BYU dominated Navy from the opening kick and dominated every facet of the game as the Cougars came out on top 55-3 in the season opener.
BYU dominated both sides of the line scrimmage, opening up gaping holes for running backs on offense and suffocating Navy’s triple option attack on defense.
Offensively, BYU piled up 580 yards and put up an absolute clinic on the offensive line. Tyler Allgeier ran for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns while Lopini Katoa added 80 yards and 2 touchdowns of his own (plus a TD reception).
Zach Wilson had to throw only 18 passes, completing 13/18 for 232 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 pick. The interception came when Neil Pau’u tripped on a Navy defender’s foot. Junior Gunner Romney was the main beneficiary of Wilson’s passes as he finished with 4 receptions for 134 yards and 1 touchdown.
BYU’s defense was equally as dominant, shutting down every aspect of Navy’s triple option. The Midshipmen mustered only 119 rushing yards and 30 passing yards. Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo said this was the first time Navy went live all year and it showed.
The saddest part coming out of this game is that BYU doesn’t currently have any high caliber opponents to prove itself. BYU could still add games as the season progresses, but Navy was expected to be BYU’s toughest test this season. In the meantime, BYU can continue dominating opponents and taking down the opponents in front of them.
BYU has a bye week next before traveling to the east coast again to take on Army’s triple option attack.