BYU football: 3 things we learned from the Poinsettia Bowl

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The BYU football team picked up a win over the Wyoming Cowboys in the Poinsettia Bowl. Here are three things we learned from the Cougars’ final game of the 2016 season.

BYU football’s 2016 season has come to a close. There were ups, there were downs, but one thing is certain: the future is bright for the Cougars.

BYU will lose 20+ seniors, so next year’s team will look differently. But, there were still some worthwhile takeaways from BYU football’s Poinsettia Bowl win.

For one thing, who knows about the passing game? I don’t think it’s fair to judge Tanner Mangum considering he was throwing in a torrential downpour, but still, throwing for fewer than 100 yards is not good.

There’s so little to go on it’s not one of our main points, but I wanted to throw that out there. Reports were that he held on to the ball too long. We saw that. Reports were that he’d just chuck it deep if he was in trouble. We saw that too. But there were also some great flashes of well-placed balls. With the rain playing such a factor, it’s tough to tell what Mangum we’ll get in 2017, but my guess is we’ll get a poised upperclassmen ready to take the keys of the offense.

Here are the three things we learned.