Zach to Dax: Milne’s career nights, Wilson keeps BYU No. 14 undefeated with 43-26 win in Houston

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SALT LAKE CITY – Dax Milne caught nine passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns, the third time in four games the junior wide receiver has eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark.None was perhaps bigger than its finishing touch.

Milne’s third touchdown, an 18-yarder for her roommate Zach Wilson with 3:05 left in the fourth quarter, helped the 14th BYU avoid Houston, 43-26, on Friday night at TDECU Stadium in Houston, TX.

Wilson completed 25 of his 35 passes for 400 yards and four touchdowns, and also ran for a record 40 yards on nine carries. Tyler Allgeier ran for 25 yards and a touchdown, and Lopini Katoa added another score for the Cougars, who improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2008.

Faced with a BYU defense missing its two best nose tackles to Khyiris Tonga (illness) and Lorenzo Fauatea (season-ending leg injury), Houston racked up 438 yards of attack – including 310 yards and two touchdowns in the tunes by Cougars quarterback Clayton Tune.

“I feel like the statement we made was that we are a top team,” Wilson said. “Average teams are inconsistent and cannot finish games. But there wasn’t a single one tonight. In every game, in every practice, we knew we could perform to the next drive. The guys had the same mentality, even when adversity strikes.

“I’m so proud of these guys for fighting back. ”

Wilson, whose career-high 400 yards, has thrown at least two touchdown passes in five straight games, which is BYU’s longest streak since Christian Stewart in 2014, statistics and ESPN reports show. . He also engineered an offense to score 40 or more points in four of the Cougars’ first five games – a feat that has not been seen at Provo since 2001.

Beyond Stewart, he draws comparisons to BYU quarterbacks of old – the horny attitude of Steve Young, the off-field charisma of Jim McMahon and the leadership of Robbie Bosco, to name a few. . But on Saturday night, he brought BYU to its best start since Max Hall days – and that is perhaps the comparison he would appreciate the most. Because it’s all about winning, just like Wilson.

BYU quarterback Zach Wilson runs for the touchdown in the first quarter of BYU’s victory over Houston at TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas on Friday, October 16, 2020 (Photo: Jaren Wilkey, BYU Photo)

He also doesn’t need long to find his favorite target – just a play, 19 seconds and 78 yards before putting 7 points on the board thanks to Milne. The former Bingham High standout swept a defender, caught Wilson’s late career on the touchline close behind him and remained intact in the end zone for a 7-3 header.

“This guy is a playmaker,” Wilson said of Milne. “I love this guy. He’s one of my best friends. I’m so happy for him.… I believed in this guy from day one. I always knew he was going to be a great player for us. ”

If it sounded like a play that the two have rehearsed over and over, on the playground or on the training ground, maybe it’s because they’ve been doing it since childhood in the same southern corner of the Salt Lake Valley.

But there is more to come.

“Just as he’s grown so far, I think he just keeps getting stronger and stronger,” Milne said. “It’s fun to be a part of it. ”

Wilson completed his first three passes for 128 yards, then dove for a 4-yard run that saw Katoa dive into the off-tackle goal line for a 14-3 lead BYU took in the first quarter. Gunner Romney was embarrassed, then left the game entirely with a hamstring injury after making just one catch, so Wilson had to rely on his No.1 guy in many situations.

No problem.

“These guys have known each other since they were kids,” said BYU coach Kalani Sitake. “I think they’re just used to being together.… You can see there’s a connection and a rhythm that they have with each other.

Tune pulled his cards out in the second quarter, completing 12 of 13 passes – including eight in a row on one disc – for back-to-back touchdowns that put Houston, 17-14, with 4:42 left in the half.

After calling 11 points early, Houston edged the visiting Cougars, 323-233, in the first period to take a 20-14 lead at the break. Tune completed 15 of 18 passes for 234 yards and two pre-halftime scores for the host Cougars.

He capped a 16-game, 98-yard practice in 6:48 with a 5-yard touchdown. Even though the 2-point conversion pass was intercepted by George Udo, the damage was done – not just with a 26-14 lead, but after hitting nearly halfway through the third quarter.

Wilson capped a five-play, 75-yard practice with a 2-yard touchdown at Milne with 53 seconds left. On the next touchdown, Sitake played with an in-play kick – and Lone Peak’s product Talmage Gunther did a wide open recovery to secure another drive for the attack.

The visiting Cougars kicked off that record, but Houston returned the ball with a shank and 23-yard field, leading to Wilson’s 8-yard shovel pass to Masen Wake (and the 2-point conversion from Allgeier) to regain the lead, 29-26, 10 minutes from time.

The Cougars never lagged behind, scoring the final 29 points of the game with Milne’s third touchdown and Allgeier’s 18-yard loss in the end zone with just under two minutes remaining.

“That one felt good,” Milne said. “I think Houston thought we were going to play it safe, run the ball and try a basket. So when I heard the call of the game, I was really excited; I knew it was a touchdown game, and I just had to do it. my work. I’m just super glad Line and Zach did their job, and we could put the nail in the coffin. ”

Rating summary

First shift

9h53 – HOU: panier du Witherspoon 27

9:34 am – BYU: Dax Milne, 78 pass from Zach Wilson (Oldroyd kick)

16h42 – BYU: Lopini Katoa 1 run (coup de pied Oldroyd)

Second quarter

9:01 am – HOU: Christian Trahan, 20 assists from Clayton Tune (Witherspoon kick)

4:42 – HOU: Nathaniel Dell, 5 assists from Tune (Witherspoon kick)

0:00 – HOU: Witherspoon 49 basket

Halftime – Houston 20, BYU 14

Third quarter

3:05 – HOU: Tune 5 run (failure)

0:56 – BYU: Milne, 2 yard pass from Wilson (Oldroyd kick)

Fourth trimester

10:35 am – BYU: Masen Wake, 8 Wilson shovel pass (Allgeier Pass)

3:06 AM – BYU: Milne, 18 assists from Wilson (Oldroyd kick)

1:40 AM – BYU: Tyler Allgeier, 14 points (Oldroyd kick)

Finale – BYU 43, Houston 26

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