Week 55 of Cougars on Cougars is a big one! Last Wednesday, BYU Football held the spotlight for National Signing Day. More than 20 recruits signed with the Cougars, including a couple of 4-star athletes that should have immediate impact. Vanquish the Foe Site Manager Robby McCombs joined us to recap signing day and give us a heads up on who our biggest signees were, who we missed out on, what overall grade this recruiting class deserves plus much more. We also got Robby’s thoughts on 4-star safety Chaz Ah You’s Bleacher Report announcement video:
The day after signing day, it was all about BYU Basketball as the country’s number one team, the Gonzaga Bulldogs, visited the Marriott Center. Although BYU Basketball had faced the number one team four times before in its history, those games were all away from the Cougars’ home court. The ROC showed up at the Marriott Center in force, the atmosphere was rocking with 20,000 strong, and the Cougs managed to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to just six with under two minutes to play.
Ultimately, Gonzaga proved why they’re number one, defeating the Cougars 85-75 behind a stellar 33-point performance from potential National Player of the Year Nigel Williams-Goss. But take heart! There were some great things that happened in that game for BYU, including some fantastic defensive possessions and a career day for freshman TJ Haws (29 points). Jess and Mary break down what went right and what went wrong in the loss to Gonzaga and in the Cougars’ (and Dave Rose’s 300th!) win against Portland on Saturday night in Coaching from the Couch.
In BYU losses this season, Mika/Haws/Emery generally struggle to have good games at the same time; notable performance disparities emerge: pic.twitter.com/dGifyVHGvY— Greg Wrubell (@gregwrubell) February 3, 2017
Finally, we round up this week’s news from the BYU social mediasphere in Talk of the Town, including Eric Mika being named as a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar award, given to the country’s best center, Coach Sitake and Coach Detmer playing Mario Kart (this is serious business), and a special section dedicated to former BYU Cougar and now Superbowl LI Champion with the New England Patriots, Kyle Van Noy (aka Drake’s Wii Avatar)!
We were down 25 points!!!!!!! And Still won!!!!! I haven't slept yet!!!!!! Soooo hyped!!!! Cloud 9!!!!! Put salt on my steak!!!!!— Kyle Van Noy (@KVN_03) February 6, 2017
Oh — and here’s that gem of a Przemek Karnowski quote about chicken — and the Washington Wizards, that earned him one of our weekly sponsor spots. Priceless.
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