Jaren Corridor had 211 of his 312 yards passing within the first half, Jakob Robinson picked off two passes within the second half and No. 14 BYU beat Georgia Southern 34-17 on Saturday night time.
Tyler Allgeier, the nation’s seventh-leading rusher, completed with 126 yards on 26 carries to assist the Cougars (9-2) win their fourth straight recreation.
Earlier than a close to capability crowd at 25,000-seat Paulson Stadium, Georgia Southern (3-8) fell quick in its try and beat the highest-ranked group to go to Statesboro. The Eagles had performed eight earlier video games in opposition to ranked opponents, beating Appalachian State in 2018 and 2019.
It was the primary assembly between BYU and Georgia Southern.
Robinson picked off Amare Jones’ move with a diving catch late within the third and intercepted Connor Cigelske, taking his first snaps as Georgia Southern’s quarterback, early within the fourth. Robinson’s second choose was a sensational over-the-shoulder catch on the sideline, organising Puka Nacua’s 29-yard catch within the left nook of the top zone and a 34-17 lead.
Corridor has handed for not less than 300 yards in 4 of his final 5 video games.
The Cougars went up 27-17 early within the third because of a number of missed tackles by the Eagles and a 1-yard run by Allgeier. That gave Allgeier 18 speeding touchdowns. He started the sport tied for the nationwide lead.
Jake Oldroyd kicked a pair of area targets halfway by way of the second and within the closing seconds earlier than halftime to make it 20-17 BYU at intermission.
The Eagles pulled inside 4 early within the second. Logan Wright caught a 19-yard move and a 10-yarder earlier than operating in from three yards out.
After BYU failed on a fourth-down strive from the Georgia Southern 43, the Eagles went forward 17-14 on Wright’s 11-yard run off proper guard.
BYU took a 7-3 lead on its opening drive. Corridor accomplished his first move of the sport, overlaying 14 yards, and the Cougars transformed a fourth down earlier than Lopini Katoa ran in from 5 yards out.
Nacua caught a 42-yard move on a deep put up route over the center and Allgeier broke off a 14-yard run to spark BYU’s second drive, which ended with Nacua’s 5-yard landing catch and a 14-3 lead within the first seconds of the second quarter.
The Cougars misplaced linebacker Max Tooley, their main tackler on the time with 4 solo stops, to an ejection for focusing on halfway by way of the second. Nacua went down with an damage a couple of snaps later however he returned within the third. Nacua’s momentary loss was additional exacerbated by the damage final week to standout receiver Neal Pau’u, who will miss subsequent week’s recreation, too.
BYU: The Cougars are bowl eligible for the sixteenth time within the final 17 seasons and fifth in six seasons below coach Kalani Sitake. BYU, an impartial certain for the Huge 12 in 2023, performed a Solar Belt Convention group for the fourth time. Final season the Cougars beat Troy and Texas State however misplaced to Coastal Carolina.
Georgia Southern: Beginning quarterback Justin Tomlin didn’t play due to a concussion sustained in final week’s win at Texas State. The second-string QB, Cam Ransom, was out with a shoulder damage. That left Cigelske and Jones taking turns below middle early within the recreation earlier than Cigelske took the majority of the snaps.
The victory doubtless received’t imply an increase within the High 25. BYU was a 19 ½-point favourite and was anticipated to manhandle the Eagles.
The faculties agreed to a home-and-home format in 2017. Georgia Southern is slated to go to to Provo in 2024, however that recreation could possibly be in limbo with BYU headed to the Huge 12 in 2023.
BYU: At Southern California on Saturday because the Cougars attempt to enhance to 5-0 in opposition to the Pac-12.
Georgia Southern: At Appalachian State on Saturday.