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Monday, November 26, 2007

Unga gets 2nd chance and delivers

Published: Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007 12:13 a.m. MST
Despite having a milestone game and generating a good share of BYU's offense, Cougar running back Harvey Unga was feeling a lot like a goat when Utah scored late in Saturday's game to go up 10-9.

But those feelings of guilt quickly turned into elation when Unga scored the winning touchdown on an 11-yard run with 38 seconds remaining.

"It always feels good to get a second chance. But it feels great to make the most of that second chance," Unga said.

Unga's goat mood came from a fumble he had deep in Utah territory in the first quarter and back-to-back dropped passes he had on a fourth-quarter drive that could have put the game out of reach.

When the Utes went downfield after Unga's second dropped pass and took the lead late, BYU fans had probably forgotten that he had given Utah tacklers fits all day with 141 yards rushing on 23 carries. Many probably didn't care that in the second quarter Unga had passed 1,000 yards rushing on the season, making him the first Cougar freshman to ever do so and only the eighth rusher in BYU history to reach that mark. At the time, the fact that the power back out of Timpview High had rushed for 100 yards for a sixth time this season seemed pretty insignificant when the Cougars were one point down on the scoreboard.

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