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BYU Athletics Completes ‘No-Loss November’

Nov 28, 2021, 3:28 AM
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BYU football head coach Kalani Sitake prior to the Cougars game against USC on November 27, 2021, (Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
(Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

LOS ANGELES – The month of November 2021 will go down in the record books for BYU athletics. All of the teams competing in November put together an undefeated record to combine for a mark of 29-0.

The undefeated record was capped off with men’s basketball defeating rival Utah at the Huntsman Center and then BYU football holding off USC at the LA Coliseum.

If you want to point to even more winning from BYU athletics, you can also add National Championships for Track & Field stars Connor Mantz and Whittni Orton, along with a national club title from BYU Men’s Soccer. So life has been good for the Cougar Athletic Department.

Here’s a rundown of all the games BYU Athletics won en route to their “No-Loss November.”

BYU Football

November 6th, 2021: BYU 59, Idaho State 14

November 20th: BYU 34, Georgia Southern 17

November 27th: No. 13 BYU 35, 31

The opponents weren’t great that BYU faced, but the regular-season finale at USC was memorable for the Cougars as it marks their first-ever victory in the Coliseum. BYU has now put together back-to-back years with 10-win regular seasons. You have to go back 12 years to find the last time BYU did that in consecutive years.

Men’s Basketball

November 9th: BYU 69, Cleveland State 59

November 12th: BYU 66, San Diego State 60

November 16th: BYU 81, No. 12 Oregon 49

November 20th: BYU 97, Central Methodist 61

November 24th: No. 18 BYU 81, Texas Southern 64

November 27th: No. 18 BYU 75, Utah 64

BYU hasn’t jumped out to a 6-0 start since Jimmer Fredette’s senior season year. It’s not often the Cougars jump out to a 6-0 mark in a season. The last five times before this year that it has happened have spanned the following coaches: Dave Rose, Roger Reid, Ladell Andersen, and Stan Watts.

Women’s Basketball

November 9th: BYU 81, Lipscomb 58

November 13th: BYU 80, Fresno State 64

November 17th: BYU 55, Arizona State 44

November 20th: BYU 84, Boise State 40

November 23rd: BYU 101, Utah State 74

November 25th: BYU 61, No. 17 Florida State 54

November 27th: BYU 58, No. 22 West Virginia 57

The nation has been sleeping on the BYU women’s basketball team, but after a pair of wins over nationally-ranked teams, Jeff Judkins’ squad looks poised to jump high into the Top 25 rankings next week. BYU’s offensive firepower with Shaylee Gonzales, Lauren Gustin, and Paisley Harding is as good of a “Big 3” as you’ll find in women’s college basketball this year.

Women’s Volleyball

November 4th: BYU (3-0) at Gonzaga

November 6th: BYU (3-0) at Portland

November 11th: BYU (3-0) vs. Pepperdine

November 13th: BYU (3-1) vs. Loyola Marymount

November 18th: BYU (3-0) at Pacific

November 20th: BYU (3-1) at Saint Mary’s

November 23rd: No. 4 BYU (3-1) at San Diego)

For the first time since 1993, BYU women’s volleyball completed a conference schedule season undefeated. Heather Olmstead’s squad awaits their NCAA Tournament draw, but it’s not unreasonable to think this group is good enough to make a run at another Final Four.

Women’s Soccer

November 3rd: BYU 3, Portland 0

November 6th: BYU 1, No. 16 Pepperdine 0 (2 OT)

November 13th: BYU 6, New Mexico 0 (NCAA 1st Round)

November 18th: BYU 4, Alabama 1 (NCAA 2nd)

November 20th: BYU 1, No. 1 Virginia 0 (NCAA 3rd)

November 27th: No. 4 BYU 4, South Carolina 1 (NCAA Quarterfinals)

The BYU Women’s Soccer team has pulled off a magical run to their first-ever College Cup. BYU’s signature win was a revenge victory against Virginia in the NCAA Tournament 3rd round in Charlottesville. That win gave BYU the chance to host an Elite Eight game at South Field against South Carolina. Jennifer Rockwood’s team didn’t squander the opportunity, as they put an exclamation mark on their first-ever trip to the College Cup.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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