Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong continued to shine in what has been an historic season on Saturday night against BYU in Provo, Utah.
Whether he will continue with that historic season is now in question.
Armstrong left during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 66-49 loss to the Cougars with an apparent rib injury. After he threw an interception in the fourth quarter, Armstrong grimaced in pain as he walked to the sideline. He pointed to his rib and mouthed “it’s broken” to a Virginia coach.
Whether the injury will cause Armstrong to miss any time was not immediately known after the game. Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall did not have an update on Armstrong’s condition during his postgame press conference but did acknowledge that the Cavaliers may have to adjust their bye week plans and get a new quarterback prepared if Armstrong’s injury sidelines him for any amount of time.
Prior to suffering the injury, Armstrong was spectacular Saturday night.
The junior completed 21-of-33 passes for 337 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. He became Virginia’s all-time single-season passing yardage leader in the game, passing former teammate Bryce Perkins.
With Armstrong under center for the majority of the game, the Wahoos put up impressive numbers, finishing with 588 yards and 49 points.
As gaudy as Virginia's numbers were, BYU’s were better.
Led by a huge night from running back Tyler Allgeier, the Cougars gained 734 yards of offense and scored 66 points. It all started with Allgeier, who gashed the Cavaliers for 266 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
The BYU passing game had a big night as well. Cougars QB Jaren Hall passed for 349 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Hall got started early, capping BYU’s first offensive drive with a two-yard touchdown run. While the Cavaliers struggled to score points early on, the Cougars added two more quick touchdowns — a one-yard Allgeier run and a 26-yard Puca Nakua touchdown catch — to take an early 21-0 lead.
Then Virginia's offense came to life.
Led by Armstrong, the Cavaliers roared back, scoring touchdowns on six consecutive drives. Virginia outscored BYU 42-17 over the remainder of the first half to take a 42-38 lead into halftime.
Virginia’s scorching scoring pace did not continue in the second half.
The Cavaliers were limited to just seven point after halftime and committed two turnovers that allowed BYU to pull ahead. The first of those giveaways came on a fourth quarter fumble from running back Wayne Taulapapa, who went down with an injury on the play and did not return.
Following Taulapapa’s fumble, Allgeier scored on a 31-yard touchdown run, his fourth score of the night, to give BYU a 59-49 lead.
Armstrong was injured on Virginia’s ensuing drive, which ended with his second interception of the night. Following Armstrong's interception, Allgeier put an exclamation point on the win with a four-yard touchdown run with 7:12 remaining to provide the final margin.
BYU outscored Virginia 21-0 in the fourth quarter, turning what had been a competitive game into a double-digit victory.
The Cavaliers now head into their bye week with an abundance of uncertainty.
Three games remain in the season. A Coastal Division title is in play.