BYU completed an improbable run to another AP Top 25 finish by going 5-0 against the PAC-12 including a win over PAC-12 Champ Utah.  The Cougars season was somewhat soured by an upset loss to BYU in the Independence Bowl, but it did not diminish their accomplishments in their 10-3 season.  In addition to BYU, Army and Liberty also enjoyed solid seasons, both ending with big bowl wins.   

Coming off last year’s 10-1 and 17th place finish in the final AP poll, expectations were sky high for Liberty.   However, after a hot 5-1 start (including a 3-point road loss to Syracuse), the Flames hit a rough stretch.  An unexpected loss to UL Monroe was followed by two victories before a turnover plagued streak of three consecutive losses put the Flames at 7-5 entering their bowl game.  They responded with a resounding win over Eastern Michigan to close an 8-5 campaign. 

Similarly, Army was coming off a strong 2020 season (9-3) and looking to accomplish even more in 2021.  A 4-0 start showed promise, but the Black Knights stumbled dropping three consecutive games, including a wild 70-56 loss to #16 Wake Forest.    Army rallied for 4 straight wins before a demoralizing season-ending loss to Navy in their annual meeting.   But the Black Knights once again showed their resolve, topping P5 Missouri 24-22 in the Armed Forces Bowl. 

2021 G5 Independents Final Performance
2021 Final Standings Indp G5
Division/TeamAll Games
Brigham Young1030.769430322
New Mexico State2100.167271485
Massachusetts 1110.083196517
2021 G5 Independents Team Statistical Leaders
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Team Scoring Offense and Defense
Points Scored Per Game-TotalLiberty            33.6
Average Game Margin-TotalLiberty            12.1
Points Scored Per Game-Conf  
Average Game Margin – Conf  
Passing Offense
Pass Attempts Per GameNew Mexico State43.2
Pass Completions Per GameNew Mexico State24.7
Completion PercentageBrigham Young65.1
Passing Yards Per GameNew Mexico State269.4
Passing TDs Per GameLiberty2.5
Rushing Offense
Rushing Attempts Per GameArmy58.3
Rushing Yards Per GameArmy281.1
Average Yards Per CarryBrigham Young5.1
Rushing TDs Per GameArmy3.5
Total Offense
Plays Per GameNew Mexico State74
Total Yards Per GameBrigham Young452.5
Average Yards Per PlayBrigham Young6.8
Penalties Per Game (Fewest)Army3.8
Penalty Yards Per Game (Fewest)Army36.8
Offense Turnovers
Fumbles Per Game (Fewest)Army0.4
Interceptions Per Game (Fewest)Army0.2
Total Turnovers Per Game (Fewest)Army0.6
Team Scoring Defense
Points Allowed Per Game-TotalLiberty21.5
Points Allowed Per Game-Conf  
Passing Defense
Completions Allowed Per GameLiberty15.4
Passing Yards Allowed Per GameLiberty180.3
Passing Completion % Per GameLiberty56.5
Passing TDs Allowed Per GameLiberty1.1
Rushing Defense
Rushing Yards Allowed Per GameArmy118.2
Rushing Yards Per Carry AllowedLiberty3.5
Rushing TDs Allowed Per GameLiberty1.5
Total Defense
Yards Allowed Per GameLiberty320.2
Total Yards Allowed Per PlayLiberty4.8
Interceptions Per Game (Most)Brigham Young1.2
Fumbles Recovered Per Game (Most)New Mexico State0.8
Total turnovers Forced Per GameNew Mexico State1.7
2020 G5 Independents Individual Statistical Leaders
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CompletionsJonah JohnsonNew Mexico State257
Completion %Jaren HallBYU63.9%
Passing YardsMalik WillisLiberty2,857
Passing Yards Per AttJaren HallBYU8.7
Passing TDsMalik WillisLiberty27
Passer EfficiencyJaren HallBYU156.1
Rushing AttemptsTyler AllgeierBYU276
Rushing YardageTyler AllgeierBYU1606
Rush Yards Per AttChristian AndersonArmy5.8
Rushing TDsTyler AllgeierBYU23
ReceptionsDemario DouglasLiberty52
Receiving YardsPuka NacuaBYU805
Yards Per ReceptionPuka NacuaBYU18.7
Receiving TDsCJ DanielsLiberty7
Total Offense
Yards From ScrimmageTyler AllgeierBYU1,805
Total YardsMalik WillisLiberty3,735
Total Yards Per Play
TouchdownsTyler AllgeierBYU23
TDs Responsible ForMalik WillisLiberty40
Extra Points MadeCole TalleyArmy44
Field Goals MadeEthan AlbertsonNew Mexico St17
Field Goal PctEthan AlbertsonNew Mexico St77.30%
Avg. Punt YardsRyan RehkowBYU48.6
Solo TacklesStorey Jackson, Ben BywaterLiberty, BYU57
Total TacklesJackson MitchellConnecticut114
Tackles for LossAndre Carter IIArmy17
SacksAndre Carter IIArmy14.5
InterceptionsSyrus Dumas, Malik Moore, DJ McCullough, Jakob RobinsonNew Mexico State, BYU, New Mexico State, BYU3
Passes DefendedJosh Wallace, Kaleb HayesUmass, BYU11
Fumbles ForcedAndre Carter IIArmy4