With their entertaining, high-scoring offense of the previous century, the BYU Cougars helped build the Holiday Bowl into a premier postseason game.
In their return to Qualcomm Stadium for the spinoff Poinsettia Bowl, the Cougars were happy to let their defense do most of the work — especially the scoring part.
Seriously, who needs offense?
BYU’s defense deserved to be rewarded for its season-long effort, so linebacker Kyle Van Noy personally produced two touchdowns in Thursday’s 23-6 defeat of San Diego State.
"A great night to be a Cougar," declared BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall, and that certainly was true from a defensive perspective.