Our search for the worst decision of the college football season is over.
Facing fourth-and-19 from its 5-yard line in the second quarter against No. 14 Boise State on Thursday night, 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 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 3-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. Boise State went on to win 28-27 in dramatic fashion, 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."