Baylor Romney threw for a career-high 305 yards and three touchdowns and led BYU to a 35–27 victory over South Florida.
PROVO, Utah — Baylor Romney threw for a career-high 305 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 15 BYU to a 35-27 victory over South Florida on Saturday night.
Tyler Algier ran for 81 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help the Cougars secure their sixth straight win last season. Gunner Romney and Puka Nakua each finished with over 100 receiving yards, combining for 221 yards and touchdowns on nine catches.
BYU (4-0) turned in an impressive offensive performance, totaling 443 yards while averaging 8.9 yards per game.
Timmy McClain threw 186 yards and ran 55 yards to lead South Florida. Jaren Mangham added 86 yards and two touchdowns to the ground. The Bulls (1-3) scored three straight drives in the second half but were eventually shorted out.
Baylor Romney started at quarterback in place of Jaren Hall, who suffered a rib injury a week earlier on BYU’s final scoring drive against Arizona State. With him in control, the Cougar ran over the Bulls from the start.
On his first pass of the game, Baylor Romney hit his brother, the Gunner, with a 49-yard strike that set up BYU’s first touchdown. He followed with a 55-yard dart for Puka Nakua that set up another score on the Cougars’ second drive.
BYU took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter after scoring on each of their first three drives. Allgeier accounted for back-to-back touchdowns in that section, scoring twice on 1-yard fourth-down runs.
South Florida put together several long scoring drives in the final three quarters to make a comeback. The Bulls had four scoring drives lasting more than five minutes.
The Bulls eventually made their first touchdown on Xavier Weaver’s 3-yard run from the reverse midway through the third quarter in fourth. USF marched onto the field on each of their next two drives and scored back-to-back touchdowns on short runs by Mungham and reduced the deficit to 35–27 with 5:41 remaining. Mungham’s second TD, capped off a 1-yard run, 19-play, 94-yard drive on fourth down, which burned nine minutes off the clock.
USF did not recover an onside kick, allowing BEU to run the clock on their final drive.
South Florida: When the Bulls unearthed BYU’s defense in the second quarter, they were able to piece together enough long drives to save the Cougars from utter embarrassment. Still, BYU’s inability to defend, especially in the first quarter, proved too much to overcome.
BYU: The Cougars rolled their offense to a victory on the back of a strong start. BYU scored touchdowns on four of five drives in the first half, and it provided enough cushion to face South Florida’s rally in the second half.
BYU should go a few places in the AP Top 25 after closing September with a perfect record.
South Florida visits SMU on Saturdays.
BYU visits state rival Utah State on Friday.
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