BYU vs. Georgia Tech: Mo Moments

The Brigham Young Cougars were able to control the momentum for most of the game as they dismantled Georgia Tech, 41-17. Dominating defense, consistent offense, and big special teams plays gave BYU the edge in mo moments 5-1.

Mo Moment 1
After returning very few kickoffs the first half of the season, BYU had struggled the last two weeks on kickoff returns against Oregon State and Notre Dame. BYU made switch in personnel. Punt returner JD Falslev replaced Joe Sampson. All Falslev did was return the opening kickoff 44 yards.

Momentum swing! Starting the game on the right foot was huge for BYU. The momentum from that big special teams play helped carry the offense 65 yards in 12 plays and scored on a 6-yard touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead.

Mo Moment 2
Following the touchdown, the BYU defense stopped the Georgia Tech offense in just five plays. The Cougar O had a golden opportunity to take control of the game with another long, ball-control drive that could possibly end with BYU taking a 14-0 lead. Thanks to an illegal formation penalty, BYU was facing a 3rd and 4 at its own 15-yard line. Under pressure, Riley Nelson threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

Momentum shift! Just like that, it was a tie game. Georgia Tech had not started the game well, but they were right in the game. It was like hitting the reset button. After looking so good on the first drive, the BYU offense made two mistakes. Was the first drive a fluke? Was Nelson going to turn into a turnover machine? These questions and others could have caused BYU to mentally implode.

Mo Moment 3
BYU moved the ball a little following the pick-6, but had to punt. The Cougar D got the ball right back, however, without allowing a first down. On the first play following Georgia Tech’s punt, Nelson rolled left, pulled up, and threw deep for Ross Apo. Apo took a huge hit, but made the catch for 43-yards.

Momentum shift! It was Apo’s longest catch of the season. It was like getting a huge monkey off your back, for both Apo and Nelson. It also moved the ball all the way to the Georgia Tech 15-yard line. Three plays later, BYU took the lead, for good, with a touchdown run.

Mo Moment 4
BYU was unable to put together back-to-back scoring drives after Georgia Tech missed a field goal. The BYU defense made another quick stop without allowing a first down and forced the Yellow Jackets to punt. On the punt, Kyle Van Noy got enough penetration to block the punt.

Momentum boost! With a short field, just 13-yards away from the end zone, BYU quickly put seven more points on the board to take a commanding 21-7 lead.

Mo Moment 5
Georgia Tech appeared to seize some momentum with a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to close the lead back to a touchdown, 21-14. That opportunity for a momentum shift was lost when JD Falslev returned the ensuing kickoff 42 yards.

Momentum boost! With 4:22 to play in the first half, BYU was in position to score one last time before the break. BYU moved down to the Georgia Tech 6-yard line in six plays. The drive stalled, but BYU was able to add three more points with a field goal and take a 24-14 lead with 23 seconds to play.

Mo Moment 6
BYU drove the length of the field on its first possession of the second half only to have the drive stall inside the Georgia Tech 10-yard line and a field goal attempt miss. After Georgia Tech took over, the Cougar defense forced an obvious passing situation. Daniel Sorensen jumped on the ball and intercepted the Yellow Jacket pass at the 28-yard line.

Momentum boost! Sorensen returned the ball to the 2-yard line. BYU punched the ball in for a touchdown two plays later. The commanding 31-14 lead with 3:37 put the game unofficially out of reach. Georgia Tech got desperate. They benched their starting quarterback. 

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