This delirium naturally followed a palpitation of the heart. BYU’s slot machine offense and dazzling a quarterback, Zach Wilson, put aside a night he spent molested and slowed down, spending the final 55 seconds of the game moving from their own 9-yard line to the other’s 18 Change side. Then the game ended on a dramatic piece fit for a crowd bigger than the allotted 5,000, a piece that Steve McNair, Kevin Dyson and Mike Jones conjured up in that Rams-Titans Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta earlier in the century.
Wilson tossed a pass to Dax Milne in the right diamond, who caught him around the 3 and moved towards the end zone just to stand around the 1. Then he was jerked back by Mateo Sudipo in a Hercules curve around the waist near the 2. a 195 pound red shirt newbie security from Wake Forest, NC
That sent the Chanticleers out into the field gleefully, sending the kinetic defensive end Jeffrey Gunter to “one of the best feelings I’ve ever felt” and “pure joy,” and sending their sophomore coach exuberantly to the interview mic. “There are no words that can explain it!” Jamey Chadwell, a native Tennessean in her early 40s, said on ESPN. “You know, we’ve heard all week that we’re being killed! We are not big enough. We are not ready. ”
Also heard was an offensive lineman, Trey Carter, who estimated that the pre-game Chatter only mentioned the Chanticleers about “10 percent” of the time. Now they’re 10-0 and the only undefeated FBS team in South Carolina to have fed up in the past Clemson years. “If you’ve seen the game,” Carter said, “we can of course play with BYU on the scrimmage line.”
With this “little guy”, who mainly referred to the offensive line in casual conversations, the little guys ruled. They helped own the soccer ball for 37:51 of the 60 minutes. They pushed their way into the BYU defense to get 94 yards in 17 games and a whopping 9:05 in the first quarter for a 6-0 lead and 85 yards in 13 games and a cool 6-6 lead on the third and fourth Place to score quarter for a 22-17 lead. They helped a quick muscle knot of a 5-foot-10 rewind, CJ Marable, dash 23 times for 132 yards, including a six-yard touchdown for the first result and a two-yard run for the last. They helped the Chanticleers win the rushing battle between 281 and 165, even as BYU won the 405 to 366 total length, even when coastal quarterback Grayson McCall graced the field with harshness, not to mention eye black that roamed almost his entire face .
However, those BYU sums didn’t look what they might have been. The 17 points went to a team that averaged 47 points in the first nine games. The 405 yards went to a team averaging 535.8. Wilson, whose name had teamed up in sentences near the word “Heisman” in a soaring season, often looked closer to the average, going for 240 yards, a touchdown and a forgivable interception on a Hail Mary at 19 for before half time 30. The Chanticleers bothered him repeatedly, and a bunch of his problems came from Gunter, a defensive end of the Sun Belt.
All of this made BYU exemplify the adage about good deeds that never go unpunished. The Cougars (9-1) had started the season on a schedule that included two Pac-12 teams, two Big Ten teams, and an SEC team, all of which were scrapped amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sports director Tom Holmoe carefully rebuilt the schedule until the team reached 9-0 and were still looking for more games.
When the planned clashes between Liberty (9-1) and Coastal Carolina this season shared the same fate as more than 100 college football games ravaged by the raging virus and, in this particular case, canceled, BYU stepped in. Eager to Prove Its Place The CFP ranking has been classified as minor. Traveling to a strange land 1,840 miles away, she held on to her vow that she would play anyone anywhere.
Then it was in the middle of someone else’s night, after someone else’s College GameDay. “At our level,” said Chadwell, “you can’t experience that much, or often, or hardly ever. We had fun the other day: Coach [Willy] Korn played for me [a decade ago], Trainer [Newland] Isaac was a [graduate assistant] for me we were all with [Division II] North Greenville in Tigerville, South Carolina, and we sit here and watch GameDay on TV and we can turn around [toward] outside and watch them outside! It was surreal. . . . It was one of those days that you will remember for a long time, personally and professionally. “
He will remember how his team survived two BYU touchdowns in the second quarter, a 42-yard touchdown through a Mack truck hole from Tyler Allgeier, and a 41-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Milne down the left Sideline would prove to be insufficient. And he’ll remember how his team kept BYU goalless for more than 27 minutes of play until one final upswing where Chadwell said, “I got really nervous.”
Wilson hit Gunner Romney for 33, Allgeier for 12, Milne for 15 in the middle with a seven second lead, Milne for 13 daring on the left sideline with three seconds lead, then Milne for 17 yards until a young Sudipo from an upstart program dragged Milne into a meaningful tackle down to the teal in one strange season.