AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Zach Wilson threw for 293 yards and four touchdowns, Jackson McChesney ran for 228 yards and two scores and BYU amassed 628 yards of offense in beating UMass 56-24 on Saturday.
BYU (7-4) led 49-0 of at halftime after gaining 440 total yards, the fourth most in any half in program history. McChesney’s 228 rushing yards are the most by a BYU freshman and the sixth most in school history.
McChesney (15 carries) ran for two TDs and had a 62-yard romp in the third quarter, the Cougars’ longest run of the year. Lopini Katoa and Aleva Hifo also ran for scores.
Wilson was 17 of 20, with TD passes to Tyler Allgeier, Katoa, Guner Romney and Talon Shumway, who had four catches for 92 yards. Tight end Matt Bushman had two catches for 36 yards, including the 112th catch of his career.
JJ Nwigwe’s interception of a Randall West pass set up Wilson’s 18-yard TD toss to Romney for a 42-0 lead. Dayan Ghanwoloku recovered his seventh career fumble, setting up Allgeier’s 3-yard TD run.
West was 15-of-21 passing for 131 yards for UMass (1-11), with TD passes to Zak Simon and Josiah Johnson. Bilal Ally, 127 yards on 26 carries, scored on a 46-yard run and Cooper Garcia kicked a 29-yard field goal.