Brad Rock: Former BYU Cougar Ty Detmer returns to a strange new world in Provo

Published: Saturday, Oct. 13 2012 9:30 p.m. MDT

Then there was Saturday's starter, Nelson, a blue-collar quarterback if there ever was one. He truly can rush the ball, as he showed by carrying 16 yards on the Cougars' first play. In the fourth quarter, he took a quarterback draw up the middle for a key 12-yard gain.

"You look at Riley, and maybe he's not the most polished passer," Detmer said, "but the guy competes and gives everything he has on every play."

That still wasn't enough to offset Nelson's three interceptions. Thus BYU's wait to beat a Top 10 team continued. Detmer didn't say it, but to him on Saturday, Miami must have seemed a million miles and a thousand years away.


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