BYU becomes bowl eligible with narrow win over Washington State

Allgeier rushes for 191 rushing yards and two scores as BYU wins the Battle of the Cougars, 21-19.

BYU running back Tyler Allgeier carries the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State on Saturday, October 23, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo / Young Kwak )

BYU and Washington State entered Saturday’s game with something to prove, but only one team was able to come out victorious.

The Provo Cougars were looking to break a two-game slippage. The Pullman, Washington Cougars were looking to win amid the biggest reshuffle the program could have had in the middle of the season.

But two failed 2-point conversion attempts hurt Washington State and BYU managed to secure a 21-19 victory.

The victory not only broke BYU’s losing streak, but it made coach Kalani Sitake’s team bowl eligible. It is also the first time BYU has beaten four Power 5 programs in the same season.

“A lot of credit to Washington State,” Sitake said. “I know they’re going through adversity and change, and I thought these guys showed up ready to play, really motivated. In the end, we just made one more game than them. But if you watch it, it was a pretty balanced game.

Washington state saw four of its staff, including head coach Nick Rolovich, released from the program when the group failed to get vaccinated despite the imposed October 18 vaccination mandate deadline. by the state.

However, even with Jake Dickert as interim coach, Washington State quickly scored with an 11-yard touchdown from Max Borghi in his first practice. The BYU Cougars responded with their own opening scoring, a 3-yard touchdown from Lopini Katoa.

If people thought the quick offensive debut would lead to a shootout, they were wrong.

After each team gathered scoring 75-yard records, they each struggled to move the ball and failed to add to the score for the remainder of the first half.

The action picked up once again when the BYU Cougars scored early in the third quarter. The WSU Cougars responded in practice that followed, but opted for a 2-point conversion in hopes of taking the lead instead of leveling the game. They failed.

The failed 2-point try came back to haunt the WSU Cougars later when they needed the two runs to tie the game but were again stopped by BYU.

“Fortunately our defense was set and got it,” defensive back Malik Moore said of preventing Washington State from scoring on the second conversion.

BYU’s rushing offense rebounded a week after recording 67 yards at a season low. In Pullman, the BYU Cougars rushed for a season-high 238 yards.

Junior Tyler Allgeier was once again instrumental in BYU’s rushing offense with 191 rushing yards and two scores in 32 carries.

In the first quarter, on his fourth run of the day, Allgeier broke for a 30-yard rush that put him past 2,000 rushing yards in his career. He became the fastest BYU runner to reach 2,000 yards with 316 carries. Luke Staley had previously been the fastest to reach this milestone with 349 races.

Allgeier’s performance on Saturday was the best by a BYU running back against a Power 5 team in school history.

“I’m a little pissed off, but it should be good,” Allgeier said.

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