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The overriding theme from this morning's Bronco Mendenhall press conference (an audio link to which you can find in the "Cougar Cuts" box to the lower right) was that it doesn't matter how you win, but THAT you win. Bronco said it seemed like he and his players had recently lost that perspective, and he wants it to return to the program.
Among other things, QB Max Hall talked about the importance of the run game, and achieving a near 50/50 pass/run balance in the UNLV win. Max's podium comments and group interviews with Jan Jorgensen and Dennia Pitta can also be found in the "Cougar Cuts" box.
BYU's annual "Cougar Tipoff" event is set for 7:00pm on Wednesday night at the Marriott Center. I'll be hosting the Bronco Mendenhall Show at that same hour, but I'll plan on making it down to the MC for most of the second half.
BYU's opening exhibition opponent, Concordia University out of Montreal, is off to a 5-0 start to its season. The Stingers played and lost to Virginia in a summer exhibition, and will face Vermont and Rhode Island before coming west to play BYU (Nov. 6th) and Utah State (Nov. 8th).
BYU's second exhibiton opponent, NAIA powerhouse Georgetown (KY) College played its exhibition opener Sunday, and beat Ohio State University-Mansfield... by 101 points. The final score was 133-32, as Georgetown eased up after taking a 70-13 halftime lead. OSUM had 4 assists to 34 turnovers and shot 19% on the day; they took 26 free throws... and made 7. Georgetown outrebounded OSUM 67-21, and recorded 26 steals. Georgetown will play at Louisville on Saturday, play two non-conference games, then face the Cougars on November 11th.
BYU's regular season opener is home to Long Beach State on November 14th. The 49ers will not play any exhibition games--rather, they will be scrimmaging San Diego (road) and Air Force (home). Such scrimmages are closed to the public and media and are allowed by NCAA rules to take the place of exhibition contests.