VOTING RESULTS:

No. 3 seed: BYU 28, Air Force 21 (1985): 152 votes

No. 6 seed: BYU 47, Texas 6 (1988): 67 votes

(Voting closed 7/16/13)


It's time to determine the greatest BYU football game ever — and it's all up to you.

This matchup features the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds in the Home Games region, one enormous upset and one stunning blowout.

Which one will move on and which one will be eliminated? Be sure to cast your vote in the poll on the right side of the screen to decide which of these was the greater moment for BYU football.

Here is a look at today's matchup:

No. 3 seed

BYU 28, Air Force 21 (1985)

Records and AP ranking (entering the game): BYU 8-2 (No. 16), Air Force 10-0 (No. 4)

What happened: Only a year removed from a national championship, the Cougars had lost a pair of heartbreaking games while the Falcons appeared on their way to possibly duplicating the feat BYU had accomplished in 1984. Undefeated Air Force rolled to a 21-7 halftime lead but the Cougars rallied by scoring all three touchdowns in the second half. The Falcons had a chance in the final minutes but an interception in the end zone gave BYU the upset.

Signature play: Cougar return specialist Vai Sikahema changed the game with a 72-yard punt return in the third quarter, then caught a 69-yard pass from Bosco with under six minutes to go to put BYU in front for good.

What it meant: The Falcons could easily have had a chance to play for a national championship if they had beaten the Cougars. Instead, AFA had to settle for going 12-1 and being ranked No. 8. BYU finished the year at No. 16 after a third disappointing defeat to Ohio State in the Citrus Bowl.

 


No. 6 seed

BYU 47, Texas 6 (1988)

Records and AP ranking (entering the game): BYU 0-1 (NR), Texas 0-0 (No. 19)

What happened: After opening the year with a tough loss to Wyoming (where Ty Detmer tossed four interceptions), the Cougars appeared to be in danger of a second defeat when they took on the Longhorns. Instead, it was Texas that found themselves completely overwhelmed as Sean Covey threw for 323 yards and two touchdowns. The Cougar defense kept the Longhorns out of the end zone as the offense just kept pulling away.

Signature play: Covey kicked off the scoring by faking a reverse and finding Chuck Cutler all alone for an 81-yard touchdown in the first quarter. That set the tone for the contest and was the first of two TD catches for Cutler.

What it meant: Sparked by the dominating victory, the Cougars would eventually move into the Top 20 before closing out the season with three losses in four games. The Longhorns also endured a down year.

 


Jared Lloyd's Take

The victory over the unbeaten Falcons might be one of the most underrated wins in a BYU history. Air Force had dominated everyone but Notre Dame and everyone in front of them lost in the final weeks. The Cougar rally probably deserves a bigger place in the annals of BYU football history. The win over Texas may be one of the worst ever suffered by the Longhorns but neither team turned out to be that good.

The Pick: BYU 28, Air Force 21 (1985)

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-- Daily Herald sports editor Jared Lloyd is also the beat writer for the BYU football team, the columnist for the Cougar men’s basketball team and covers a variety of Utah Valley high school athletics. He can be followed on Twitter at @JaredrLloyd.
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Jared is the Sports Editor and BYU football reporter for the Daily Herald.