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Brigham Young 55, Navy 3

ANNAPOLIS, Md. BYU coach Kalani Sitake did a fine job of keeping his players safe from COVID-19 while getting them ready to open a new football season.

Ken Niumatalolo wished he could have done the same thing at Navy.

Tyler Allgeier ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns, and the Cougars put the clamps on Navy's usually potent triple option in a season-opening 55-3 rout Monday night inside an eerily empty stadium at the Naval Academy.

BYU scored touchdowns on each of its first two possessions, led 31-0 at halftime and coasted to its most lopsided victory since a 70-6 blowout of Wagner in October 2015.

"We knew we had to be physical up front, tackle well and block well on offense," Sitake said. "All of camp, our offense was doing this - and it made our defense better."

Niumatalolo, on the other hand, put most of his emphasis in camp at doing whatever it took to keep his players safe from the coronavirus. That approach proved costly in the opener.

"Boy, that game was 1000 percent my fault," Niumatalolo said. "Obviously, we weren't prepared. One team was playing football. There's nobody to blame but myself. I erred on the side of trying to keep our guys safe. I'd say it's the worst Navy football game we ever played."

Also, the weirdest.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event had none of the pageantry and atmosphere usually associated with a football game at Navy. There were no lavish tailgates in the parking lot, no flyover before the opening kickoff, the Brigade of Midshipmen was not allowed in the stadium and the 34,000 seats remained vacant due to restrictions ordered by the state of Maryland.

It took some doing to make this game happen. The Midshipmen were originally scheduled to open against Notre Dame and the Cougars were supposed to play Utah, but both those games got scrapped. So the athletic directors of Navy and BYU arranged this matchup, which marked the first time since 1989 these schools played each other.

With no one in the stands and no cheerleaders on the sideline, all the noise was made by the players - especially those in front of the Cougars bench. The offense yelled when the defense repeatedly stuffed Navy's bid to move the ball, and the defense roared as Allgeier, Lopini Katoa and quarterback Zach Wilson moved downfield at will.

Allgeier averaged 9.4 yards per carry, Katoa ran for 80 yards and scored twice, and Wilson went 13 for 18 for 232 yards with two touchdowns before leaving in the third quarter.

Navy went 11-2 last year and led the nation in rushing, averaging 360.5 yards per game with Malcolm Perry running the offense. Perry is now with the Dolphins, and his successor at quarterback, senior Dalen Morris, rushed for two yards on seven carries before being pulled with the score 38-0.

"We challenged our team to be physical and I'm glad that showed up," Sitake said. "It was just a great thing to see as a head coach."

BYU finished with 580 yards and Navy could muster only 149 - the second-lowest total in Niumatalolo's 13 years at the school. It was also the team's most lopsided defeat under his direction.

"You ever see us play like that before? You hope that it doesn't turn out like that, but there was a lot of concern," Niumatalolo said. "The last time we tackled anybody was the bowl game, nine months ago. I made a decision on the safety side of it, and we were weren't prepared."

The contrast in the teams was demonstrated during the first two series. Navy ran three times before punting, and on the Cougars' first play, Wilson launched long pass to Gunner Romney that fell incomplete.

That loosened up the Navy defense, which offered little resistance during a seven-play, 74-yard drive that ended on a 34-yard run by Allgeier.

After another three and out by the Midshipmen, Katoa ran for a 39-yard TD for a 14-0 lead.

The 31-0 deficit at halftime was Navy's largest at home since trailing by the same score against Connecticut in 2002.

THE TAKEAWAY

BYU: The Cougars were adept running the ball, efficient passing and dominant defensively. It was almost a flawless performance, one that bodes well for a team looking to sweep an eight-game schedule that includes North Alabama, Texas State, Troy and Western Kentucky.

Navy: Niumatalolo must find a way to keep his players safe while working on tackling, blocking and other such fundamentals. The Midshipmen has thus far avoided a major coronavirus scare, but they're not playing football very well.

UP NEXT

BYU faces another service academy, Army, on the road Sept. 19.

Navy opens play in the American Athletic Conference at Tulane on Sept. 19.

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  BYU Navy
First downs 28 7
  Rushing 15 6
  Passing 12 1
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 6-11, 55% 2-11, 18%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 49-301 39-119
Passing Yards 279 30
Return Yards 36 41
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-22-1 4-8-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 5--29
Punts 1 7
Punts-Average 56 34.9
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties - Yards 1-5 6-54
Time of Possession 37:20 22:40
BYU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
Z. Wilson 13 18 232 2 1
B. Romney 3 4 47 0 0
Navy Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Morris 2 4 16 0 0
P. Olsen 2 4 14 0 0
BYU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Allgeier 14 132 9.4 2
L. Katoa 10 80 8.0 2
J. McChesney 11 56 5.1 1
D. Milne 3 27 9.0 0
Z. Wilson 2 7 3.5 0
C. Wester 1 4 4.0 0
T. Gunther 1 4 4.0 0
T. Fall 1 2 2.0 0
C. Jackson 1 0 0.0 0
B. Romney 1 -2 -2.0 0
N. Pau'u 2 -3 -1.5 0
Navy Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Fells 3 55 18.3 0
J. Carothers 9 28 3.1 0
P. Olsen 10 25 2.5 0
N. Smith 5 18 3.6 0
D. Morris 7 2 0.3 0
M. Walker 1 2 2.0 0
J. Smith 1 0 0.0 0
C. Warren 2 -10 -5.0 0
BYU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
G. Romney 4 134 33.5 1
N. Pau'u 3 38 12.7 0
D. Milne 3 35 11.7 0
L. Katoa 3 32 10.7 1
K. Hill 1 22 22.0 0
C. Jackson 1 13 13.0 0
M. Wake 1 5 5.0 0
Navy Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Walker 2 20 10.0 0
M. Fells 1 6 6.0 0
D. High 1 4 4.0 0
BYU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Navy Interceptions
Player Int Yards
E. Fochtman 1 9
BYU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Rehkow 1 56 56.0
Navy Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Davies 7 244 34.9
BYU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Milne 1 -2 -2.0
Navy Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Walker 1 12 12.0
BYU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Christensen 2 38 19.0
Navy Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Warren 1 20 20.0
BYU Missed FG
Player Length
Navy Missed FG
Player Length


4th Quarter
1st&10 at Navy 10 (0:28) TEAM rush to Navy9 for -1 yards
4th&6 at Navy 7 TEAM rush to Navy10 for -3 yards
3rd&3 at Navy 4 TEAM rush to Navy7 for -3 yards
3rd&3 at Navy 4 BYU Cougars timeout.
2nd&2 at Navy 3 Jackson McChesney rush to Navy4 for -1 yards
1st&10 at Navy 11 Jackson McChesney rush to Navy3 for 8 yards
3rd&2 at Navy 15 Chase Wester rush to Navy11 for 4 yards
2nd&4 at Navy 17 Terence Fall rush to Navy15 for 2 yards
1st&10 at Navy 23 Jackson McChesney rush to Navy17 for 6 yards
2nd&9 at Navy 38 Jackson McChesney rush to Navy23 for 15 yards
1st&10 at Navy 39 (6:30) Jackson McChesney rush to Navy38 for 1 yard
1st&10 at Navy 38 Perry Olsen rush to Navy38 for no gain. Perry Olsen FUMBLES (FF-Drew Jensen), recovered at Navy39 by Morgan Pyper RETURNED for 0 yards.
2nd&3 at Navy 32 Perry Olsen rush to Navy38 for 6 yards
1st&10 at Navy 25 (7:26) Nelson Smith rush to Navy32 for 7 yards
Kickoff Jake Oldroyd kicks 65 yards from BYU35 to Navy0, TOUCHBACK.
Extra Point AttemptBYU 55-3 Jake Oldroyd extra point is GOOD.
1st&9 at Navy 9BYU 54-3 Jackson McChesney rush for 9 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
2nd&3 at Navy 12 Jackson McChesney rush to Navy9 for 3 yards
1st&10 at Navy 19 Jackson McChesney rush to Navy12 for 7 yards
3rd&8 at Navy 41 Baylor Romney pass to Keanu Hill to Navy19 for 22 yards
2nd&6 at Navy 39 Baylor Romney rush to Navy41 for -2 yards
1st&10 at Navy 43 (11:15) Talmage Gunther rush to Navy39 for 4 yards
4th&23 at Navy 10 Daniel Davies punts 31 yards to Navy41, Dax Milne returns to Navy43 for -2 yards
4th&18 at Navy 15 Navy-PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
3rd&7 at Navy 26 Perry Olsen sacked at Navy15 for -11 yards
2nd&15 at Navy 18 Myles Fells rush to Navy26 for 8 yards
1st&10 at Navy 23 (13:24) Perry Olsen sacked at Navy18 for -5 yards
4th&2 at BYU 33 Ryan Rehkow punts 56 yards to Navy11, Mark Walker returns to Navy23 for 12 yards
3rd&3 at BYU 32 Jackson McChesney rush to BYU33 for 1 yard
2nd&3 at BYU 32 Jackson McChesney rush to BYU32 for no gain
3rd Quarter
1st&10 at BYU 25 (0:54) Jackson McChesney rush to BYU32 for 7 yards
Kickoff Ben Fee kicks 61 yards from Navy35 to BYU4, Caleb Christensen returns to BYU25 for 21 yards
4th&9 at BYU 31BYU 48-3 Bijan Nichols 48 yard field goal is GOOD.
3rd&13 at BYU 35 Perry Olsen pass to Devon High to BYU31 for 4 yards
2nd&10 at BYU 32 Perry Olsen rush to BYU35 for -3 yards
1st&10 at BYU 32 Perry Olsen incomplete pass intended for Mark Walker
1st&10 at Navy 35 Myles Fells rush to BYU32 for 33 yards
1st&10 at Navy 25 (3:09) Perry Olsen pass to Mark Walker to Navy35 for 10 yards
Kickoff Jake Oldroyd kicks 65 yards from BYU35 to Navy0, TOUCHBACK.
4th&10 at Navy 17BYU 48-0 Jake Oldroyd 34 yard field goal is GOOD.
3rd&15 at Navy 22 Tyler Allgeier rush to Navy17 for 5 yards
2nd&15 at Navy 22 Baylor Romney incomplete pass intended for Tyler Allgeier
1st&10 at Navy 17 Tyler Allgeier rush to Navy22 for -5 yards
2nd&2 at Navy 30 Baylor Romney pass to Chris Jackson to Navy17 for 13 yards
1st&10 at Navy 38 Lopini Katoa rush to Navy30 for 8 yards
1st&10 at Navy 50 (6:15) Baylor Romney pass to Lopini Katoa to Navy38 for 12 yards
4th&22 at Navy 13 Daniel Davies punts 37 yards to BYU50, Out of Bounds
Penalty Navy-Myles Fells PENALIZED -12 yards for Illegal Block
3rd&8 at Navy 27 Perry Olsen sacked at Navy25 for -2 yards
2nd&10 at Navy 25 Perry Olsen rush to Navy27 for 2 yards
1st&10 at Navy 25 (7:10) Perry Olsen incomplete pass intended for Mychal Cooper
Kickoff Jake Oldroyd kicks 65 yards from BYU35 to Navy0, TOUCHBACK.
Extra Point AttemptBYU 45-0 Jake Oldroyd extra point is GOOD.
1st&10 at Navy 17BYU 44-0 Tyler Allgeier rush for 17 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at BYU 40 Zach Wilson pass to Gunner Romney to Navy17 for 43 yards
2nd&5 at BYU 25 Dax Milne rush to BYU40 for 15 yards
1st&10 at BYU 20 (9:15) Tyler Allgeier rush to BYU25 for 5 yards
4th&4 at BYU 22 Mark Walker rush to BYU20 for 2 yards
3rd&8 at BYU 26 Perry Olsen rush to BYU22 for 4 yards
2nd&8 at BYU 26 Justin Smith rush to BYU26 for no gain
1st&10 at BYU 28 Perry Olsen rush to BYU26 for 2 yards
1st&10 at Navy 41 Perry Olsen rush to BYU28 for 31 yards
3rd&1 at Navy 37 Jamale Carothers rush to Navy41 for 4 yards
2nd&4 at Navy 34 Jamale Carothers rush to Navy37 for 3 yards
1st&10 at Navy 28 (13:05) Jamale Carothers rush to Navy34 for 6 yards
Kickoff Jake Oldroyd kicks 57 yards from BYU35 to Navy8, Chance Warren returns to Navy28 for 20 yards
Extra Point AttemptBYU 38-0 Jake Oldroyd extra point is GOOD.
2nd&10 at Navy 45BYU 37-0 Zach Wilson pass to Gunner Romney for 45 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at Navy 45 Chris Jackson rush to Navy45 for no gain
2nd&5 at BYU 22 Zach Wilson pass to Gunner Romney to Navy45 for 33 yards
1st&10 at BYU 17 (15:00) Lopini Katoa rush to BYU22 for 5 yards
Kickoff Ben Fee kicks 65 yards from Navy35 to BYU0, Caleb Christensen returns to BYU17 for 17 yards
2nd Quarter
1st&10 at Navy 25 (0:08) Jamale Carothers rush to Navy26 for 1 yard
Kickoff Jake Oldroyd kicks 65 yards from BYU35 to Navy0, TOUCHBACK.
Extra Point AttemptBYU 31-0 Jake Oldroyd extra point is GOOD.
1st&1 at Navy 1BYU 30-0 Lopini Katoa rush for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN
2nd&10 at Navy 20 Zach Wilson pass to Neil Pau'u to Navy1 for 19 yards
1st&10 at Navy 20 Zach Wilson incomplete pass intended for Gunner Romney
1st&10 at Navy 33 Zach Wilson pass to Gunner Romney to Navy20 for 13 yards
4th&1 at Navy 36 Zach Wilson rush to Navy33 for 3 yards
3rd&1 at Navy 36 Lopini Katoa rush to Navy36 for no gain
2nd&1 at Navy 36 Zach Wilson incomplete pass intended for Gunner Romney
2nd&1 at Navy 36 BYU Cougars timeout.
1st&15 at Navy 50 Zach Wilson pass to Neil Pau'u to Navy36 for 14 yards
1st&10 at Navy 45 BYU-Isaac Rex PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
2nd&6 at BYU 48 Zach Wilson pass to Dax Milne to Navy45 for 7 yards
1st&10 at BYU 44 (2:43) Zach Wilson rush to BYU48 for 4 yards
4th&19 at Navy 16 Daniel Davies punts 40 yards to BYU44, Dax Milne Fair Catch
3rd&22 at Navy 13 Nelson Smith rush to Navy16 for 3 yards
Penalty Navy-Luca Fratianne PENALIZED -12 yards for Illegal Block
2nd&13 at Navy 22 Nelson Smith rush to Navy25 for 3 yards
1st&10 at Navy 25 (5:00) Dalen Morris sacked at Navy22 for -3 yards
Kickoff Jake Oldroyd kicks 65 yards from BYU35 to Navy0, TOUCHBACK.
4th&5 at Navy 5BYU 24-0 Jake Oldroyd 22 yard field goal is GOOD.
3rd&10 at Navy 10 Zach Wilson pass to Lopini Katoa to Navy5 for 5 yards
2nd&4 at Navy 4 Neil Pau'u rush to Navy10 for -6 yards
1st&7 at Navy 7 Tyler Allgeier rush to Navy4 for 3 yards
2nd&5 at Navy 16 Dax Milne rush to Navy7 for 9 yards
1st&10 at Navy 21 Zach Wilson pass to Neil Pau'u to Navy16 for 5 yards
2nd&6 at Navy 30 Lopini Katoa rush to Navy21 for 9 yards
1st&10 at Navy 34 Tyler Allgeier rush to Navy30 for 4 yards
3rd&2 at Navy 40 Tyler Allgeier rush to Navy34 for 6 yards
2nd&5 at Navy 43 Neil Pau'u rush to Navy40 for 3 yards
1st&10 at Navy 48 (11:36) Zach Wilson pass to Masen Wake to Navy43 for 5 yards
4th&1 at Navy 48 Dalen Morris rush to Navy48 for no gain
3rd&11 at Navy 38 Dalen Morris pass to Mark Walker to Navy48 for 10 yards
2nd&9 at Navy 40 Dalen Morris rush to Navy38 for -2 yards
1st&10 at Navy 39 Jamale Carothers rush to Navy40 for 1 yard
1st&10 at Navy 25 (13:31) Myles Fells rush to Navy39 for 14 yards
Kickoff Jake Oldroyd kicks 65 yards from BYU35 to Navy0, TOUCHBACK.
Extra Point AttemptBYU 21-0 Jake Oldroyd extra point is GOOD.
2nd&1 at Navy 15BYU 20-0 Zach Wilson pass to Lopini Katoa for 15 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at Navy 24 Tyler Allgeier rush to Navy15 for 9 yards
3rd&2 at BYU 47 Tyler Allgeier rush to Navy24 for 29 yards
1st Quarter
2nd&5 at BYU 44 Lopini Katoa rush to BYU47 for 3 yards
1st&10 at BYU 39 Lopini Katoa rush to BYU44 for 5 yards
1st&10 at BYU 39 BYU Cougars timeout.
1st&10 at BYU 22 Zach Wilson pass to Dax Milne to BYU39 for 17 yards
2nd&5 at BYU 16 Tyler Allgeier rush to BYU22 for 6 yards
1st&10 at BYU 11 (2:45) Tyler Allgeier rush to BYU16 for 5 yards
4th&19 at BYU 42 Daniel Davies punts 31 yards to BYU11, Dax Milne Fair Catch
3rd&19 at BYU 42 Dalen Morris incomplete pass intended for Myles Fells
2nd&25 at BYU 48 Dalen Morris pass to Myles Fells to BYU42 for 6 yards
1st&10 at BYU 33 (3:47) Chance Warren sacked at BYU41 for -8 yards. Chance Warren FUMBLES (FF-Isaiah Kaufusi), recovered at BYU48 by Sean Rattay RETURNED for 0 yards.
1st&10 at BYU 26 (3:59) Zach Wilson pass intercepted by Evan Fochtman RETURNED from BYU42 for 9 yards.
4th&6 at Navy 42 Daniel Davies punts 32 yards to BYU26, Dax Milne Fair Catch
4th&6 at Navy 42 Navy Midshipmen timeout.
3rd&8 at Navy 40 Nelson Smith rush to Navy42 for 2 yards
2nd&12 at Navy 36 Dalen Morris rush to Navy40 for 4 yards
1st&15 at Navy 33 Nelson Smith rush to Navy36 for 3 yards
1st&10 at Navy 38 Navy-Jamale Carothers PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
3rd&2 at Navy 33 Jamale Carothers rush to Navy38 for 5 yards
2nd&5 at Navy 30 Jamale Carothers rush to Navy33 for 3 yards
1st&10 at Navy 25 (7:16) Chance Warren rush to Navy30 for 5 yards
Kickoff Jake Oldroyd kicks 65 yards from BYU35 to Navy0, TOUCHBACK.
Extra Point AttemptBYU 14-0 Jake Oldroyd extra point is GOOD.
1st&10 at Navy 39BYU 13-0 Lopini Katoa rush for 39 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
2nd&8 at Navy 50 Zach Wilson pass to Dax Milne to Navy39 for 11 yards
1st&10 at BYU 48 (8:43) Lopini Katoa rush to Navy50 for 2 yards
4th&10 at Navy 25 Daniel Davies punts 27 yards to BYU48, Out of Bounds
3rd&9 at Navy 26 Dalen Morris rush to Navy25 for -1 yards
2nd&9 at Navy 26 Dalen Morris incomplete pass intended for Myles Fells
1st&10 at Navy 25 (10:07) Dalen Morris rush to Navy26 for 1 yard
Kickoff Jake Oldroyd kicks 65 yards from BYU35 to Navy0, TOUCHBACK.
Extra Point AttemptBYU 7-0 Jake Oldroyd extra point is GOOD.
1st&10 at Navy 34BYU 6-0 Tyler Allgeier rush for 34 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
Penalty Navy-Kevin Brennan PENALIZED 15 yards for Face Mask
3rd&5 at BYU 42 Tyler Allgeier rush to Navy49 for 9 yards
2nd&10 at BYU 37 Tyler Allgeier rush to BYU42 for 5 yards
1st&10 at BYU 37 Zach Wilson incomplete pass intended for Gunner Romney
3rd&2 at BYU 34 Dax Milne rush to BYU37 for 3 yards
2nd&10 at BYU 26 Lopini Katoa rush to BYU34 for 8 yards
1st&10 at BYU 26 (12:56) Zach Wilson incomplete pass intended for Gunner Romney
4th&7 at Navy 28 Daniel Davies punts 46 yards to BYU26, Downed
3rd&10 at Navy 25 Dalen Morris rush to Navy28 for 3 yards
2nd&13 at Navy 22 Jamale Carothers rush to Navy25 for 3 yards
Penalty Navy-PENALIZED -5 yards for Illegal Shift
1st&10 at Navy 25 (15:00) Jamale Carothers rush to Navy27 for 2 yards
Kickoff Jake Oldroyd kicks 61 yards from BYU35 to Navy4, Chance Warren Fair Catch

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September 7, 2020


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