Dick Harmon: Benching Riley Nelson for freshman QB Taysom Hill too little, too late
Still, in the waning moments, Hill led the Cougar offense the length of the field to where he faced a fourth-and-3 at BSU's 18. After a BYU timeout, 4:50 left in the game, Bronco fans in that end zone screaming like a tornado, BSU coach Chris Petersen waited to see BYU's formation — a classic spread formation — and called a timeout.
The kid hit Hoffman on a quick slant for a first down, good for 6 yards and a first down at the 12.
He then kept a bootleg play, churned his 4.5 speed into an 8-yard gain to the BSU 4.
Then he looked for a pass just long enough to keep BSU's linebackers in position and ran for a touchdown.
BYU went for a two-point conversion and J.C. Percy knocked Hill's pass down before it could get to Hoffman. BSU 7, BYU 6, 3:37 left in the game.
Hill had driven BYU 95 yards, more total yardage than the Cougars had gained in three quarters of the entire game. He finished as BYU's leading rusher with 72 yards, a touchdown, 4 of 10 passing.
Hill had a chance, when given the chance, to deliver a win for BYU in a place visitors hardly ever win.
This, you could say, was the anatomy of a decision.
A quarterback decision.
Decisions BYU doesn't make easily, quickly or according to Hoyle.
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