Saturday was a statement game for BYU. In the Cougars first game as an independent BYU had to depend on their defense against Ole Miss, and that unit did the job.
BYU's defense held Ole Miss to 208 yards of total offense and forced a key fumble forced by sophomore linebacker Kyle Van Noy and recovered by Van Noy in the end zone late in the game that proved to be the winner and the Cougars prevailed in Oxford, MS 14-13
Here's a report from KSTU-TV in Salt Lake City, UT:
"This is one of the most satisfying victories because we were able to execute in a hostile environment." BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said in a post game press conference. " We found a way to win which says a lot. There will be many things to point out that we could have done better but we found a way to win the game.”
"We played a really good football team, and I wish them the best this season. But for us to come down in their house and pull out the win like we did showed a lot of toughness and grit." BYU quarterback Jake Heaps said after the game.
“I hate to lose one like that." Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said in a post game press conference. " We had the ball and then that fumble happened. There were a few plays that just make you sick and you wish you had them back.”
BYU has another statement game next week against Texas. The Cougars have some momentum for that one.