Dana Greene - Yet another unforgettable rivalry game

Dana Greene - Yet another unforgettable rivalry game

Nothing surprises me anymore in this insane Utah-BYU rivalry.
I've seen a half-court buzzer beater by an undrafted Jazz rookie. I've seen a quarterback scramble around for 12 minutes before throwing a touchdown pass on the final play of the game. I've seen Wesley Ruff pay for my dinner. 

But I've never seen anything like this.

The latest installment in the Utah-BYU rivalry will go down as the nuttiest, wildest finish in the history of this incredible series.

Kyle Whittingham summed it up best when he said, "We should be 4-1 because we won this thing three times."

Ya, let's not play these games anymore. They're boring and don't mean anything to anybody.

I've never seen fans lose a game for a team. But that literally almost happened Saturday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. A decided home field advantage that forced six BYU false start penalties nearly turned into a home field disadvantage when the fans stormed the field during a play, causing a 15-yard penalty and another potential game-winning field goal attempt.

Just imagine if Riley Stephenson's field goal went a few inches to the right and glanced off the upright and went through. Whittingham probably would have wanted to play the next game in an empty stadium.

It's hard to blame the fans for their exhilaration. But hopefully, they have learned their lesson to wait to the end of the game before rushing the field.

Or, why not just stay off the field altogether? People regularly get hurt during these frenzies. I've seen plenty of opposing players start swinging at fans trying to protect themselves. At least two people were hurt during the melee. Now we know storming the field can not only injure people, it can also affect the outcome of games.

There has to be a policy change disallowing fans from rushing the field. It doesn't happen in the NFL. Why can't it happen in the Pac-12? Hopefully, this was the final straw and changes will be made next season.

But I'll get off my soapbox now, and just appreciate the fact that anything, and I mean anything can happen in this incredible rivalry. 

Down 24-7 in the 4th quarter? No problem. A comeback can easily be engineered. 4th and 12 at your own 19-yard line with no timeouts? No problem. Field goal range can easily be attained. A 51-yard field goal is blocked as time expires? Game's not over. You'll get another shot to doink one off the upright.

This rivalry never ceases to amaze me. Too bad we won't be able to see it every year anymore.
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