ARLINGTON, Texas — For the first time since he suited up as a San Francisco 49er quarterback, BYU assistant coach Brandon Doman found himself on the sidelines where the bullets fly Saturday in the Cougars' 14-13 win over Oklahoma.
"I had the time of my life today," said Doman.
Since hired, Doman has coached alongside assistant head coach Lance Reynolds high in the stoic and sterile press box where he communicated with John Beck and Max Hall through a headset.
Starting with Saturday's opener, Doman traded places with offensive coordinator Robert Anae, a move players said they looked forward to because of Doman's high energy and positive emotion.
In the aftermath of Saturday's upset of the No. 3 Sooners, Doman almost had no voice from screaming. His head coach, Bronco Mendenhall, who gave up play calling to defensive coordinator Jamie Hill, also found himself in a new role — cheerleader.
"There was some grit and determination needed on that field and whatever coach who can bring it on the field is good for everyone," said Doman. "If I was able to bring any energy on the field, I feel fortunate to do it. I haven't been on the field for five years and I can't even talk right now, I'm so hoarse. I had a lot of fun today."
Doman said BYU's dramatic 78-yard game-winning drive was a chain of events BYU had talked about for months and especially this past week — even early in the game.
"We said, no matter what happens, in the fourth quarter, if we've got a chance, their linebacker is going to cheat and the safety is going to come down and if you make your read at the end of the game, we're going to win the game."
That's exactly what happened, Hall said. "We knew they'd creep up and crowd Dennis (Pitta) and when they did that, McKay Jacobson was smart enough to lose himself in that zone and he was all alone."
Doman had high praise for Hall, who threw two interceptions but finished the game 26 of 38 for 329 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. His pass efficiency rating for the game was a respectable 147.99 with a 68.43 percentage completions.
Hall joins two other outstanding college QBs to have beaten the Sooners the past year. They include Florida's Tim Tebow and Texas Longhorn Colt McCoy.
"We played against one of toughest defenses in the country, one of the top 5 in the nation and when you do that, you are bound to throw an interception," said Doman.
"BYU beat Miami in 1990 and had seven turnovers in that game. You just have to give credit to our defense for the way they played and to our entire team for finishing. We have kids with unbelievable character, and Max Hall? I'm really proud of him today," said Doman.