After coming up big for BYU’s offense by catching two touchdowns against Houston and another touchdown the following week against Boise State, Ross Apo struggled in BYU's loss to Wisconsin.
"I just didn't get anything started in that game against Wisconsin," said Apo. "I just didn't get things started, and when Taysom Hill throws me the ball he depends on me to catch it. Over these past couple of weeks I've been catching the ball as they've come to me, and my team has been able to count on me to do that no matter what."
Apo humbly admits that his performance during the Wisconsin game wasn't up to par. He feels he let his teammates and himself down by not rising up to the challenge by executing at a higher level.
"I don't know, against Wisconsin I just couldn't get into a groove," Apo said. "I just wasn't catching the ball and I was pissed. I let myself get into my head and once you do that it's pretty much over and you'll struggle."
Apo could have blamed the swirling winds that circulated throughout Camp Randall Stadium last Saturday, but he didn’t want to make any excuses.
"It was freezing and my hands were freezing and my feet were freezing," Apo recalled. "You know, but that's just part of the game. As a football player you play in those conditions and those things just come with playing the sport of football. When you go out there you don't really think about those things. You just think about making plays, and I don't know, I just wasn't myself that game."
Humbled and determined to get back on track, Apo takes full credit for his play last week.
"Oh no, I'm not going to make excuses for my lack of performance," he said. "That was all me. I know I played bad and I'll be the first person to say it. I talked to my dad after the game and he was like, 'Man, you sucked!' I was like, 'Yeah dad, I know.' I just have to pick it up and can't dwell on my performance from that game. I have to learn from it and improve and do better for myself and my teammates."
On Saturday the Cougars will face Idaho State, followed by two more games before the regular season is over, so there is some time for him to redeem himself.
"The good thing about football is you get to come out the next week and play," Apo said. "We have Idaho State this weekend and then we have Notre Dame after that, followed by Nevada. Notre Dame is a good team and so is Nevada. I still have some more pages to write and hopefully they'll be positive ones. That's what I plan on trying to do."
With Saturday's game being Senior Day, Apo has extra incentive to perform at a higher level.
"I just want to go out and get a win for those guys, you know?" Apo said. "We're not thinking about who's going to score, but we're thinking more about getting a win so we can give our seniors one last memorable game at LaVell Edwards Stadium. I just want do my best when I get the opportunity to do so. I don't think we'll have to motivate Cody [Hoffman] to do well because he always seems to score when I score, but I do want to play well for those guys so we can send out these seniors who've been here for 10 years out with a win."
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