November 24, 2000—The Brigham Young Cougars entered this game 5-6 and the Utah Utes were 4-6. Not the records you would expect for two teams about to play one of the greatest games in the history of this rivalry. The fact that this was legendary head coach LaVell Edwards’ final game on the sidelines helped offset the losing records.
Playing in his home town of Salt Lake City, Brandon Doman was starting his second career game at quarterback for BYU, and he got off on the wrong foot. He threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown on the first series of the game. Doman and BYU were able to settle down and turned the 7-0 deficit into a 26-10 lead in the third quarter after a 36-yard Doman to Mike Rigell touchdown. That lead evaporated in the fourth quarter as Utah made a quarterback substitution and sent in Darnell Arceneaux to take Lance Rice’s place.
Owen Pochman kicked four field goals (one shy of tying his own school record for most field goals in a game)
With less than two minutes to play, BYU found itself down 27-26 and facing 4th and 13 on its own 17 yard line. Doman dropped back to pass and heaved a prayer that was caught by Jonathan Pittman near midfield. The very next play, Doman threw another bomb to Pittman down the sideline. All of a sudden, BYU was in scoring position. Two plays later, Doman plunged across the goal line for a four-yard touchdown run that won the game, and sent Edwards out on a high note.
Doman finished the day a modest 16 of 29 for 284 yards with one TD and one int. He was also the team’s leading rusher with 39 yards on 18 carries, and the all-important game winning touchdown. Pittman’s two huge grabs helped him eclipse the 100 yard receiving mark (4 receptions for 117 yards).
As the sun set on Edwards’ legendary coaching career, the sun rose on Doman’s legendary, albeit brief, stint as BYU’s quarterback.
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