Dallas • BYU quarterback Riley Nelson was hot and cold all day, but he came through in the end of the Cougars' 24-21 victory over Tulsa in the Armed Forces Bowl at Ford Stadium.
Nelson threw three touchdown passes (all to Cody Hoffman), mixed with two interceptions, and he saved his best work for last. A 2-yard TD pass to Hoffman with 11 seconds remaining gave the Cougars a 10-3 record for 2011 and improved coach Bronco Mendenhall's bowl record to 5-2.
The Cougars started their last drive at the Tulsa 48, following a nice punt return by JD Falslev. Nelson scrambled for 14 yards on a fourth-and-9 play to keep the drive alive. Nelson also ran for 8 yards to give the Cougars a first down at the Tulsa 8. A pass to Marcus Mathews moved the ball to the 2, before Nelson delivered the game winner to Hoffman, who also caught three touchdown passes in last December's Armed Forces Bowl.