By Rick Istvan | There is an old phrase: a dog’s bark is worse than its bite. In the wild male lions will use their roar for many reasons. A roar is meant to scare off intruders, warn the pride of potential danger, and show dominance among other males. The roar is also a way for the alpha male letting everyone know this is his territory and his pride.
Cougars, who are members of the same group as domesticated cats, can hiss and growl but because of a solid hyoid bone, Cougars cannot roar. Cougars are only able to purr. On Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium, in Provo Utah, BYU proved their bite was much worse than their “bark.” The Cougars defeated the Lions of North Alabama 66-14.
The alpha male, in the first half, was BYU junior QB Zach Wilson. Wilson went 10-16 for 212 yards and four touchdowns. He ended up sitting out the second half. The play calling was left to sophomore QB Baylor Romney for the rest of the afternoon. He went 8-10 for 65 yards and two touchdowns.
Five Cougars had double digit rushing numbers, with Tyler Allgeier leading the way. Allgeier had 141 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. The Cougars also had four players score a pair of touchdowns a piece. Adding to Allgeier’s two touchdowns, Miles Davis carried the ball 4 times for 54 yards and two touchdowns. Kavika Fanoua had a rushing and receiving touchdown, while freshman tight end Isaac Rex had two touchdown receptions. Dax Milne, the junior wide receiver, led the way in receiving with four receptions for 101 yards but wasn’t able to get any touchdowns. Overall BYU’s offense had 555 total yards and zero turnovers.
Defensively the Cougars were on the prowl. Tuioti-Mariner, the junior defensive lineman tallied two sacks. Senior LB Isaiah Kaufusi recorded another. BYU also had two fumble recoveries. Junior DB Malik Moore added an interception as well as five tackles and a pass deflection. The Cougars managed to convert every turnover into points. With three turnovers, three sacks and holding North Alabama to a total of 361 yards, the Cougar defense played their part in the blowout win.
In the wild, Cougars are generally solitary in nature. When adult male Cougars come together, it’s usually to fight for territory. In this case, the Cougars came together, fought together and claimed their territory. The Lions might have a mighty roar, but the Cougars remain PURRFECT!
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