Pau’s first downs BYU probably goes into the halftime with only a one-score lead.
Dax Milne — 3 Receptions, 99 yards
Milne didn’t have a ton of touches, but he sure made every one count. His huge third down reception on the sideline on BYU’s opening second half possession kept the drive alive and allowed BYU to pull ahead 23-3. Milne is BYU’s best route runner and has been BYU’s most consistent and reliable receiver this season.
Brady Christensen — He Blocks Everything
BYU’s offensive line took some time to get going, but they were absolutely dominant in the second half. Christensen has been the best from a very impressive group, consistently protecting Wilson’s blind side the whole season. Christensen hasn’t missed a game in his career and is due for a nice NFL career.
BYU’s entire linebacking group had an excellent game. Isaiah Kaufusi and Keenan Pili led BYU with 9 tackles, Payton Wilgar was all over the field with 6 tackles, and Max Tooley did a nice job is pass protection. Linebacker is the deepest position on BYU’s defense and they have performed well all year.
Bracken El-Bakri — 9 Tackles, 1 TFL
Khyiris Tonga played great and forced a fumble, but El-Bakri deserves recognition for his performance. He stuffed rushing lanes and was a problem along the defensive line. El-Bakri’s 9 tackles tied for the team lead.
Chris Wilcox — 4 Tackles, 1 PBU
We haven’t heard Wilcox name much this season, and that’s because teams haven’t thrown his way a ton. Wilcox gave up a catch last night on a broken play by Boise State, but he didn’t give up anything down the field and made sure tackles. Health has been a concern for Wilcox, but he’s been great when he’s on the field.