PROVO — BYU football players and coaches were noticeably more exuberant following the Cougars' 41-20 win over San Jose State on Saturday, a victory that brought an end to a seven-game losing streak.
If only for a moment, BYU's football family was able to revel in a win for the first time since the season-opener, bringing with it a sense of relief for a program enduring one of its toughest stretches in history.
"It was different getting a win. There are a lot of happy faces right now," said BYU wide receiver Micah Simon, who had two touchdown receptions in the game.
The excitement wasn't just held for the end of the game, as Cougar players celebrated a variety of big plays in the win.
One such play included freshman defensive end Langi Tuifua picking up his first fumble recovery as a college player and being swarmed by teammates. Among the celebrators was linebacker Fred Warner, who left the game early with an apparent ankle injury, and defensive lineman Tevita Mo'Unga, who is out for the season with an injury.
It was a window into the support shown among teammates, even in a trying season.
Jamaal dancing in Provo
Former BYU running back Jamaal Williams was known for his dance moves as a Cougar, and those have extended into his rookie season with the Green Bay Packers.
Williams was on hand Saturday as one of the alumni flag bearers for the school.
Following the victory, Williams again celebrated a Cougar win in Provo by showing off a few dance moves (video courtesy KSL's Sean Walker).
Cosmo vs. The Duck
Earlier this month, a video of Cosmo the Cougar dancing with the Cougarettes during the BYU-Boise State game went viral.
Cosmo got called out Saturday.https://twitter.com/TheOregonDuck/status/924415600834764801
A video of Oregon's mascot, The Oregon Duck, dancing with Oregon cheerleaders appeared on the mascot's Twitter profile on Saturday afternoon, with Cosmo's Twitter handle in the text. The Ducks were playing Utah that day, a 41-20 Oregon victory.
That prompted several BYU fans to come to the defense of their mascot.https://twitter.com/bworgill/status/924481724016484352 https://twitter.com/loconnole/status/924429268431417344
BYU associate athletic director Duff Tittle even set forth a new challenge for The Duck, sharing a video of Cosmo doing a flip over a row of Cougar cheerleaders during Saturday's game.