Unlucky – First quarter in Vegas
The 2015 Las Vegas Bowl proved to be one of the weirdest BYU vs Utah games ever. In the first quarter, freshman quarterback Tanner Mangum threw three interceptions and had a fumble, and on his first career carry, Squally Canada also fumbled the ball. By the end of the first quarter the score was 35-0 in favor of the Utes. Sure, some of the plays were terrible decisions by Mangum, but others were tipped balls that normally would fall to ground, and one was a pass that hit Devon Blackman right in the chest and somehow it flew straight into the air. Canada’s fumble was a basic HB draw play and the fumble was uncharacteristic as we later saw in his career.
Overall in the game, Utah was outgained 386-197. Find any other game that a team nearly doubles the other teams production and still loses.
Lucky – Tanner Mangum Hail Mary’s
After Taysom Hill went down in the opener against Nebraska, Tanner Mangum was put into the game and was asked to do something that hadn’t happened in 29 years, be the first team to beat the Cornhuskers in Lincoln on opening weekend. During the game, Mangum didn’t do much going 6/10 for 62 yards. On the final play of the game though he threw the ball as far as he could and somehow Mitch Matthews came down with it surrounded by 4 defenders with two of them obviously interfering on the play. Again, the throw and execution was perfect, but if run 100 times, that catch is made maybe ten times and him actually landing backward into the endzone happens five times. But it doesn’t stop there.
The very next week, facing a 4th down with under three minutes to go in the game, Mangum rolled to his right and let the ball go down the field while being hit. The ball soard and Mitchell Juergens made a diving backwards catch in the endzone. Although this play was a also a great play, for BYU Football to have two hail mary’s caught two games in a row has to be a little bit of luck.