No other group of teams was as scrambled as the Group of Five Independents for the 2020 season. Faced with conferences eliminating non-conference games and the P5 Independent joining the ACC for the season, teams struggled to find opponents to fill out their schedules.

Connecticut and New Mexico State opted to not play in 2020. UMass delayed the start of their year and ended up only playing four games. The remaining three independents, Brigham Young, Liberty, and Army had remarkable seasons given the amazing amount of flux in their schedules.

BYU ran out to a 9-0 record absolutely dominating their competition. The Cougars averaged nearly 48 points per game in the first nine games and won by an average margin of 34. Only UTSA was able to stay close to BYU in the first nine games. In a hastily prepared game, BYU visited Coastal Carolina and lost 22-17 when receiver Dax Milne was stopped on the 1 yard line on the final play. The Cougars closed their regular season with a win over SDSU.

Liberty’s season began with two one score victories over CUSA teams. It was a subtle start to what quickly became a special season. The Flames went into Syracuse with a 4-0 record and dominated the Orange to move to 5-0 on the season. The Flames beat in-state foe Virginia Tech on a last second 51 yard FG to move to 7-0 on the season. Their streak ended at 8 games when NC State blocked a last second FG to beat the Flames by a single point. The Flames closed the regular season with a win to finish 9-1 heading into bowl season.

Army began with a couple of wins before facing a strong Cincinnati team. The Bearcats handed the Black Knights their first loss 24-10. Army won their next four games before being throttled by Tulane in New Orleans. After winning a tight game against Georgia Southern, the Black Knights captured the Commander-in-Chief trophy by beating Navy and Air Force in their final two games to close the regular season at 9-2.

Each of these three teams went to bowl games, with BYU pounding Central Florida in the Boca Raton Bowl, and Liberty handing Coastal Carolina their first loss in the Cure Bowl. Army played tough, but dropped a close game to West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl. BYU and Liberty finished the season ranked in the Top 25, with Army finishing 28th in the final AP voting.

2020 G5 Independents Final Performance
2020 Final Standings Indp G5
Division/TeamAll Games
Brigham Young1110.917522184
Massachusetts 040.00012161
2020 G5 Independents Team Statistical Leaders
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Team Scoring Offense and Defense
Points Scored Per Game-TotalBrigham Young43.5
Average Game Margin-TotalBrigham Young28.2
Passing Offense
Pass Attempts Per GameBrigham Young31.3
Pass Completions Per GameBrigham Young22.7
Completion PercentageBrigham Young72.5%
Passing Yards Per GameBrigham Young332.7
Passing TDs Per GameBrigham Young2.8
Rushing Offense
Rushing Attempts Per GameArmy59.7
Rushing Yards Per GameArmy272.8
Average Yards Per CarryLiberty5.7
Rushing TDs Per GameArmy3.0
Total Offense
Plays Per GameLiberty71.9
Total Yards Per GameBrigham Young524.1
Average Yards Per PlayBrigham Young7.9
Penalties Per Game (Fewest)Brigham Young4.3
Penalty Yards Per Game (Fewest)Brigham Young36.8
Offense Turnovers
Fumbles Per Game (Fewest)Brigham Young0.4
Interceptions Per Game (Fewest)Brigham Young0.3
Total Turnovers Per Game (Fewest)Brigham Young0.7
Team Scoring Defense
Points Allowed Per Game-TotalArmy14.8
Passing Defense
Completions Allowed Per GameArmy14.4
Passing Yards Allowed Per GameArmy160.8
Passing Completion % Per GameLiberty57.5%
Passing TDs Allowed Per GameBrigham Young, Army1.3
Rushing Defense
Rushing Yards Allowed Per GameArmy114.6
Rushing Yards Per Carry AllowedBrigham Young3.5
Rushing TDs Allowed Per GameArmy0.4
Total Defense
Yards Allowed Per GameArmy275.3
Total Yards Allowed Per PlayBrigham Young4.8
Interceptions Per Game (Most)Army1.2
Fumbles Recovered Per Game (Most)Brigham Young0.6
Total turnovers Forced Per GameArmy1.7
2020 G5 Independents Individual Statistical Leaders
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CompletionsZach WilsonBrigham Young246
Completion %Zach WilsonBrigham Young73.4%
Passing YardsZach WilsonBrigham Young3,699
Passing Yards Per AttZach WilsonBrigham Young11.0
Passing TDsZach WilsonBrigham Young33
Passer EfficiencyZach WilsonBrigham Young196.9
Rushing AttemptsTyler AllgeierBrigham Young150
Rushing YardageTyler AllgeierBrigham Young1,130
Rush Yards Per AttTyler AllgeierBrigham Young7.5
Rushing TDsMalik WillisLiberty14
ReceptionsDax MilneBrigham Young69
Receiving YardsDax MilneBrigham Young1,169
Yards Per ReceptionGunner RomneyBrigham Young19.7
Receiving TDsIsaac RexBrigham Young12
Total Offense
Yards From ScrimmageTyler AllgeierBrigham Young1,304
Total YardsZach WilsonBrigham Young3,953
Total Yards Per PlayZach WilsonBrigham Young9.8
TouchdownsMalik WillisLiberty14
TDs Responsible ForZach WilsonBrigham Young43
Extra Points MadeJake OldroydBrigham Young60
Field Goals MadeAlex Barbir, Jake OldroydLiberty, Brigham Young13
Field Goal PctJake OldroydBrigham Young100.0%
Avg. Punt YardsZach HardingArmy43.3
Solo TacklesIsaiah KaufusiBrigham Young46
Total TacklesIsaiah KaufusiBrigham Young83
Tackles for LossDurrell JohnsonLiberty11
SacksDurrell JohnsonLiberty8.5
InterceptionsJabari MooreArmy3
Passes DefendedEmanuel Dabney, Julian McDuffleLiberty, Army7
Fumbles ForcedIsaiah Kaufusi, Javon ScruggsBrigham Young, Liberty3