All I can say is that Kyle Whittingham must be living right on- and off-the-field.
He better make sure to report this gift on his tax returns.
Three wacky fourth-quarter turnovers, combined with a blown call in the replay booth, cost BYU in the 17-16 come from behind win by Utah.
A fumble caused by a mix-up by BYU’s freshman quarterback and running back led to a Utah touchdown.
It then got ridiculous as a shanked Utah punt hit BYU’s B.J. Peterson. The Utes recovered the ball and were in business in BYU territory.
An ensuing interception by the Cougars’ Brandon Bradley should have sealed the deal, but the Utes pulled the ball from Bradley’s hands during the return.
The TV replay clearly showed that Brandon’s knee was down prior to the ball being pried loose from his hands, but the officials in the replay booth failed to overturn the call.
Utah took advantage by striking again to go up 17-16 with just over four minutes left in the game.
Even after all of that craziness, the Cougars had a shot to win it on a field goal as Jake Heaps led the Cougars down the field like a veteran. But BYU blew a blocking assignment and allowed a rusher on the edge to go free and block the attempt.
Credit the Utes with taking advantage of the lucky bounces and converting on the gifts they received, but mistakes late in the game by the Cougars gave this game away.
A decision in the second quarter also came back to bite the Cougars. Instead of taking a chip shot field goal that would have put BYU up 9-0, Bronco Mendenhall decided to go for it on fourth and less than a yard.
Instead if running it on fourth and short, they further gambled by going with a play action pass that was dropped by freshman receiver Cody Hoffman. Had the Cougars taken the three at that point in the game, they would have likely walked out of Rice-Eccles with the win.
The turn of events nullified another terrific effort by the BYU defense. The Cougars dominated the Utes, shutting them out for three quarters and holding them to 89 rushing yards on the day, 296 yards of total offense and allowing just 4-15 on third-down attempts.
We’ll have analysis and follow up stories later, but for right now we are interested in your initial takes and thoughts on this game…
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