A Bowl To Appreciate

BYU Game-Winning TD

What better way to show appreciation for the U-S military then putting on one of the more exciting bowl games in a while.

The 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl between Tulsa and BYU was a punch-counter punch the entire game. And it all came down to last two minutes, a treat for the real heroes, the military.

BYU ended a dramatic comeback with a fake spike by quarterback Riley Nelson that resulted in a winning touchdown pass with 11 seconds on the clock to give the Cougars a 24-21 win.

Nelson, who saw former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino pull off the same play as a kid, rushed his team up to the line as the clock started winding down. He then acted like he was going to spike the ball to stop the clock, but instead turned to his right and found Cody Hoffman in the corner of the end zone for the game-winner. That play, which left the Tulsa defense in shock, capped off a 48-yard drive in the final minutes of the game.  

Hoffman, named the game’s most outstanding player for BYU, finished his afternoon with 122 yards receiving and three TD’s. Nelson, who took over during the season after leading the Cougars to a comeback win, threw for 250 yards, three TD’s and two interceptions.GJ Kinne TD

On the Tulsa side, the outcome overshadowed a good performance from Hurricane quarterback G.J. Kinne. The Gilmer, Texas native threw for 214 yards and three TD’s, including a 30-yard rainbow pass to Bryan Burham with just over 10 minutes left in the 4th to give Tulsa a 21-17 lead.

The defense on both sides played extremely well, led by Hurricane defensive back Dexter McCoil. McCoil had two interceptions on the day, and a third one was nullified by a penalty. The offensive numbers on both sides weren’t eye popping because the defense showed up to play.

Tulsa had their chances to take control of the game, but a missed field goal and a fumbled punt kept BYU within striking distance.  BYU ended their season 10-3, while Tulsa finishes 8-5.

The Armed Forces Bowl, which was held this year at SMU’s Ford Stadium in Dallas, returns to TCU’s campus in Fort Worth next year.  TCU usually plays host to the bowl game but Amon G. Carter Stadium is currently undergoing renovations.

Written by C. James


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