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Wild finish gets wacky when Ute fan confronts BYU's Mendenhall

By Graydon Johns | Posted - Sep. 17, 2012 at 12:44 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — What a wild and wacky finish to the BYU/Utah rivalry game on Saturday.

The game was a complete mess, but was filled with so much drama and emotion.

The game looked over three different times, but wasn't officially a Utah win until Riley Stephenson's kick hit the upright and Ute fans could justifiably storm the field (for a third time).

Unfortunate fan behaviorOne of those fans unfortunately thought it was appropriate to confront and heckle Bronco Mendenhall as the BYU head coach headed off the field flanked by two police officers.

But, instead of ignoring the fan Bronco turned and headed right for him. The heckler promptly put his tail between his legs and bolted - white suspenders and all.

Not sure what he was thinking, but remember Ute fans, it was your behavior which gave BYU an extra crack at a game-tying field goal.

Can you imagine if that kick went through the uprights?

Look at the bright side

But while Utah fans can cherish the victory for another year, BYU fans are looking for the silver lining.

And leave it up to BYUtv to find the bright side with the Cougars' Top 5 plays from Saturday's contest.

BYU receiver Cody Hoffman was a highlight reel all by himself, finishing with eight catches for 120 yards, a touchdown and two plays in the Top 5, including the catch on 4th and 12.

Keep your chins up Cougar fans. Boise State is up next.

Absurd game-winner

Speaking of Boise State... the end of the Western Kentucky/Kentucky game reminded many of the Broncos' win over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

Who knew absurd drama would come out of the Western Kentucky/Kentucky game on Saturday. Except for those living in Kentucky, I'm pretty sure nobody else was paying attention.

And too bad.

Down a point in overtime after scoring a touchdown, Western Kentucky decides to go for two points. And that's when the fun begins.

Quarterback Kawuan James passes to receiver Antonio Andrews who then returns the favor and passes it back to Jakes who trots in untouched for the game-winning two-point conversion.

Awesome.

Proper Etiquette?

Etiquette in the NFL? Seems silly in a game where dudes are smashing into each other, but lesson learned from the Giants/Buccaneers game Sunday.

Up 41-34 with the ball and and with just seconds to go Eli Manning and his Giants go into the "victory formation" to run out the clock.

But the Bucs would have none of it. On the snap of the ball, the Tampa Bay players busted through the line to try and force a fumble.

Instead, it knocked over Manning and infuriated Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, who cursed at Bucs rookie coach Greg Schiano during the post-game handshake and and called it "unprofessional" in the post-game press conference.

Manning said it was "a cheap shot."

Schiano, the former Rutgers coach, said his team was just playing to the final whistle and it was not dirty.

You be the judge.

Jimmer Fredette of Sacramento is greeted as he is introduced before the Sacramento Kings face the Utah Jazz. (Ravell Call/Deseret News)
Jimmer Fredette of Sacramento is greeted as he is introduced before the Sacramento Kings face the Utah Jazz. (Ravell Call/Deseret News)

Jimmer saves a lifeOkay, not really, but he answered a desperate Tweet from a passionate fan.

@Drizzy3535 tweeted "Im gonna get a retweet from @jimmerfredette even if it kills me! Dude like my role model ladies & gentleman!"

So, being the true gentleman he is, Jimmer Fredette promptly replied, ""Don't Die!"

The NBA player is also a comedian.

Fredette will be in town Tuesday signing copies of his new book.

Fredette will be at the Downtown Salt Lake City Deseret Book store from 7-9 p.m. He'll also be at the BYU Bookstore from 3-5 p.m. and University Mall from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Kings guard will also be a guest on Cougar Sports Saturday this upcoming weekend on KSL NewsRadio.

Graydon Johns

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