It was a busy weekend on the gridiron and hardwood for many of the former Cougars playing professionally around the world.
Kyle Van Noy had one of his best showings of the season as the New England Patriots knocked off the Indianapolis Colts, 38-24. The former BYU linebacker registered eight tackles, including six of the solo variety.
Through five games, for the 3-2 Patriots, Van Noy has managed 28 tackles, a tackle for loss, a pass defended, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Up next for Van Noy and New England is a battle with the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday night,
Davies plays a big role in come-from-behind win
Brandon Davies scored in double figures for the third time in a row and the fourth time in five games as Zalgiris used a 22-1 fourth-quarter run to outlast Rytas Vilnuis, 76-69. In the win, he finished with 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field and 2-for-3 from the foul line. He also chipped in with five rebounds and an assist in 20:39 of action.
Through five games, for an undefeated Kaunas squad, Davies is averaging 12.2 points on 52.8 percent shooting from floor to go along with 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 steals in 18:21 a contest.
Up next for Davies and Zalgiris is the first game of EuroLeague with a match-up against Baskonia before returning to Lithuanian League action to square off with second place Neptunas.
Jamaal Williams has solid day in loss
BYU’s all-time leading rusher had a solid day as the Green Bay packers fell to the Detroit Lions, 31-23. Williams finished with six carries for 33 yards (5.5 yards per carry) while catching two passes for 19 yards.
He also caught a pass for a two-point conversion after making a nice adjustment to get open. The Packers Twitter page shared highlights of the play.
Through five game, for the 2-2-1 Packers, Williams has managed 53 carries for 195 yards with 12 first-down runs. He has also totaled seven receptions for 47 yards.
The latest of Mika and Tavernari in Italy
It wasn’t a great weekend for a pair of former Cougars who are hooping it up in Italy.
Eric Mika had some productive moments, but also struggled with turnovers as Basket Brescia Leonessa lost to Varese, 81-80. In the loss, the former BYU big man totaled four points on 50 percent shooting from the field. He also recorded six rebounds (two on the offensive end), and two assists to go along with a game-high four turnovers in 20 minutes of work.
Jonathan Tavernari had a cold-shooting day on Saturday as his Pallacanestro Cantu squad got crushed by Avellino, 98-81. In the loss, the former BYU 3-point threat totaled four points on 2-for-8 shooting from the field, including 0-for-4 from beyond the arc. He added three rebounds and a steal in 18 minutes.