Max Hall: A Senior's Moment

Cedrick MorrisonCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Max Hall #15 of the Brigham Young Cougars celebrates a 14-13 win against the Oklahoma Sooners at Cowboys Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

This game didn’t belong to him, the people said. Not against OU’s highly touted D, not against Bradford, not with an inadequate offensive line.

Max Hall, the 23-year-old, the pride of Mesa, AZ strapped on his helmet, knelt and had a silent prayer to himself, and took the field.

A senior now, Hall felt that this was his moment. A freshman could not be asked to do what he was about to do. Against a top-five defense, with little effectiveness moving the ball, Hall was about to put his experience on display.

Cool, calm, and collected.

The drive started on BYU’s 22-yard line. After a couple of ineffective throws, Hall fired a first down toss to his big All American TE Dennis Pitta.

The very next play Hall was sacked by Austin English, the big DE, OU’s fourth sack of the evening. True to his form, Hall got up, and two plays later found his partner in crime, Pitta again for a 22-yard gain.

Cool, calm, and collected.

After finding Pitta for a third time on the drive, coupled with a couple other minimal gains, BYU was now on the OU 35-yard line.

BYU was moving the ball the best it had all game, every snap it seemed Hall had an OU lineman in his face and he simply kept firing away. By now, the admiration factor was starting to engulf the crowd, Cougar and Sooner alike, as they watched this BYU team from the mountain west conference fearlessly march down the field.

As I had been glued to the TV all day, sounds of Kenny Chesney’s “This is our moment” kept ringing in my head, and indeed, this felt like it might just be BYU’s moment.

Back to the action.

As any great antagonist does, Gerald McCoy, OU’s All American DT permeated the stadium with doubt, as he dropped the Cougars in the backfield for a three yard loss.

Two plays later, it was fourth and four on the OU 29-yard line, and there was a feeling as if BYU’s luck was about to run out. The BYU fans would be proud of their cougars for the valiant effort they displayed, but the Sooner D would prove to be too much.

Cool, calm, and collected.

Max Hall rolled out, and you could hear a pen drop on the BYU sideline…he ran, he fired, and he FOUND his favorite target, Pitta for a 23-yard gain, all the way down to the OU six.

The place erupted. Hall just jogged down the field, as if he’d known this would happen all along, as if he’d thrown that pass in his dreams.

A freshman could not make that throw, A freshman could not be so cool.

But wait…the OU defense, true to their form refused to cooperate. After stuffing BYU on a couple runs, coupled with a delay of game penalty, it was now third and goal on the OU seven.

Could Max Hall possibly do it again?

Cool, calm, and collected.

What followed was a touchdown pass in the back of the end zone to WR McKay Jacobsen.

The drive consumed a total of 8:44 off of 16 plays and 78 yards. BYU would not relinquish the lead again.

When the remaining seconds ticked off the clock and the game was finally over, for the first time Max Hall lost his composure. He broke down and you could read his lips as he said OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD. A senior, Max Hall lead his team to victory when everyone said it couldn’t be done.

Cool, calm, and collected.