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Perfect Wilson helps BYU beat W. Michigan in Potato Bowl

BOISE, Idaho (AP) At the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl pregame press conference Thursday, BYU coach Kalani Sitake set high expectations when asked about how he thought quarterback Zach Wilson would play.

''Perfectly,'' Sitake said jokingly. ''That's what I'm praying for, perfect play from everyone.''

Sitake didn't get it from everyone, but he did from Wilson.

The BYU freshman was 18-of-18 passing for 317 yards and four touchdowns and the Cougars beat Western Michigan 49-18 on Friday.

Selected the game MVP, Wilson tied the NCAA bowl record for completion percentage set by Riley Skinner at 11 for 11 for Wake Forest in the 2008 EagleBank Bowl.

Wilson's 18 straight completions are second-most in an NCAA bowl game behind Georgia's Mike Bobo, who had 19 straight against Wisconsin in the 1998 Outback Bowl.

''I've been trying to let Zach loose for a long time now,'' Sitake said as he patted Wilson on the back. ''I think an aggressive style of offense is what we need. This was really good for us to see that we could win a game when a team commits to stopping the run against us.''

In the first half, BYU (7-6) struggled to sustain momentum offensively and had just 115 yards, despite Wilson completing all eight of his attempts, mostly on short routes. The ground game had a total of 20 yards on 17 carries.

But with BYU down 10-7 at halftime, Sitake unleashed Wilson in the second half.

The Cougars' 28-point third quarter started with an 8-yard pass from Wilson to Dylan Collie. Then, after a 37-yard TD run by Riley Burt, Wilson hit Aleva Hifo on a 70-yard scoring strike.

''I think the bar is set a little too high for the next bowl game,'' Wilson said. ''But I think we proved what we can do as a team and found our offensive identity and discovered what we're good at.''

Despite the record-setting performance, Wilson admitted afterward that he had no idea his day was going so well statistically.

''The game flashes by so quick, and I thought I had at least six or seven incompletions,'' Wilson said. ''That's when you realize the success for a quarterback is based on the team around you.''

Western Michigan (7-6), which was without starting quarterback Jon Wassink due to a foot injury, rolled up 192 yards of offense in the first half with freshman Kaleb Eleby. But the Broncos managed only 41 yards on 18 plays in the decisive third quarter.

''I thought our defense did a great job of keeping us in it,'' Western Michigan coach Tim Lester said. ''Once they got a lead on us, they got after our secondary pretty good. We knew this game was going to be about which quarterback could get into a rhythm, we said that all week, and (Wilson) got comfortable.''

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:07
20-S.Southam extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
18
49
Touchdown 4:12
35-B.El-Bakri runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
8
plays
65
yds
03:25
pos
18
48
Two Point Conversion 7:37
9-K.Eleby complete to 87-J.Reed. 87-J.Reed to BYU End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
18
42
Touchdown 7:40
9-K.Eleby runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
10
plays
65
yds
03:58
pos
16
42
Point After TD 11:38
20-S.Southam extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
42
Touchdown 11:45
11-Z.Wilson complete to 82-D.Milne. 82-D.Milne runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
54
yds
01:46
pos
10
41
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:47
20-S.Southam extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
35
Touchdown 2:51
5-D.Ghanwoloku runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
4
plays
34
yds
01:15
pos
10
34
Point After TD 5:04
20-S.Southam extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
28
Touchdown 5:15
11-Z.Wilson complete to 15-A.Hifo. 15-A.Hifo runs 70 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
63
yds
00:48
pos
10
27
Point After TD 7:29
20-S.Southam extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
21
Touchdown 7:37
34-R.Burt runs 37 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
74
yds
01:27
pos
10
20
Point After TD 13:14
20-S.Southam extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
14
Touchdown 13:20
11-Z.Wilson complete to 3-D.Collie. 3-D.Collie runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
79
yds
00:00
pos
10
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:39
47-G.Peddie 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
51
yds
01:10
pos
10
7
Point After TD 3:07
47-G.Peddie extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 3:19
32-J.Bogan runs 33 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
40
yds
01:48
pos
6
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:20
20-S.Southam extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 2:25
11-Z.Wilson complete to 3-D.Collie. 3-D.Collie runs 26 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
27
yds
00:43
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 16 22
Rushing 6 7
Passing 8 12
Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Conv 8-21 3-6
4th Down Conv 2-4 0-1
Total Net Yards 301 474
Total Plays 76 52
Avg Gain 4.0 9.1
Net Yards Rushing 138 132
Rush Attempts 39 33
Avg Rush Yards 3.5 4.0
Net Yards Passing 163 342
Comp. - Att. 20-37 19-19
Yards Per Pass 4.4 18.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-12 3-16
Penalties - Yards 5-37 6-55
Touchdowns 2 7
Rushing TDs 2 3
Passing TDs 0 4
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 2-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 6-32.0 2-43.5
Return Yards 88 92
Punts - Returns 0-0 2-21
Kickoffs - Returns 5-88 2-45
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-26
Kicking 2/2 7/7
Extra Points 1/1 7/7
Field Goals 1/1 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
W. Michigan 7-6 0100818
BYU 7-6 70281449
163 PASS YDS 342
138 RUSH YDS 132
301 TOTAL YDS 474
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Eleby 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.6% 175 0 1 90.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.6% 1092 4 3 129.9
K. Eleby 20/36 175 0 1
A. Mussat 1 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
A. Mussat 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Bogan 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 62 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
169 764 16
J. Bogan 13 62 1 33
L. Bellamy 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 56 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
205 1228 6
L. Bellamy 15 56 0 9
C. Brown 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
71 352 0
C. Brown 4 15 0 5
K. Eleby 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 5 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
29 -27 3
K. Eleby 7 5 1 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Eskridge 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 61 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
38 776 3
D. Eskridge 2 61 0 54
L. Bellamy 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 45 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 185 1
L. Bellamy 6 45 0 14
K. Watson 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 34 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 330 2
K. Watson 5 34 0 13
C. Brown 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 75 0
C. Brown 3 13 0 6
J. Bogan 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 28 0
J. Bogan 2 10 0 7
J. Hall 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 170 1
J. Hall 1 7 0 7
T. Arnett 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 26 0
T. Arnett 1 5 0 5
G. Ricci 15 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
35 392 3
G. Ricci 0 0 0 0
L. Sanders 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 19 0
L. Sanders 0 0 0 0
J. Reed 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
56 797 8
J. Reed 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Tranquill 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 0.0
J. Tranquill 6-2 0.0 0
C. Moment 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.5
C. Moment 4-1 0.5 0
A. Curtis 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
A. Curtis 3-0 0.0 0
D. Spears 20 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
D. Spears 3-1 0.0 0
S. Claiborne 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
S. Claiborne 3-0 0.0 0
A. Grace 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
A. Grace 3-0 0.0 0
E. Assoua 33 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
E. Assoua 3-0 1.0 0
W. McCabe 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
W. McCabe 2-1 0.0 0
A. Thomas 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 1 0.0
A. Thomas 2-2 0.0 0
R. Holley 53 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. Holley 2-0 0.0 0
H. Taylor 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
H. Taylor 2-1 0.0 0
T. Hayward 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Hayward 1-0 0.0 0
W. French 66 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
W. French 1-1 0.0 0
A. Fayad 57 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.5
A. Fayad 1-3 0.5 0
A. Balabani 58 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Balabani 1-0 0.0 0
T. Motz 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
T. Motz 1-1 0.5 0
C. Riddle 4 QB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Riddle 0-1 0.0 0
K. Guillory 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
K. Guillory 0-1 0.5 0
K. Watson 13 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Watson 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Peddie 47 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
10/13 39/42
G. Peddie 1/1 37 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
N. Mihalic 39 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 32.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
56 37.3 1
N. Mihalic 6 32.0 1 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Brown 28 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 20.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 18.9 25 0
C. Brown 4 20.0 25 0
P. Lupro 4 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
P. Lupro 1 8.0 8 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Z. Wilson 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 317 4 0 321.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.9% 1578 12 3 157.2
Z. Wilson 18/18 317 4 0
T. Mangum 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 41 0 0 444.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61% 1104 5 4 115.1
T. Mangum 1/1 41 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Burt 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 110 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
59 323 2
R. Burt 13 110 1 37
Z. Wilson 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
75 221 2
Z. Wilson 10 23 0 11
Br. El-Bakri 35 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 6 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 6 1
Br. El-Bakri 4 6 1 2
A. Hifo 15 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 129 2
A. Hifo 1 5 0 5
D. Ghanwoloku 5 DB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 1
D. Ghanwoloku 1 1 1 1
T. Allgeier 45 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 49 0
T. Allgeier 3 -11 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Collie 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 124 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 277 3
D. Collie 6 124 2 41
A. Hifo 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 85 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 358 2
A. Hifo 2 85 1 70
N. Pau'u 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 57 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 216 1
N. Pau'u 2 57 0 48
M. Bushman 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 52 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 511 2
M. Bushman 4 52 0 19
D. Holker 32 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 235 1
D. Holker 1 20 0 20
T. Shumway 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 337 3
T. Shumway 2 18 0 13
D. Milne 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 69 1
D. Milne 1 5 1 5
T. Allgeier 45 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -3 0
T. Allgeier 1 -3 0 -3
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Takitaki 16 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-7 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-7 0 1.0
S. Takitaki 12-7 1.0 0
Ad. Pulsipher 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
Ad. Pulsipher 5-0 0.0 0
Br. El-Bakri 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
Br. El-Bakri 4-0 0.0 0
T. Jacobson 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 1 0.0
T. Jacobson 4-2 0.0 0
T. Pili 52 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
T. Pili 4-0 0.0 0
T. Warner 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. Warner 3-0 0.0 0
R. Sandlin 46 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
R. Sandlin 2-0 0.0 0
S. Powell 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
S. Powell 2-1 0.0 0
M. Shelton 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
M. Shelton 2-0 0.0 0
A. Lee 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 2 0.0
A. Lee 2-1 0.0 1
D. Ghanwoloku 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
D. Ghanwoloku 2-1 0.0 0
U. Leiataua 58 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
U. Leiataua 1-0 0.0 0
M. Taliauli 54 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Taliauli 1-0 0.0 0
Z. Dawe 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
Z. Dawe 1-1 0.0 0
L. Fauatea 55 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
L. Fauatea 1-1 1.5 0
K. Ellis 30 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Ellis 1-0 0.0 0
K. Kaluhiokalani 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Kaluhiokalani 1-0 0.0 0
K. Tonga 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
K. Tonga 1-1 0.5 0
M. Criddle 17 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Criddle 1-0 0.0 0
D. Mandell 36 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Mandell 1-0 0.0 0
J. Kaufusi 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Kaufusi 1-0 0.0 0
A. Tofa 57 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. Tofa 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Southam 20 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 7/7
SEASON FG XP
11/16 42/44
S. Southam 0/0 0 7/7 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Almond 26 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 40.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
55 40.3 0
R. Almond 1 40.0 0 40
D. Jones 19 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 47.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
8 38.8 1
D. Jones 1 47.0 1 47
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Jacobson 25 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 22.5 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 20.3 23 0
T. Jacobson 2 22.5 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Shelton 18 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 10.5 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 7.1 15 0
M. Shelton 2 10.5 15 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BYU 35 6:46 15 45 Downs
5:36 WMICH 14 2:28 4 4 Punt
2:20 BYU 35 1:55 6 6 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:31 WMICH 47 2:31 6 14 Punt
5:07 BYU 40 1:48 4 40 TD
1:49 WMICH 29 1:10 10 51 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:14 BYU 35 3:32 8 22 Punt
7:29 BYU 35 0:54 4 0 Fumble
5:04 BYU 35 0:00 3 33 INT
2:47 BYU 35 2:27 12 34 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:38 BYU 35 3:58 10 65 TD
4:07 BYU 35 1:25 4 5 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:30 BYU 20 1:35 4 19 Punt
3:08 WMICH 27 0:43 2 27 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 BYU 22 4:01 9 33 Downs
7:54 BYU 15 2:28 7 25 Fumble
3:07 WMICH 35 1:11 5 12 Punt
0:29 WMICH 35 0:05 2 -10 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:19 WMICH 35 0:00 6 69 TD
9:04 BYU 26 1:27 4 74 TD
6:03 BYU 37 0:48 2 63 TD
4:06 WMICH 32 1:15 4 32 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:31 BYU 46 1:46 4 54 TD
7:37 WMICH 35 3:25 8 65 TD
2:37 BYU 32 1:40 4 23