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Both #23 BYU (8-2, 6-0) and Utah (8-3, 5-2) entered this game with high hopes riding large winning streaks. The game started off slow as two top 20 defenses displayed their talent by forcing several punts and turnovers. By halftime, the BYU offense had kicked into gear and had racked up 176 yards to Utah's 33.
However, their lead was only 3-0. BYU held the lead until the first touchdown of the game was scored by Utah with 94 seconds remaining in the game, at which point the score was 10-9. Shortly thereafter, the Cougars were facing a 4th-and-18 on their own 12 yard line and were in need of a miracle to avoid a heartbreaking loss in a game they had dominated on the stat sheet. At this point a scrambling Max Hall completed a 49 yard pass to Austin Collie. The drive was capped by an 11 yard touchdown run by Harvey Unga and BYU held on to secure an outright MWC conference championship by winning yet another down-to-the-wire battle with their rival to the north.
After the game, when asked whether he felt the Cougars were lucky to convert on the 4th-and-18, Collie responded by saying: "When you're doing what's right on and off the field, I think the Lord steps in and plays a part. Magic happens."