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Sunday morning quarterback: Stars and Stats from BYU's big win over UMass

Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Harvey Langi (21) celebrates after running for a touchdown, putting BYU up 27-9 after the PAT, during a game against the UMass Minutemen at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.
Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Harvey Langi (21) celebrates after running for a touchdown, putting BYU up 27-9 after the PAT, during a game against the UMass Minutemen at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.
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The BYU Cougars used a dominating second half performance to knock off the UMass Minutemen 51-9 at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Holding on to a five-point lead, BYU outscored the Minutemen 37-0 in the second half to improve to 7-4 on the season.

Scoring recap

Massachusetts went up 6-0 when Andrew Ford found Bernard Davis for a 70-yard touchdown. The defense came up big to give the Minutemen the ball when Tyshaun Ingram recovered a Taysom Hill fumble.

BYU answered on the next possession to take the lead when KJ Hall found the end zone from 11 yards out. Hall was massive on the drive with four carries for 36 yards.

The Minutemen scored for the final time on the day when Logan Laurent connected on a 44-yard field goal for the 9-7 lead. The short drive was set up by a 51-yard kick return from Isaiah Rodgers.

After trading punts, the Cougars took their first lead of the day when Harvey Langi scored on a 5-yard run. Colby Pearson had one of the key plays to keep the chains moving with a 24-yard reception.

BYU extended its lead to 17-9 on a 33-yard field goal from Rhett Almond. Hall had the biggest play of the drive with a 22-yard run to put the Cougars in Minutemen territory.

Almond hit his second field goal of the day from 34 yards as the Cougars jumped out to a 20-9 lead. The drive was set up by Morgan Unga, who blocked a punt to give the Cougars a short field.

Harvey Langi scored his second touchdown off the day on a 2-yard run as BYU pushed the lead to 18 on a drive where the Cougars had to move just 17 yards. Special teams gave the Cougars the excellent field position as Eric Takenaka recovered a fumble on the kickoff.

The defense took its turn coming up with a big play as Francis Bernard intercepted a Ford pass and raced 39 yards for a touchdown.

BYU made it 41-9 when Hill accounted for his first touchdown of the day on a 5-yard run.

Tanner Mangum led the Cougars to their next score as he found Garrett Juergens for a 7-yard touchdown to cap off the 36-yard drive. The defense set up the short field thanks to an interception from Isaiah Armstrong.

After another fumbled kickoff, Rhett Almond hit a 21-yard field goal for the 51-9 BYU lead.

Three stars

3. Harvey Langi

Langi had a huge day, accounting for two touchdowns while carrying the ball 14 times for 56 yards.

2. KJ Hall

Hall had another impressive performance with 18 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown to go along with two catches for 10 yards.

1. Special teams

The special teams were just that, special. The unit came away with a blocked punt and two fumbles to give the offense excellent field position.

Analyzing the stats

The Cougars won just about every major stat. They dominated time of possession 35:18-24:42, outgained the Minutemen 431-328, and won the turnover battle 4-1.

With 81 rushing yards on the day, Hill passed Lakei Heimuli for fifth all-time on the BYU rushing list.

With the win, coach Kalani Sitake is guaranteed a winning record, making him just the fourth coach in school history to accomplish the feat in his first season at the helm. The other three are Edwin Kimball who was 6-3 in 1937, LaVell Edwards who was 7-4 in 1972 and Gary Crowton, who finished 12-2 in 2001.

The BYU running game stepped up again with 247 yards on 49 carries. It is the sixth time on the season that the Cougars have rushed for more than 200 yards.

The 101 yards rushing by Hall marked the sixth time a BYU player crossed the century mark this season. Jamaal Williams has four of those performances while Hill has the other.

Up next

The Utah State Aggies pay the Cougars a visit to round out the regular season. The Aggies are 3-8 on the season after a heartbreaking last-second 38-37 loss to the Nevada Wolf Pack on Saturday night.

Kent Myers leads an offense that is averaging 392.7 yards and 25.2 points a game. He has completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,291 yards and 10 touchdowns while carrying the ball 104 times for 407 yards and six touchdowns.

His favorite target in the passing game is Ron'Quavion Tarver, who has caught 45 passes for 590 yards and three touchdowns.

Rayshad Lewis has also been a solid player for the offense with 456 yards and two touchdowns receiving to go along with 110 yards rushing and another score.

The main weapon in the ground game has been Tonny Lindsey, who has rushed for 716 yards and six touchdowns while averaging 5.1 yards per carry.

Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at jyeomans@deseretdigital.com.