BYU football: No time for feeling sorry, Cougars thinking Boise State Broncos
"They had been bracketing (Hoffman) all night, and he and I saw it," Nelson explained. "It was something we kind of drew up in the sand. He came to me with the idea and I liked it. We were able to complete the ball … (Offensive coordinator Brandon) Doman had enough confidence in us to let us call it and put us in position to kick a field goal."
Before attempting the field goal, however Nelson scrambled and floated a pass intended for wide receiver JD Falslev that dropped incomplete. Utah fans flooded the field, but the officials ruled there was still one second remaining.
After clearing the field, BYU's Justin Sorensen attempted a 51-yard field goal that was blocked. Falslev picked up the ball and was fighting to gain yards when fans again stormed the field.
Utah was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct, giving BYU one last chance to tie the game. Stephenson's attempt smacked the left upright, sparking yet another Ute celebration.
"We had two tries, and you ought to be able to kick the ball through the uprights," Mendenhall said. "I'm disappointed. That won't be the reason the game wasn't won. There were plenty of mistakes leading up to that. But when you have a chance to make a play, at any position, that's what you would hope."
And now for BYU, there's no time to dwell on the past — a new challenge awaits in Boise on Thursday night.
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