Our search for the worst decision of the college football season is over.
Facing fourth-and-19 from its own 5-yard line in the second quarter against No. 14 Boise State, BYU faced what should have been the easiest call of the night ... it was time to punt.
Except, the Cougars did not punt. Again, fourth-and-19 from their own 5, and they did not punt.
Instead, they snapped it to punter Jonny Linehan in the end zone and he attempted to run for a first down. He was tackled for a three-yard loss.
Luckily for BYU, however, Boise State committed a personal foul after the play and missed a field-goal attempt on the ensuing drive. The Broncos went on to win in dramatic fashion 28-27, improving to 7-0.
BYU coach Kalani Sitake offered the following explanation before heading to the locker room at halftime: “Well, on film we thought we had it. We wanted to be aggressive. We came to win the game and it just didn’t work out. They made a great adjustment -- something that we haven’t seen in prior games. But we wanted to be aggressive and it didn’t hurt us. Our defense had our backs.