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What Tyler Allgeier said after his record-setting day for BYU

Former walk-on from Fontana, California, becomes the fastest Cougar to run for 2,000 yards, reaching the milestone in 316 carries

BYU running back Tyler Allgeier carries the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

PULLMAN, Washington — Tyler Allgeier has had some phenomenal touchdown runs and breakaways jaunts through the course of his BYU football career, but he will never forget the 9-yard gain Saturday that iced BYU’s 21-19 win over Washington State.

“It was pure joy,” he said.

It was the 32nd carry of the day for Allgeier at Martin Stadium and gave him 191 yards, the second-highest single game total of his career.

He credited the offensive line, saying that when the call came in from the sidelines on third-and-8 with 1:48 left that nobody hesitated, perhaps thinking the Cougars should try throwing for the first down.

“Get the first down, just get the first down,” said Allgeier when asked what he was thinking when his number was called.

Even after the Cougars where hit with a false start penalty, only their second penalty of the game, Allgeier figured the offensive line would get it done. With Harris LaChance missing the game entirely and center James Empey leaving in the second quarter with an injury, freshmen Connor Pay and Campbell Barrington filled in admirably.

“I knew we could do it, because we have done it for five, six games, just milking out the clock the last four, five minutes,” Allgeier said. “And with James going down and Connor stepping up, it just showed that we can trust the guys that are second string, third string. It just shows the love on our team.”

Allgeier busted off a 30-yard run in the first quarter that put him over 2,000 rushing yards for his career.

No Cougar in program history has reached the 2,000-yard plateau faster. Allgeier did it in 316 carries. Luke Staley did it in 349 carries and Taysom Hill in 353.

“I thought he played really physical,” BYU coach Kalani Sitake said. “I thought he was punishing some people at the end of runs, saw him lower his shoulder a lot.”

Allgeier confirmed that he was more sore than usual, saying Washington State’s linemen and linebackers brought the wood. Jahad Woods led the red Cougars with 16 tackles.

Having been challenged by Sitake and offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick to run harder and punish would-be tacklers, Allgeier stepped up and delivered.

“As a team, just going through that adversity, we knew we had to step it up,” he said. “It literally shows what a team is like when you are going through that. It shows a lot from our team.”

Allgeier’s 191 yards was the second-most by a BYU RB against a Power Five program ever; Quarterback Hill ran for 259 against Texas in 2013 to set the standard.

It was the third 100-yard performance of the season for Allgeier and ninth of his career.

“I would say this win brings the confidence back up,” he said. “We are acting like we are 0-0 right now, though. We gotta keep the momentum going forward.”

Just like on third-and-8.