Tanner Mangum is out for the rest of the season after tearing his ACL during the Fresno State game….another statistic of the injury plagued team. However, Beau Hoge is back on the field after recovering from his injury, giving it another go as the starting quarterback…if he’s healthy. Hoge took over for Tanner in the 4th quarter against the Bulldogs and will start this weekend.
“Once you watch the film, you just lock it away and don’t look back,” said Defensive tackle, Handsome Tanielu. “This is how it is. You just cant hold it against yourself. You have to criquite yourself and give yourself some coaching and evaluate it.”
The loss at Fresno State results in a no bowl game year for the Cougs…which is the first time in 12 years.
They only have three more games to prove their ability to play football. BYU plays this week at UNLV. Kalani says the Rebels are a force to be reckoned with.
“This should be something they are looking forward to,” said Head coach Kalani Sitake. “You know, a team that’s committed to running the ball and basically, you know, shoving the ball right down your throat.”
The Cougars sit with 8 losses, and they’re trying not to tack on another. The last time they had a season with 9 losses was back when Rosa Parks protested and Bill Gates was born…1955.
So what’s the motivation to keep playing, now that the Cougs have no end goal?
“With the games that are left, we are just trying to honor the seniors as much as we can,” Sitake said. “But the thoughts of growing and becoming a better program. Obviously I’m disappointed. I’ve said that over and over and over again, eight times actually.”
The Cougars have these last three games to prove to themselves they are better than their recent performances. They get three more games to wear a Y on their chest, three more games to remember this moment.
That’s going to be the motivation.