Cougars Honored at Halftime of Football Game
Provo, UT–The two-time and defending national champion BYU Rugby program was honored during the half time of the BYU football game against Weber State University today.
The almost 65,000 fans at Lavell Edwards Stadium were shown a short highlight video of the Cougars’ championship win in May on the two new massive HD video screens while the rugby team was ushered out on to the football field.
After a rousing introduction by the stadium public announcer the crowd gave the team a boisterous ovation.
The privilege of being honored in front of a large crowd and at such a public venue isn’t lost on the mind of BYU’s head coach David Smyth.
“We’re very grateful to have been honored at the half time of the football game,” Smyth said, “The BYU administration and the athletic administrators recognize the hard work our players put in and we’re very glad that they took some time out to pay respect to these student-athletes. It means a lot to this program.”
Today’s event was the second such time the Cougars were honored at the half time of a football game. In 2009, the team was similarly honored for their inaugural national title during the half time of the football game against Utah State.
NOTE: BYU Rugby All American center Paul Lasike saw his first collegiate football carry in the waning moments of BYU’s romping of Weber State by the score of 45-13. Lasike bullied his way for six yards on his lone carry while also seeing time with the special teams groups.