No. 14 BYU stares down all kinds of adversity, makes case for being a 'big-time team'

That’s the question college football fans far and wide, include many of its own, wanted answered as it faced the first legitimate threat to the Cougars’ perfect season.

Simply put, the Cougs could not stop UH quarterback Clayton Tune, whose pinpoint passing to mostly wide-open receivers and tight ends surpassed Wilson’s early efforts, and those were still pretty good.

Earlier in the half, Tyler Allgeier’s magnificent 45-yard catch and run for a touchdown was erased by a phantom block-in-the-back penalty on Clark Barrington.

But the Cougars plowed onward, something last year’s team couldn’t quite seem to master in close losses at Toledo, South Florida, San Diego State and Hawaii.

As far as the gambling on fourth down goes, as well as the onside kick that caught UH totally by surprise and was executed precisely by kicker Jake Oldroyd and backup receiver Talmage Gunther, he said it “sets the right mindset” for the players that “we want to go and grab the win.”

“We knew we couldn’t let him down,” said defensive tackle Zac Dawe, who came up with a huge fourth-quarter sack on Tune, two plays after linebacker Payton Wilgar dropped an interception that likely would have ended UH’s comeback hopes then and there.

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