If you were expecting to see an offensive explosion in a high scoring shoot out between the BYU Cougars and the San Diego State Aztecs in the Poinsettia Bowl, you were mightily disappointed. Of course, if those were your expectations, you clearly do not pay close attention to college football in the first place. BYU was fourth in the country in points allowed per game.
Kyle Van Noy assured the Cougars that the defense would once again be the heart of this team, as the BYU linebacker accounted for two of the three touchdowns scored in this game.
Considering he plays defense, that is impressive.
Van Noy was an absolute force all over the field and all throughout the entire game for BYU last night, as the defeated San Diego State 23-6 in the Poinsettia Bowl.
The game was much closer than the final score may indicate, as it was the Cougars who actually trailed the Aztecs by a score of 6-3 entering the fourth quarter. That is when Van Noy not only helped BYU comeback and pick up the win, but he may have also cemented a much improved draft status if he decides to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
After a stat line that reads eight total tackles, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown as well as an interception for a touchdown, how can you argue that Van Noy is a difference maker and a game changer?
Oh, and he blocked a punt for those keeping score at home to top off his historic night.
“Turnovers were huge for us,” said Van Noy, who had two of BYU’s five takeaways. “I think that when we got that first turnover, I think that changed the momentum of the game.”
The bottom line is that Van Noy changed the game. He did so almost single handedly, although it was nice to see him give credit to his teammates. Truth be told, if you remove Van Noy from last night’s game, it would be the Aztecs who would be celebrating a Poinsettia Bowl victory this morning, and not the Cougars.
Not surprisingly, Van Noy was selected as the defensive player of the game. Although, in all honesty, they may as well have chosen him as the offensive player of the game as well. After all, he was the only player to score on multiple occasions, as well as doing so at the biggest moments.
It just goes to show why we all love bowl games.
No one more so than Van Noy, however, who may be wise to look to cash in on his monumental performance last night and make the jump to the NFL in 2013. He may never see his draft stock higher following his performance in the big win for BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl.