Spirits are sky around for BYU fans after a 3-0 start and nine days post Big 12 invite. National media members continue to take notice after 3 wins over Pac-12 teams, two of which were ranked at the time BYU beat them.
Below are some of the reactions from national media members after BYU’s week three win.
“We thought BYU’s moment came and went with Zach Wilson, but lo and behold, the Cougars have kicked off 2021 with wins over three Pac-12 foes; the last two, Utah and Arizona State, were ranked at the time. BYU’s defense hasn’t allowed more than 17 points in any of its matchups. BYU’s schedule includes many more similarly respectable but beatable foes, like Boise State (which just lost at home to Oklahoma State), Baylor, Washington State, Virginia and, on Thanksgiving weekend, USC.”
Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated has BYU at 7 in his top 10, up from 10 last week.
“Who is 3–0 against Power 5 competition? These guys. The Cougars got one of the great individual plays of the year to help hold off the Sun Devils, when running back Tyson Allgeier ran down an Arizona State defensive player who was on the way to the end zone with a fumble. Allgeier leaped over the top and punched the ball loose, BYU recovered, and it maintained the advantage the rest of the game. It may be a while before these guys lose. If they do lose.”
“Best strip: BYU’s Tyler Allgeier made as good of a hustle play as you’ll see all season late Saturday night to help save a 27-17 win over No. 19 Arizona State. Merlin Robertson picked off Jaren Hall and looked like he was going to score, but BYU’s running back chased him down from behind and pulled off this punch-out that Hall was able to recover.”
“Life is good in Provo. Coming off last year’s 11-1 season, the Cougars have secured membership in the Big 12 and started the year with three straight wins against Pac-12 teams. The Cougars never trailed in their 27-17 win against No. 19 Arizona State, as quarterback Jaren Hall completed 15 of 27 passes for 214 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. BYU will have a chance to make it 5-0 against the Pac-12 with games against Washington State and USC later in the year.”
The Twitter machine gave us some great content last night and this morning.
Was thinking the same thing! If you look each of their schedules imagine the following scenario.— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) September 19, 2021
Resume wouldn't even be close! https://t.co/REqLEkQ4dw
It's a good thing BYU got that Big 12 invite when it did because I'm not sure Pac-12 teams should keep scheduling them.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 19, 2021
Cougs 3, Pac-12 0.
Congrats to BYU for clinching the Pac-12 South Division title tonight— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 19, 2021
Everyone keeps saying it’s a bad day for the Pac-12, but BYU is 3-0 in Pac-12 play and seems to be on track to win the South?????— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) September 19, 2021
Even Draymond Green got in on the action and was watching BYU last night.
Wowwwwww!!!!! Hell of a play 25!!!— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) September 19, 2021