BYU trying to stay positive during historic losing streak

The Cougars have lost five straight for the first time in 47 years

PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - It would be easy for the BYU football team to fold up the tents after their 5th straight loss, their longest losing streak in one season in 47 years.

But head coach Kalani Sitake says his team is staying positive.

"The morale is good," Sitake said. "I think if you're not in touch with your players and you're not in communication with them, then it can really drop. But our coaching staff is involved with our players. For some people it's hard to believe, we have a good beat on these guys mentally where they're at right now. There's no quit in them."

BYU dropped its fifth straight game Friday night against Boise State, 24-7, to fall to 1-5 on the year. But the Cougars hope to rally in the second half of the season and extend their bowl game streak to 13.

"There's a lot of football left to play," said wide receiver Trey Dye. "Things may not be going so well right now, and we realize that. I'm sure the fan base and everybody realizes that. So it's just kind of getting those guys on the field who are going to do something."

While the defense has been play very respectably, the offense has been sputtering. Whether it's Tanner Mangum, Beau Hoge, Koy Detmer or Joe Critchlow behind center, the Cougars are averaging just 11.7 points per game this season, ranking second to last in the entire country.

"It's on me," Sitake said. "Our offense's issues are my fault. I'm in there in the mix with them, and we're trying to get it fixed. What Tanner did in the first quarter was really good for us, but we just need to be consistent as a group. That's the job of the coach is to get it done."

"If someone in you're family is sick, you don't just say screw those guys or kick them out," said defensive tackle Kesni Tausinga. You can't say let's get a new mom because our mom is sick. You've just got to rally behind them and go to work.

"For me, I'm a senior, this is my fourth year, and this is the toughest season I've ever had," said Tausinga. "It hurts. Losing hurts, it's tough. We put so much into it, we worked hard all off season."

BYU's last game against a big name opponent happens this Saturday when the Cougars travel to Mississippi State. Last season, the Cougars beat the Bulldogs in Provo, but both teams are headed in the opposite direction this year.

"I think it's exciting," said cornerback Troy Warner. "It's the SEC, a great opportunity for us to go out and make a statement. Even though we're going through some downs right now, I think it's a great chance for us to show people that we can win games this year."


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