Kyle Von Noy, BYU Cougar Defense Dominates Poinsettia Bowl

By M. Shannon Smallwood
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports


A few hours ago, this sports writer told you the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl was going to be decided on the defensive side of the ball.

And boy was it ever…

Junior Linebacker Kyle Von Noy was all the offense the BYU Cougars needed on the night…

And yes you heard that correctly that a LINEBACKER was all the OFFENSE needed!

Von Noy stripped San Diego State Aztecs QB Adam Dingwell in the end zone in the fourth quarter for the first touchdown of the game and added another pick-six a few series later as BYU won 23-6.

The Cougars trailed 6-3 as they entered the fourth-quarter before Von Noy and the defense took over.

Overall, BYU forced San Diego State into five turnovers all in the second half.

To put this dominating defensive effort into perspective, even Cougar Punter Riley Stephenson pinned the Aztecs inside the half-foot line not once, not twice, not even three times, but four.

You are usually happy if you can pin a ball inside the five once a month in College Football but to do it four times in a basically 18 minutes is just silly.

And was Von Noy mentioned yet…

Oh yeah…

He also blocked a punt…

It literally felt like there were four of him on the field in the second half.

Let’s just say Von Noy made himself a lot of money tonight if he chooses to enter the NFL Draft.

Have you ever heard of a linebacker that single handedly outscored the team he was facing?

Well you have now…

Just plain silly how Von Noy dominated the game.

And you know head coach Bronco Mendenhall wouldn’t have wanted to game to unfold any other way.


M Shannon Smallwood has over 10 years of experience in broadcasting and journalism in professional baseball and college athletics and is the ACC Football Guru, SEC Voice of Reason and College Football Comedian for Rant Sports. He is a member of the FWAA and the USBWA

Follow him @woodysmalls.

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