"It was a cool experience and I've never been a part of something like that," said Kyle Van Noy. "It was fun and words couldn't describe how it felt. We wanted it more and the intensity just kept building and building, so when we finally stopped them on that last play on the 1-yard line, it was just a lot of fun to experience that."
Next up is the University of Hawaii. And like in his previous games, Van Noy will be ready for goal line stands or any situation presented when the Warriors stroll into LaVell Edwards Stadium this Friday.
"Yeah, we've watched some film on them already," said Van Noy after practice on Monday. "I'm not really worried about what they do. We know what they're going to do and we know what they're going to run. At the end of the day we just have to focus on ourselves because we know what they're going to do and what they're going to run. We've already faced it ourselves this year, so we need to tweak a few things here and there and work hard during practice."
Although Van Noy grew up not too far from the University of Nevada, he didn't get a chance to see Wolf Pack running back Stefphon Jefferson tie an NCAA record with seven touchdowns against the Hawaii defense.
"I have a buddy who plays at Nevada and so I talked to him," said Van Noy. "His name is Duke Williams and he's the starting safety for Nevada. He's like one of the top three safeties in the country."
Like Van Noy, Williams is from Reno. Williams is the anchor of the Nevada defense. He recorded five total tackles against Hawaii and gave Van Noy a little insight into the Warriors.
"Yeah, I talked to him about the game and he said lots of things," said Van Noy with a smile. "I don't know if I want to say exactly what he told me. I think I just want to keep those things close to the chest and to myself. I don't want to tip anyone off, so I'll just keep it to myself."
Van Noy is taking a smart approach to the game. Sure, got some information from his friend, but he also has a lot of film to mull over.
"Yeah, I think we'll be fine," said Van Noy with a chuckle. "We have a lot of film on the Hawaii game so we should be fine. I'll go back and watch what he does and what they did against Hawaii. Then I'll probably talk to him again and get a couple of tips from him."
Cougar fans all around the country have no doubt that Van Noy and his fellow Cougar defenders will put on another great performance on Friday, this time back in the friendly confines of LaVell Edwards Stadium.
"Yeah, we'll be ready and it's good to be home, but I do like playing on the road," said Van Noy. "We can play anytime and anywhere. We can take it to the blacktop or parking lot if we have to and that's the kind of mentality that we have.
"We're not cocky but we're confident. We're also humbled to be a part of this defense and be able to play the game. We just have that mentality that we can play anywhere no matter what. We're never satisfied with where we're at, but we'll play anywhere."
Now, if the coaches can only get the Cougar offense to match its defensive counterpart.