In his first three seasons, Van Noy had scored three touchdowns via fumble recovery and once via interception return. In the second quarter of play against the Blue Raiders, Van Noy put points on the board, again, but this time it was different.
Van Noy’s first score came way back in his freshman season—2010—when he scooped up a fumble in Fort Collins, Colorado and raced 44 yards to give BYU a 21-0 lead over the Colorado State Rams. The second one was a game winning fumble recovery, giving the Cougars a 14-13 lead against Ole Miss’ in 2011. The other two were both from last year’s Poinsettia Bowl against San Diego State.
All four were signature scores that help win those games.
This time against MTSU Van Noy scored in a different way; the ever rare safety.
One of the most interesting things about this safety is that, like many of his other scores, it came at a time when BYU gave up the momentum. Then Van Noy came in and took it right back.
Just before the safety, BYU was trailing MTSU 7-10. The Cougars were about to score when Taysom Hill fumbled the football on the two-yard line giving up possession, momentum, and the potential lead.
But on came Van Noy and the Cougar defense, knowing that he needed to bail out the offense. Middle Tennessee State running back Jordan Parker took the handoff in the endzone when Van Noy immediately dove for his legs causing him to fall to the ground. DL Remington Peck then came in and made sure Parker could not fall forward out of the endzone, successfully adding two points for BYU, but more importantly turning the momentum.
This gave BYU the needed drive to finish the game as a 37-10 route.
So has Van Noy really recorded scores in every defensive way possible? Actually, no. He still has yet to block a kick, be it an extra-point, field goal, or punt, and return it for a score on the other end. But hey, making things happen is what Kyle Van Noy does. I guess it’s only a matter of time.
By Tanner Spear
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