Tom Smart, Deseret News
BYU's defense has outshined its offense since head coach Bronco Mendenhall took over the defense in 2010, according to the Idaho-Press Tribune.
Since Mendenhall assumed responsibility as defensive coordinator, the team has only allowed an average of 91.5 rushing yards per game, second best in the nation, according to the article. In 2011, BYU's defense was ranked 13th in the nation in total defense and are No. 9 so far in 2012.
"Let's just say he hates it when people score touchdowns on us," BYU junior linebacker Kyle Van Noy, told the Idaho-Press Tribune. "You don't hear it much in the game, but the next practice, you know. He pushes us to be workhorses. He takes a lot of pride in it."
No offense has gained more than 300 yards against the Cougars in the last nine games, according to the article. The team is only giving up an average of 241 yards per game this season. With 13 sacks, only two teams in the country have more sacks than BYU.
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