Un. Be. Lieveable.
Last weekend in Lincoln, BYU’s Tanner Mangum threw a Hail Mary with no time left on the clock to stun Nebraska. A week later, it’s lather, rinse, you’ve got to be ******* repeatin’ me.
With just under a minute remaining and trailing No. 20 Boise State by three, BYU was facing a fourth-and-seven from the Boise 35-yard line. One heave later — and it was literally a heave — the redshirt freshman Mangum somehow found Mitchell Juergens in the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown pass that gave the Cougars a stunning 28-24 lead.
The game wasn’t quite over as it was a week ago, though, as Mangum left the Broncos 45 seconds to perform its own miracle. It wasn’t to be for Boise as a Ryan Finley‘s first pass of the ensuing possession was intercepted by Kai Nacua and returned 50 yards for the game-icing score and a 35-24 win.
In his first career start, Mangum passed for 309 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He added another touchdown on the ground.
For a team holding Group of Five New Year’s Six bowl aspirations, it was a bitter loss to swallow for the Broncos, especially as they entered the fourth quarter up by 10 and seemingly in control. Despite that, Boise could never put them away, allowing the Cougars to hang around long enough for the Mangum Miracle Worker to do that thing he does best.
The loss also ended Boise’s 10-game winning streak, which had been second-best in the country.
BYU, meanwhile, is 2-0 and headed into what’s turned into a huge showdown with No. 13 UCLA. While they’re unranked at the moment, that should change for the Cougars later on today.