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BYU baptizes Navy 55-3

The Midshipmen decided not to hit in practice until their first game. It might have been the safest decision for the players, but it showed on the scoreboard.

Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson attempts a pass against the Navy Midshipmen during the first half at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Somehow, it actually could have been worse.

The BYU Cougars entered as a -1 favorite over the Navy Midshipmen on Monday night with a national audience and as the only football game on TV. And the Cougars took advantage of the national spotlight with a 55-3 victory in Annapolis.

BYU rushed 49 times for 301 yards, going wherever they wanted with a zone running scheme executed to perfection. There was no question who the best team was from the first snap of the game, and what was expected by the bookmakers to be a close one turned into a laugher before the first half was over.

BYU quarterback Zach Wilson was 13/18 for 232 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Navy starter Dalen Morris struggled at just 2/4 for 16 yards, and seven rushes for just two yards before being pulled for backup Perry Olsen.

The decision of Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo to not have his players hit each other in practice for health reasons showed an obvious downside on the field. The Mids were blown off the ball both offensively and defensively all night. If they’re to have any chance to compete this season, it’s clear they’ll need to put on pads in practice.

BYU (1-0) heads to West Point takes on Navy’s rival Army (1-0) on September 19th, while Navy (0-1) will go to New Orleans to take on Tulane in their American Conference opener.

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