Taking first in three of six events, the nation's number one gymnast, Darren Elg, helped the BYU Cougars defeat the University of Michigan 223.15 to 222.80.

Though ahead in the first four rotations, the Cougars were down by 185.70 to 185.25 going into the last rotation."Michigan had a really good team, even with some guys hurt," said BYU head coach Mako Sakamoto. "They came out strong and I didn't think we were going to get them."

Winning the all-around competition was Elg (57.50), who had the high score of the night with a 9.90 in the high bar. Elg also placed first in floor exercise (9.80) and the vault (9.65).

Other top performances for the Cougars included Kenzo Koshimura's (9.85) first place on the steel rings, and Fabricio Olsen's (9.70) first-place finish on the pommel horse.

"We put a different line up in tonight to keep the team healthy," said Sakamoto. "We did really good, and I was especially pleased with Kenzo's and Elg's performances on the steel rings and the high bar."

The third-ranked Cougars will next compete against the Air Force Academy Feb. 25 in Colorado Springs at 2 p.m.