BYU football: Cougars seem to be hitting their stride

For BYU, dreams of playing in a BCS bowl game evaporated weeks ago. In their first year of independence, the Cougars can't even compete for a conference championship.

So, fresh off its road victory over the Pac-12's Oregon State, what does BYU (5-2) have to play for the rest of the season?

"There is a sense of urgency to see how fast we can help this team reach its potential. With five regular-season games to go, that is our focus, that is our mindset," said coach Bronco Mendenhall. "We have a lot to play for, knowing that we still haven't played to the best of our ability yet. To me, that's what the real motivation is."

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