The football team lost a few games more than usual this year, finishing with an 8-5 record after multiple seasons with 10 wins or more.
But that doesn’t mean that the season was lacking in exciting moments.
My favorite memory of the season came during the Poinsettia Bowl. The BYU defense had been solid all season, with huge performances against Boise State, Utah State and Notre Dame.
The game had been a defensive battle, with neither team moving the ball well on offense. After three quarters, the score was 6-3 in favor of San Diego State.
Enter Kyle Van Noy.
Van Noy sacked Adam Dingwell, forcing a fumble and jumping on the ball to score the first touchdown of the game. The play was reviewed, and upheld, and BYU had its first lead of the game.
After a touchdown by Jamaal Williams, the Cougars’ freshman running back intercepted a pass by Dingwell and returned the interception for a touchdown.
Twenty-one points in six minutes, with two of the scores coming directly from Van Noy. It was an incredible finish in a season full of great defensive plays.