Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Overly-excited fans nearly cost Utah,
but the Utes held off 25th-ranked BYU, 24-21, Saturday night.
The Cougars (2-1) were backed up to their own 8 to start a drive with just
over a minute left. On 4th-and-12, Cody Hoffman got behind the defense and
caught a 47-yard pass down the right sideline to the Utah (2-1) 34.
Quarterback Riley Nelson killed the clock and then threw incomplete to the
left side. Fans rushed the field, but Nelson held up his finger pleading that
one second remained.
After a video review, BYU got its wish, and Justin Sorensen was called upon to
attempt a 51-yard field goal, which was blocked. But fans again stormed the
field before the play was over.
Officials huddled and penalized Utah 15 yards for a live ball foul, resulting
in one untimed play.
Riley Stephenson's 36-yard field goal attempt then clanked off the left
Moe Lee returned a fumble 47 yards for a score during a big third quarter for
the Utes, who also received a pair of passing touchdowns from Jon Hays.
Nelson had a pair of scoring tosses for the Cougars.
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