BYU took a chance. On only a couple days notice, the Cougars agreed to play No. 18 Coastal Carolina on the opposite side of the country.
What was at stake? An undefeated record and a potential spot in the College Football Playoff. It was a risk worth taking, but it did not pay off for BYU.
The Chanticleers pulled an amazing 22-17 upset to stay perfect. The Cougars, on the other hand, fell to 9-1 after coming up just shy of an impressive come-from-behind victory.
With no time left on the clock, BYU quarterback Zach Wilson completed a 16-yard pass to receiver Max Dilne. Unfortunately, he was tackled two yards short of the goal line, which secured that 22-17 final score for Coastal Carolina.
Check out just how close this came to being an epic comeback.
Coastal Carolina edges out BYU to stay undefeated 👀
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 6, 2020
Brutal way for BYU to have its Playoff chances end. It was respectable for them to take on this game at the last minute, but that kind of travel with that little preparation was a losing recipe.
Surprisingly, the game didn’t have the quarterback battle many had expected. Wilson and Coastal quarterback Grayson McCall combined for 325 yards through the air. McCall didn’t have a touchdown or an interception, while Wilson had one of each.
Instead, it was the run game for both teams. The Chanticleers totaled 281 yards and three scores on the ground while BYU added 165 yards and a score.
What a win for @CoachChadwell and Coastal Carolina. Wow, incredible ending. Hell of a game. Props to BYU for taking this game.
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