Early in Saturday's BYU-USC football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium, it looked like it was going to be a long afternoon for the home team as the Trojans drove easily down the field and scored a touchdown.
But two interceptions by the Cougar defense, and the offense moving the ball with a mixture of rushing and passing, lead to a 17-17 tie score at halftime.
Fans on Twitter were pleased with both sides of the ball for the Cougars.
The second half turned into a slugfest, as both teams moved the ball, but could not put points on the scoreboard.
In the fourth quarter USC scored on a controversial touchdown pass to Michael Pittman Jr. BYU responded with a score of its own, as Jake Oldroyd made a field goal to cut into the Trojan lead.
Add in a touchdown pass run from Zach Wilson and a responding 50-yard field goal from USC and the game headed to overtime.
In overtime, USC's defense held BYU to a field goal from Oldroyd, meaning BYU's defense had to hold strong. BYU ended the game on an interception, winning over the Trojans, 30-27.
As the fans stormed the field, BYU players and coaches could be seen hugging friends and family.
I think more BYU fans were in Knoxville....— Blue Brigham (@BYU_Gameday) September 14, 2019
This BYU defense getting EATEN ALIVE by USC.— Daniel Evans (@DanielRyanEvans) September 14, 2019
Cougies gotta bring some pressure. Slovis is way too comfortable— Cougies by 90 (@beanmace) September 14, 2019
This is going to be a blowout isn't it?— Brian Grimmett (@briangrimmett) September 14, 2019
I'm so tired of BYU getting embarrassed by top 25 teams. We used to at least have a chance in these games, but the talent gap is just too large in the past 5 - 10 years.
BYU better hope that Zach can be special today, cuz the Slov looked special to start— Brooks Harrison (@bdharrison53) September 14, 2019
Which uniform accessory will a BYU lineman toss this week?? Last week was a shoe... maybe this week we’ll get a whole helmet🤷🏽♀️😂— Another Ute Fan (@UteGirl1223) September 14, 2019
Payton Wilgar! Man, BYU could use him as a wide receiver. What an excellent catch on the INT...if it stands— Lafe Peavler (@LafePeavler) September 14, 2019
BYU with the "defensive" TD!— Phillip Morgan (@pjmorgan11) September 14, 2019
Overhearing USC fan at stadium: "Why does everyone have different blue colors. That's weird."— Teeps (@SportsGuyRyan) September 14, 2019
He's not wrong.
BYU coach out here c-walking 🤦🏽♂️— @executivechair (@executiveschair) September 14, 2019
GIVE ME ALL OF THE INTS WE LOVE THAT— Bai (@Baileygard_) September 14, 2019
BYU the only team that consistently loses yards running the wildcat— DISPOSEofFILTHYtrojans (@cougars09) September 14, 2019
Best part about playing BYU:— Chase Kayler (@ChaseKayler) September 14, 2019
You’ll never hear one of their fans cheering at the bar 😂
Gonna riot one of these days cause they keep screwing up who wins these commercial break games AND I AM INVESTED— ho'bo o'bo (@hobocita) September 14, 2019
Here at #LaVellEdwardsStadium with my parents & wife. BYU is a different team today. If you’d told me they’d be tied up with SC at half, I wouldn’t have believed you. They look like a legitimate 🏈 team today. I’m seeing so much promise. Let’s finish them @BYUfootball!! #BYUvsUSC pic.twitter.com/7BNX9LtAUQ— SCOTT WARNER (@ScottWarner18) September 14, 2019
Dayan !!!!!!!! Omg 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 stay on ya feet my boy !!!!!— Vic Damone III (@KINGxRETRO92) September 14, 2019
Those crazy mormons of BYU have given USC(the real USC) all they can handle. This stadium is wild not a non sober person in the house!!! USC won't have a harder road test all year!! Lets see if they can handle this late road test in a hostile environment! #USCvsBYU #crazymormons— T.J. Winter (@BuckyBisontiger) September 14, 2019
Awesome job sitake. Can’t get right guys on field for fg so call a timeout they go for it now and get it easy and then now they get a Td thanks for handing usc the win coach . We appreciate it . Players better not bitch about us fans . Y’all had every chance . #BYUvsUSC— Ty Jensen (@TyScottJensen) September 14, 2019
BYU has to ignore the refs and go make plays. Good call or bad call, it's all irrelevant. It's about moving forward now.— Jared Lloyd (@JaredrLloyd) September 14, 2019
BYUSC is the sexiest game of the day. Sexy sunlight, sexy unis, sexy venue. More of these, please.— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) September 14, 2019
There’s hardly a stadium more beautiful than this BYU field man...— Barstool SC (@BarstoolSC) September 14, 2019
There’s also probably no fan base whiter or more sober so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Seriously, if BYU beats USC, I’ll be really impressed by them and probably even more impressed by Utah.— Mac (@Mac_Jazz) September 14, 2019
I’m far from Mormon but damn (I mean gosh) BYU plays in entertaining games. Also the aesthetic of BYU is so classic and clean— Chelsea Poe 🇳🇱 (@ChelseaPoe666) September 14, 2019
Alright BYU D, time to dig deeeep! Let’s go!— David Nixon (@D_Nixon) September 14, 2019
Okayyyyyy Brigham! Talk to em....— Kyle Van Noy (@KVN_03) September 14, 2019
Overall, a big time team win against a ranked opponent at home. We needed that!!!— Tanner Mangum (@tannermangum) September 15, 2019