Western Kentucky (2-4) at No. 11 BYU (6-0), Saturday at 10:15 p.m. ET (ESPN).
Line: BYU by 28 1/2.
Series record: First meeting between the two schools.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Zach Wilson and the 11th-ranked Cougars have a chance to accomplish something only three other BYU teams have done — start a season 7-0. The 2001 team, along with the ‘84 and ’79 squads, won their opening seven games. The Cougars are averaging 45 points a game and allowing just 14 heading into the game against 2-4 Western Kentucky. This could be a trap game, given the Cougars face a ranked Boise State team the following week. Western Kentucky’s last win over a ranked team was a 67-66 overtime thriller at No. 19 Marshall in 2014.
Western Kentucky QB Tyrrell Pigrome threw a 4-yard TD pass with 1:21 remaining to help the Hilltoppers beat Chattanooga 13-10 last weekend. Pigrome has seven TD passes this season. He will face a swarming defense led by linebacker Isaiah Kaufusi, who returned an interception 32 yards for a score last Saturday against Texas State.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Western Kentucky: DE DeAngelo Malone has seven tackles for loss and two sacks this season. He also has a forced fumble.
BYU: KR Caleb Christensen has a career-long, 24-yard kickoff return. The Hilltoppers surrendered a kickoff return for a score against Chattanooga last weekend, but officials ruled a member of the return team signaled for a fair catch before the return.
FACTS & FIGURES
Pigrome has 113 pass attempts without an interception. ... Western Kentucky went 9-4 last season and Tyson Helton was named Conference USA coach of the year. ... BYU will wear pink gloves, armbands, towels and other equipment to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. ... The Cougars are 7-5 in games played on Halloween. The Hilltoppers are 8-4. ... BYU has its highest ranking since the 2009 season. ... The Cougars have scored 40 or more points in five of their first six games for the first time in school history. ... Kicker Jake Oldroyd is 6 for 6 on field goals and connected on all 31 extra-point attempts.
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