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BYU blows out Wyoming as Hall tosses for 312 yards, 4 TDs

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Max Hall produced some gaudy stats on the way toward an even more impressive number.

The BYU quarterback completed 20 of 22 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns in the Cougars' (No. 25 AP) 52-0 romp over Wyoming on Saturday, putting him one win away from tying the school record.

Hall has 28 career wins, one behind Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer, who played at BYU from 1988-91.

"I plan on winning the next three," Hall said. "Really it's an honor for me to be able to play three years here and to have a chance to be the all-time leader in wins."

The Cougars (7-2, 4-1 Mountain West) shut out Wyoming for the second year in a row and have won six straight against the Cowboys. They beat Wyoming 44-0 last year.

Hall completed throws to seven different receivers before taking a seat midway through the third quarter.

"My numbers were good, but I think that is because the guys around me played well," said Hall, who noted that he has put up similarly impressive numbers when playing video games. "When those guys play well it makes me look good."

Saturday was the most lopsided loss for Wyoming (4-5, 2-3) since 1985 when BYU beat the Cowboys 59-0.

McKay Jacobson, who missed the previous four games with a hamstring injury, caught three passes for 100 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown.

"This whole week I felt good," Jacobson said. "It was just good to get out there and finally play."

Harvey Unga rushed for 85 yards before limping off the field early in the third quarter.

BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said Unga's injury was not serious and he could have returned to the game if necessary.

It wasn't.

The Cougars outgained the Cowboys 543-225. The closest Wyoming came to scoring was just before halftime when it drove down to the BYU 7 but time ran out in the half.

Mendenhall said he was pleased with how his team rebounded after losing to No. 6 TCU in its last game Oct. 24 before an off week.

"We played very clean football and played well from beginning to end," he said. "I was impressed with our team and the preparation of our staff."

Wyoming freshman quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels was 14 of 23 for 108 yards.

It was the third time the Cowboys have been shut out this season under new coach Dave Christensen, a former offensive coordinator at Missouri who was hired in December to revitalize the Cowboys' offense.

"We came out and didn't compete from the beginning to the end of the game," Christensen said. "It is so uncharacteristic of what this group has done the entire season."