So, my Mom and Dad gave me a ticket to the BYU vs Oklahoma football game, for my birthday. My Dad also got a ticket so that he could fly down with me. The game was being played in the new Dallas Cowboy Stadium, so it was going to be quite the experience, win or lose. It's the very first real football game to be played in the stadium. The Cowboys played a preseason game in it before.
My Dad and I set flight Friday night to make it down there. We booked a hotel for the weekend and also rented a car. Before the trip, my Dad asked me what the chances of BYU winning were. I responded "slim to none". That was the feeling of almost any fan.
Saturday morning, we headed to Six Flags Over Texas to enjoy the day before the game. It was nice because it kept our minds off of the game and we were able to enjoy some of the raddest roller coasters. The lines were incredibly short, so we were able to ride about every roller coaster there. We rode one called "Titan" twice at the end. It climbs at the beginning and has an immediate 255-foot drop into a 120 foot dark tunnel. It's incredible! Forces of up to 4.5 G's are sustained for several seconds. Both times I remember nearly blacking out.
Back to the Game - We parked at Six Flags for both the theme park and the game. We walked about 1/2 mile to the stadium.
So, I have to tell you about the stadium. We walked through the hot sun and humidity and it just got more and more miserable. When you get within 5 feet of the stadium, you can feel the cold air pouring out and hitting you. Yes, the dome stadium is fully air conditioned! So, we were able to enjoy the whole game without the heat bothering us. We also got our own individual seat, even though we were on the 4th floor near the top. The screen is 159ft. 7in. long. It's in HD quality and was just amazing!! Anywhere you sit in the stadium, it's not a bad seat. Here are a couple pictures to show how incredible it was.
The game started and BYU held tough. The defense was very impressive throughout the entire game! Max Hall had a great game as well! He had a few mistakes, but he recovered. Harvey Unga (RB) was unable to play the game and we knew that would hurt the Cougars. At Halftime, the score was 10-7 in favor of Oklahoma. Keep in mind that BYU was a 22 point underdog. Sam Bradford, Oklahoma's Heisman winning QB, got hit really hard on a play right before halftime. He landed awkwardly on his shoulder, sending him out of the remainder of the game. The injury was unfortunate, but the hit was incredible. The defense remained tough.
The second half began and BYU held strong. Oklahoma kicked a field goal to put them up 13-7 entering the 4th quarter. BYU got the ball with just under 12 minutes left. This was it for them. They needed to make big plays here. There drive was nearing an end when they failed to convert on 3rd down. They faced a 4th and 4 and decided to do a hurry up play to throw off the defense. Max hiked the ball and dropped back. He quickly found Dennis Pitta for a huge play down the middle. They were within scoring range. A few plays later, Max Hall found RM Mckay Jacobson in the back of the endzone WIDE OPEN! With the extra point, it put BYU up 14-13! The defense held again and BYU pulled off one of the greatest upsets in BYU history!
What an incredible game and the trip was even better with a BYU win. My Dad and I had a blast doing everything we did! I couldn't have asked for a better birthday present!