Let me take you back to November 25th, 2006. BYU had won 8 games in a row after starting the season 1-2. They were taking that eight game winning streak on the road to Rice-Eccles Stadium to face Utah, who had beaten the Cougars four years in a row.
The Cougars ended up being down by four points with 1:19 remaining. They started a drive at their own 25 yard-line, and used big passes to Bryce Mahuika, Jonny Harline, and McKay Jacobson to get down to the Utah 11 yard-line. With only 3 seconds remaining, John Beck took the final snap of the game, and held the ball for what seemed like an eternity (12 seconds) until he finally found the wide-open Jonny Harline in the endzone for the game-winning touchdown. The Cougars won the game 33-31.
Can’t quite remember it? Watch below:
To this day, that play remains one of my all-time favorite. I was really excited when I saw that the game had been put into a picture book, “The Answered Prayer,” by Last Second Miracles. The book brings the play alive for parents and children alike – and I certainly enjoy any opportunity to share BYU football with my daughter.
- Thursday, September 15th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Lehi Costco
- Saturday, September 17th from 12:00-2:00pm at the Orem Costco
This is an amazing opportunity to get yourself a great tribute to BYU history, along with the signature of Jonny Harline! Taking your kids along with you will also give them a great personal connection to the text as they meet the man that made the miracle catch. I wish I lived close enough to Utah to be able to make it to the signing (and the game!), but I do hope that many of you will take advantage of this great opportunity to meet Jonny Harline in person.