BYU, 33, Nebraska 28
Sept. 5 – BYU shocked Nebraska as Mitch Mathews hauled down a 42-yard touchdown catch as time ran out to close down a wild final drive. Following a missed Nebraska field goal, the Cougars came up with a short pass play to get out of bounds with one second remaining on the clock, giving backup quarterback Tanner Mangum a better shot to hang it up into the end zone. He rolled to his right, heaved it up, and Mathews came down with the ball right at the goal line. Mathews also caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Taysom Hill, who ran for two scores, but was lost for the game and the season with a foot injury. The Huskers kept pace with three touchdown passes from Tommy Armstrong, but they couldn’t put the game away, with their final score coming on a nine-yard Trey Foster catch with just over five minutes to play. They had a shot to run out the clock, were stuffed on third down, Drew Brown missed a 41-yard field goal, and BYU made history.
– For all the fun and all the excitement, the loss of Taysom Hill for the year is disastrous – and cruel. He’s a special player who overcame so much to get back, and he put his stamp on the game with 72 rushing yards, two scores, and completing 21-of-34 passes for 268 yards and a score. He missed a little time in the first half, but he came back to keep rolling. Then it was over. Tanner Mangum came through with his epic finish, and now he’ll be the main man who has to carry the team.
– Mangum completed 7-of-11 passes for 111 yards and a very big touchdown. Adam Hine was the lone RB who did anything, running for 37 yards on four carries.
– Shake this off – fast. Nebraska blew it by not being able to run out the clock, and the coaching staff will be questioned for using late timeouts, but after a rocky game, it was over. All the secondary had to do was knock down the final pass, it let Mitch Mathews step in front to make the play, and history was made. On the plus side, Tommy Armstrong looked terrific at times, completing 24-of-41 passes for 319 yards and three scores with a pick. He didn’t run much, coming up with 29 yards – two net – on nine carries. He held up well.
– Terrell Newby ran ten times for 43 yards and a score
BYU – Nebraska Game Rating: A
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It wasn’t supposed to be this way. New coach, home game, and a frenzied crowd against a non-conference opponent. It all looked like a coronation for new head coach Mike Riley, and for the majority of the second half, it looked like things would follow script.
Then the snake-bitten program that is your current Nebraska outfit got nipped again, and for good reason. .
Anytime a Hail Mary is completed for victory, it’s lauded as a classic win for the ages on the offensive sideline, but it doesn’t happen without a blown assignment on the other side. .
You absolutely have to get defenders both in front, and behind a would-be receiver. .
Nebraska failed miserably by not having any of the eight black-shirts in front of the football. The result was not a juggled or tipped catch, but a complete snag of the prayer by receiver Mitch Mathews. End of story.
It’s another close loss by a Nebraska program that has had its share for the last few years. While white-knucklers can go either way, the Cornhusker programs of old wouldn’t be in a position to win by virtue of fortunate breaks in the first place. If Riley wants to restore order in Norman to the days of ‘yore, he needs to start bringing in the type of defensive athlete that the championship trophies were built on.
The Mike Riley era is off to glum start. Off to next week.