About 3 min left in the game. The entire second half has been...ridiculously frustrating to say the least. The LEAST! Brian Johnson - dude - seriously it's a love/hate relationship. Sometimes the man pulls through - and sometimes I want to pull HIM through something tiny and spiked. The score stood at 21 Oregon 20 Utah for the last quarter and a half. Now, after Oregon's touchdown and field goal with 3 min left in the game, the score stands at Oregon 28, Utah 20. Sigh. Yes. And as mentioned - about 3:00 left in the game. I want you to remember that. 3. Minutes. I'll admit I didn't have much hope. But, never the less, I continued to watch.
What happened next was pure amazingness. That's right I said AMAZINGNESS. The Utes drove down the field. Brian found his game again! A 25 yard touchdown pass to Godfrey brought the Utes up to 26 vs Oregons 28. Now...for the 2 pt conversion. First try - a no go. Hopes sank - but a late flag on the play and a pass interference call against Oregon gave the Utes a second chance. Johnson ran the ball in for the 2 point conversion giving the Utes a 28-28 score. Now for the magical defense to play their part - and 1:29 remaining. If there's one thing the Utes can handle it's DE-FENCE! They held strong and received excellent field position from the punt. Now all the Utes have to do is get our secret weapon, our GEM!, or constant, the All-American kicker Louie Sakoda, in field goal range. The offense pulled it off and brought Sakoda within 37 yards of the End Zone. A cake walk for a kicker like Sakoda! With 2 seconds - 2 SECONDS!!! - left on the clock - Sakoda made the game winning field goal and brought the Utes VICTORY! WHAT. A. COMEBACK! It was Pandemonium at Rice Eccles Stadium (where I wanted to be)! I was jumping around and trying to subdue my yelps of complete amazement and utter JOY alone at The Mansion. I'd just witnessed the completely unexpected! It was the first real happiness and excitement I'd experienced in a loooooong time. Thank you, Utes! Thank you.
Caps off to Louie Sakoda! The Hero of the Utah Utes!!!! We're not going away anytime soon BYU...so you better prepare for November...prepare REAL good.
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