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12.30.11 Dallas, Texas (Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Att. 30,258) 

Linescore 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
  BYU 3 7 7 7 24
  Tulsa 7 7 0 7 21

BYU won its fifth bowl game in six years with a 24-21 comeback victory over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The Cougars struggled for much of the game on offense but gritted out the last-second victory. Quarterback Riley Nelson led BYU with 4:18 on the clock, trailing 21-17 to a game-winning drive. Facing a 4th-and-9 situation, Nelson scampered for 14 yards to give the Cougars a new set of downs at the Tulsa 33-yard line. After getting BYU to the 2-yard line, Nelson faked a clock-stopping ball spike and instead threw to an open Cody Hoffman standing past the goalline for the winning score with :11 seconds left on the clock. The play became known as "Red Alert." The Cougars fell behind 14-3 in the second quarter but received a big special teams play to get themselves back in the game. Deep snapper Reed Hornung was the first player down the field on a punt with :25 seconds left until halftime and helped cause Tulsa's returner to fumble and BYU recovered at the Tulsa 17-yard line. Offensive lineman Matt Reynolds became the next hero, springing Nelson with a huge block, all with no helmet on. Nelson was able to scramble just long enough with Reynolds' block to find Hoffman for a 17-yard score to cut Tulsa's lead to 14-10 just before the half. The Cougars took the lead at 17-14 with under two minutes left in the third quarter but surrendered it back in the fourth quarter. Punt returner JD Falslev returned a punt 22-yards to set up BYU's game-winning drive at the Tulsa 48-yard line. Special teams played a huge part in the victory with Falslev's returns, Hornung's strip and forced fumble and punter Riley Stephenson had a career day. The junior had eight punts for 335 yards, including seven inside the 20 and two of 50 or more yards. Stephenson was named to ESPN's All-Bowl team with the performance.

Complete Box Score

Team Stat Comparison
    BYU   TLS
1st Downs 18 15
Passing 1st Downs 11 10
Rushing 1st Downs 7 2
1st Downs from Penalties 0 3
3rd Down Efficiency 8-21 6-16
4th Down Efficiency 2-2 0-0
Total Yards 344 272
Passing 250 235
Comp-Att-Int 17-40-2 18-32-0
Average per attempt 6.3 7.3
Average per completion 14.7 13.1
Rushing 94 37
Rush Attempts 40 27
Yards per attempt 2.4 1.4
Red Zone (Made-Att) 3-3 2-3
Penalties 5-60 1-5
Turnovers 3 3
Fumbles lost 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Posession 35:24 24:36
Sacks 3-20 3-18
PAT Kicks 3-3 3-3
Field Goals 1-1 0-1


Scoring Summary
First Quarter BYU TLS
TD 09:51 JOHNSON,R. 8 Yd Pass From KINNE,G.J. (FITZPATRICK,K. Kick) 0 7
FG 00:17 Justin Sorensen 35 Yd 3 7
Second Quarter BYU TLS
TD 08:45 SEARS,Clay 14 Yd Pass From KINNE,G.J. (FITZPATRICK,K. Kick) 3 14
TD 00:12 Cody Hoffman 17 Yd Pass From Riley Nelson (Justin Sorensen Kick) 10 14
Third Quarter BYU TLS
TD 01:41 Cody Hoffman 30 Yd Pass From Riley Nelson (Justin Sorensen Kick) 17 14
Fourth Quarter BYU TLS
TD 10:42 BURNHAM,B. 30 Yd Pass From KINNE,G.J. (FITZPATRICK,K. Kick) 17 21
TD 00:11 Cody Hoffman 2 Yd Pass From Riley Nelson (Justin Sorensen Kick) 24 21