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While absolute perfection is an unattainable goal, the BYU linebackers got about as close to it as possible. That may have very well been the best performance by a linebacker corps in all of college football this season.
Overall, the Cougar linebackers registered 33 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, a fumble recovery, an interception and a defensive touchdown. This marks the third game in a row that BYU linebackers have put points on the board.
Uani' Unga and Austen Jorgensen were all over the field for the Cougars, with each of them notching at least 10 tackles (11 for Jorgensen and 10 for Unga). They also had 1.5 tackles for loss between them.
Alani Fua only had two tackles, but had the biggest play of the night. His 51-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter broke open a game that had stagnated at 24-13. That play is what sealed the game for BYU.
Kyle Van Noy continued his dominant form, and further asserted his claim to being the best defensive player in the country. KVN had six tackles, three of which were for loss and two of which were sacks. He also set up BYU's other sack.
That other sack belonged to Spencer Hadley, who had a solid outing in his first game back after a three-game suspension for violating BYU's Honor Code. He had 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, a quarterback hurry and recovered a fumble.
BYU's linebackers have been the strength of the team all season, and this game was no exception. The Cougars' linebacker corps has a very good claim to being the best in the country.