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National Media Reacts After BYU’s Win Over Virginia

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After a historic 66-49 win in many ways for BYU, national media from various outlets took notice of the offensive explosion in Provo.

We round up some of the various reactions from around the country.

Stewart Mandel of The Athletic talked about BYU as one of his 20 takeaways from the week.

16. Saturday’s late-night Virginia-BYU shootout (halftime score: 42-38 Virginia) began as a showcase for Cavaliers do-everything QB Brennan Armstrong (431 total yards, six TDs, two INTs) but turned into the Tyler Allgeier Show. BYU’s stud running back followed up last week’s 191-yard day at Washington State by carrying 29 times for a career-high 266 yards and five TDs in the Cougars’ runaway 66-49 win. BYU is now 7-2, including 5-1 against Power 5 foes. And it’s got another, very winnable one remaining at 4-4 USC, which unfortunately lost All-America-caliber WR Drake London to a feared season-ending ankle injury.

Chris Vannini of The Athletic went into some of bonkers offensive number from the game.

The teams combined for five touchdowns of 30-plus yards in the second quarter, the only time that’s happened in a quarter in the FBS this season, per Pro Football Focus. The 80 combined points in the first half made for the highest-scoring half in the FBS this year.

BYU running back Tyler Allgeier’s 266 rushing yards were the third-most in school history, and his five touchdowns tied for the most. He averaged 9.2 yards per carry.

BYU is 5-1 against Power 5 teams this year, and the 66 points are the Cougars’ most ever against a power-conference team and the most allowed by Virginia since a 68-0 loss to Texas in 1977. The 49 points were the most scored by Virginia in a loss.

ESPN’s latest power rankings put BYU at #20.

It was a defense-optional kind of night in Provo, where BYU welcomed back former coach Bronco Mendenhall with one of the highest-scoring games in college football this season. Tyler Allgeier was a man on mission. He ran for 266 yards (on 29 carries), which ranks No. 3 on the school’s single-game record and his five rushing touchdowns matched a school mark. BYU’s 66 points are tied for the eighth-most it has ever scored in a game and are the most against a FBS opponent since scoring 70 against Tulane in 2001.

CBS Sports latest power rankings move BYU up to #18.

A wild 66-49 win against Virginia is going to leave an impression on voters who will have no trouble moving the Cougars up among the list of one-loss teams.