Finally, No. 8 BYU got a chance to prove itself.
It had some challenges earlier in the season, but the chance to prove the College Football Playoff committee wrong and move up in the rankings all came down to Saturday’s game at Coastal Carolina, which was put on the schedule just two days prior.
With three seconds left, BYU’s Zach Wilson completed a pass to Dax Milne to win the game, but the wide receiver was stopped a yard short of the goal line. And just like that, BYU’s hopes for an undefeated season came to an end.
The Chanticleers upset the Cougars 22-17.
BYU’s biggest trouble came on a front the Cougars were expected to dominate. The Cougars’ defensive line, which features players all over 6-foot-3 and averaging more than 280 pounds., should have been able to manage Coastal’s offensive line, which is very much undersized.
Instead, the “Mighty Mights,” as the Coastal O-line calls itself, pushed the Cougars’ D-line around. Prior to Saturday, BYU had kept opponents to less than 90 rushing yards. Coastal put up 281 yards on the ground.
The game was also expected to be a high-scoring contest as the matchup featured two of the nation’s most efficient quarterbacks; Wilson came into the game ranked third with a passing efficiency rating of 205.32, while Coastal’s Grayson McCall was ranked seventh (188.36).
Wilson finished the night having thrown 240 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 19 of 30 passing. McCall didn’t fare a lot better through the air. The true freshman threw for 85 yards on 10 of 15 passing.
BYU comes up a yard short against Coastal Carolina, suffers its first loss of the season, 22-17 /p>