BYU football: 3 things we learned from the Poinsettia Bowl

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It feels good to get a win

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This is the first BYU football bowl win since 2012, when the Cougars knocked off San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl. The Cougars lost in each of the last three seasons to Utah, Memphis and Washington.

Each of those losses stung for their own reasons. The Utah game was disappointing because of the disastrous start. Memphis left a sour taste because of the brawl. Washington ended up capping off Taysom Hill’s only fully-healthy season.

It might have been sloppy and ugly and wet and slippery and muddy and nasty.

But a win is a win. And that’s what BYU football got. Kalani Sitake is now the first BYU football head coach to win his first bowl game. I know BYU likes to tout its ‘consecutive bowl appearances,’ but hopefully for the Cougars this is the start of a bowl winning streak.