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LINCOLN, Neb. — All Cougar fans know all about the Miracle Bowl and John Beck to Jonny Harline, but now they get to add Big Red Reception to the annals of BYU football history following BYU's 33-28 win Saturday.
BYU played the Nebraska Cornhuskers close all game and even led by 10 at one point behind the familiar antics of quarterback Taysom Hill.
Taysom Hill already 5/8 for 108 yards to go with that rushing TD with 2:50 left in the first quarter. #Huskers — Greg Smith (@GregSmithSports) September 5, 2015
Hill looked pretty sharp, but he was limping after his second TD. Freshman QB Tanner Mangum took a couple of snaps and looked good for the Cougars, but BYU fans breathed a sigh of relief when Hill trotted back onto the field.
Hill got a nice TD through the air as he hit big Mitch Mathews wide open in the end zone.
Taysom Hill TD pass to Mitch Matthews 24-14 #BYU leads #Nebraska. Late in 2Q #BYUFOOTBALL#BYUvsNEB — Ron Futrell (@RonFutrell) September 5, 2015
While that TD was great, it was the Terenn Houk catch that set the social media universe on fire.
Here is the great catch by Terenn Houk in the 2nd quarter against Nebraska #BYUvsNEBhttps://t.co/VsuLRa2GqN — Jeremiah Jensen (@JJSportsBeat) September 5, 2015
Terren Houk is playing his best game as a Cougar. Consistent after his opening drop. — Jared Smith (@JaredtheCougrFn) September 5, 2015
We can talk about the Cougar defense being inconsistent. We could talk about a lack of execution on offense following defensive turnovers. We could even talk about poor clock management and using up time outs, but that's not what we're interested in is it?
Let's talk about Mangum coming in and winning a huge game for BYU.
Right out the gate Mangum looked solid.
Pretty stoked about Tanner Mangum. Looked SOLID on three downs! #BYUvsNEB — Scott Christopher (@LevityEffect) September 5, 2015
Mangum was making smart plays and hitting receivers, but it was the last drive with less than a minute to play that will get him into the BYU history books.
With one second left Mangum hurled the ball near the 50-yard line and hit Mathews for the game-winning TD as time expired. As you can imagine, people immediately fell in love with him.
Holy Freaking Cow!!!!! Tanner Mangum is one replay away from legend status. — David James (@DavidDJJames) September 5, 2015
The legend of Tanner Mangum begins — KYLE F GUNTHER (@GuntherKFAN) September 5, 2015
And the legend of Tanner Mangum begins......... #BYUfootball#BYU — Vic So'oto (@sooto_vic) September 5, 2015
#BYU wins on a HAIL MARY. Tanner Mangum is an instant all-time great. Expect the behind-the-scenes story at Deseret Book in 10 years. — Andrew Adams (@AndrewAdamsKSL) September 5, 2015
A new BYU LEGEND is born in @tannermangum — Jason Shepherd (@jsnshep) September 5, 2015
Let's not forget Mathews who did a lot of the work on that play.
Tanner Mangum & Mitch Matthews are my heros. The most amazing @BYU win I've ever seen. @cougars#BYUvsNEB#MangumMiracle#sportscenter — Donny Osmond (@donnyosmond) September 5, 2015
Let's take another look at it, shall we?
Video: BYU beats Nebraska on Tanner Mangum's Hail Mary to Mitch Mathews #BYUvsNEBhttps://t.co/413XgAk4rl — Jeremiah Jensen (@JJSportsBeat) September 5, 2015
Yes, Mathews and Tanner Mangum are likely going to have big weeks on BYU's campus. At least @LordTaylorField thinks so.
https://t.co/hXKEBSmTV7 — T-Field (@LordTaylorField) September 5, 2015
While all of this was amazing and sent Cougar nation into a frenzy, we should take a moment to remember the real highlight of the game. That would be the moment Houk hugged the ref after the win.
#BYU WR #TerrenHouk hugging the ref after successful #HailMary against #Nebraska is amazing! #PureJoy#UpsetAlertpic.twitter.com/R9DGKWjucg — Catrina (@kasadena23) September 5, 2015
Terren Houk can't contain his excitement - hugs the referee. #BYUFootballhttps://t.co/VcWuJ5mpXO — The Blue Brethren (@BlueBrethren) September 5, 2015
The Big Red Reception will go down in BYU history and so will the Hug It Out Houk celebration.
The Cougars have their home opener next week as they take on rival Boise State.
Also, there's this just for fun.
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