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Published: Thursday, Sept. 2 2010 9:00 a.m. MDT

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I watched Jim in the Miracle Bowl stun the SMU team with his heroic pass to Clay Brown when half of the stadium crowd had exited. Those of us who stuck it out to the end were more than well rewarded. If BYU had been as big a name back then as they are now, Doug Flutie's hail mary would not have had gotten all the press instead of Jim's. And the thing is, Jim's was not just one long hail mary, he had to orchestrate three end-of-game drives! One colorful young athlete, to say the least!


I was a little young then, but there's clips of that game on youtube and all I can say is...what a game!


Not sure if anyone knows this, but Lavell wanted to punt on fourth down and Jim refused to come out. They called time out and Jim told him that they were going for it. That is a bold winner. Jim is a winner. Time for BYU to put his jersey up in the air...

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Best BYU QB ever. Too bad, he couldn't stay healthy in the NFL, or he'd be in the HOF.

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