The Cougars (10-3) struggled offensively but scored with 11 seconds left to down Tulsa, 24-21, in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Dallas on Friday.
Cody Hoffman caught a 2-yard pass from Riley Nelson, who faked a spike on the play, for the game-winner.
Nelson had a tough time, throwing a pair of interceptions and completing just 17-of-40 passes for 250 yards. But he also made plays when it counted most and struck for three touchdown passes.
The recipient of all of those scoring strikes was Cody Hoffman, who proved to be a hard cover for BYU's Conference-USA opponent, the Golden Hurricane (8-5). Hoffman finished with 122 yards on eight receptions.
Tulsa's Bryan Burnham made an impact, catching four balls for 115 yards and a touchdown. Golden Hurricane quarterback G.J. Kinne threw three touchdowns while going 16-of-30 for 191 yards, and had no interceptions.
Both defenses held the other team's rushing attack to a minimum. BYU managed 93 yards rushing, while Tulsa had just 37 yards on the ground.
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