Wednesday, February 6, 2008

BYU 17, UCLA 16 - The Rematch!

My Dad and I travelled down to Las Vegas without the rest of the family this time. We were really excited to get down there. No, we did not ride our motorcycles down. :)

We stopped in Mesquite and went to a little tailgate party. The BYU bookstore was there giving flags to each car, so we picked one up. We also bought a few more for our bikes next year.

We stopped by our hotel and checked in real quick. We stayed at the Las Vegas Club hotel on Fremont St. It was a nice hotel and we got a $4 buffet with it. So, we went to the buffet right after that.

Right before the game we stopped by Circus Circus for the 2nd annual face painting. The picture explains it all.

My Dad and I had seats on the 9th row this time, so we could see a little bit more, but we still had to guess the yardage at times. We were right next to the band. In fact, we were so close that the picture you see was taken by a band member. I was getting very frustrated at the band. The instructor would blow the whistle during the plays and there were times that we thought the ref was calling the play dead. Then there were times that the band was playing while we were trying to hike it. That helped our O-Line hear the snap. One play it even caused a false start. Enough ranting about the band.

We took an early lead, but toward the end the game was so close, again! A dumb playcall at the end of the first half gave UCLA the ball off of a fumble and an opportunity to get back in the game. They took that opportunity and were successful. At the end of the game, UCLA had the ball and they were only down 16-17. They made a huge play to give them field goal position with little time left in the game. They lined up for the field goal and the crowd was loud. At this point, I'm not going to lie, I was thinking about how I was going to make it out of that stadium. I clasped my hands together as if I was praying and just hoped and wished. The ball was snapped... the kicker ran... and the ball was BLOCKED!! From our view you could see the tip and the ball start to fade. I started running toward the field and realized we had Binocculars. I ran back to help my Dad pick them up and we ran down to the field. Our aisle went straight down onto the field, so it was really easy. That was the end! We enjoyed the celebration on the field and kept saying "I can't believe it!". Matt Allen (BYU WR) gave a speech and asked "How many of you doubted, for a second, that we would block that?" My Dad and I just looked around and sort of whistled to ourselves as everyone else cheered. I know that everyone doubted it. If anything, that's a for sure win, especially when your kicker was on all game.

We spent the night in the hotel and headed back home after the game. Again, what a game!!

BYU 48, SDSU 27

This game was supposed to be played earlier in the season, but since there were wildfires in San Diego, the game was postponed to December. This game was the second game that was on the MTN that wasn't a home game. The last regular season game!
My sister Kathryn hosted the game at her house, since she has the MTN. We all went over there and had some good food and enjoyed the game.
It was an expected win, so we were into it, but knew what the outcome would be. BYU finished the regular season 10-2 and was invited to the Las Vegas bowl to play UCLA.

BYU 17, Utah 10

What an incredible game!! November 24th, 2007... the rivalry continues!

This year they began the Deseret First Duel. BYU or Utah is awarded points if they win a game, in multiple sports. The football game is worth 10 points, so it's a big deal. There are 64 points between all of the events.

Brian came to the game with me and we enjoyed every bit of it. At least this time I invited Brian, it didn't rain. The curse was broken. The weather was great for a November game!

The game was too close the entire time. BYU was up a majority of the game. With just over a minute left, Utah jumped up 10-9. Yeah, sound familiar? BYU got the ball and Max Hall was sacked. There were also two incompletions. This set BYU up at a 4th and 18 play. BYU fans were feeling helpless at this point and it was hard not to lose faith. On the 4th down play, Max Hall felt a rush. He ducked his head to miss a player that was trying to sack him. At this point, nobody could really see Max because he was crouched behind a bunch of players. The Utah defensive back, Bryce McCain, thought that Max was sacked and sort of gave up on the play. This left Austin Collie wide open down the field. Max came out of the group of players and the crowd got excited. He took a few steps and lobbed it down to Austin Collie. The pass was a little short, but that just gave Austin an opportunity to turn around and pull in the pass. The crowd erupted as Cougar fans were given a new hope. The plays after that were all great. There were a few penalties called on the Utah defense that gave BYU a lot of yardage. All of the penalties were correct and very fair. Harvey Unga was able to run the last play in for a Touchdown and we were back on top. At this point, I ran down toward the field because I was so excited! The next play was a pass to Austin Collie, right down the middle for the two point conversion. This put BYU up 17-10. Utah got the ball with a little time on the clock. They weren't able to do anything with the ball and that was the game. I ran out onto the field and celebrated with the team. What a game!!

BYU 35, Wyoming 10

This is one of two games that was on the MTN this year, that wasn't a home game. They were showing it at the University Mall theater, so I made my way to Orem to check it out.
They had two theaters that were showing the game and they were both pretty packed. I was really excited. My Mom came half way through the game. I should've called her before it started, but I wasn't thinking straight. We had a blast though. People would stand and sing the fight song after each score. We had our own cheers and everything. It felt like I was at a home game. It made it so worth it after we put up with this MTN deal for so long.
BYU pulled out another incredible victory. It's tough playing in Wyoming, but they made it a great game.

BYU 24, UNLV 14

Another game on motorcycles, but this time... all the way to Vegas! My Dad rode his bike with my Mom on the back and Kirk rode his with his wife Joy on the back. Brian and I both rode our bikes as well. In the picture you can see Brian, My Dad, and me. Joy took the picture with her cell phone from the back of Kirk's back. Pretty impressive.
What you are not able to see in the picture is how cold we were on the first leg of the trip. We rode to Fillmore and I couldn't feel my feet anymore. All I could think about was that when I exit the freeway, I'm not going to be able to shift gears. I had to lift my whole leg instead of just my foot.
We got to Maverick in Fillmore and warmed up. We all got a hot chocolate because nothing else sounded better.
After Fillmore, the drive was great. No more rain, so we dried off and the clouds started disappearing. In fact, once we hit St. George, we shed the layers and we were all in t-shirts. My Mom and Dad were smart and wore like 10 layers each.
We stayed in extended stay deluxe and had a pleasant time there. We always look for the cheapest hotels to stay in and this was it. We headed straight to the game after that.
Once we got to the game, emotions were running high again. We got parking right next to the stadium with our bikes, so that was cool. Remember that Nevada has a helmet law where EVERYBODY has to wear a helmet. (Kirk) ;)
We were on the second row of the endzone, so we were really close. It was funny though because we couldn't really see how many yards the team got when they made a play. We would guess after each play and see who was closest.
We were surrounded by UNLV fans and of course, a fight was starting. Nothing happened, but we were annoyed. Some comments were thrown around about religion and they told us to go back to our temple. *I don't think they know there is one in Vegas* :)
The game was close at certain points, but we pulled off a good game. It felt great after UNLV shut Utah out. It was a fun game and for me it was worth the drive.

BYU 31 Air Force 6

Another home game after two long weeks. At least I got to see BYU in LA. So, BYU had a key win this game that has set them at 2-2 for the season. Cougar fans were really worried, but I knew we would beat Air Force. AF barely beat Utah last week, so I knew we could take care of them.
My Dad, Mom, and brothers were able to ride our motorcycles to the game. It was a nice warm day, so we didn't have to worry much. It's nice to be able to get to the games quicker.