Oregon State - Utah OT finish shows that football really is a game of inches
Oregon State's 2013 trip to Salt Lake City is one the players and coaches will never forget.
Between the Beavers and Utah Utes, the two teams combined for 99 points, 1,030 total yards, and a season's worth of drama.
Oregon State prevailed 51-48, but with arguably a dozen highlight reel worthy plays at our disposal the game ended somewhat anti-climatically. Instead of a play that left us gasping for air as it unfolded, OSU quarterback Sean Mannion sealed the victory with a conventional five-step drop to find receiver Brandin Cooks in the back of the end zone.
But upon closer examination, the play may have been just as exciting as any in the game. What you don't see at first glance is a quintessential example of how football truly is a game of inches, as Utes defensive back Michael Walker was that close to being BMOC on Monday.
Utah appeared to have the game in their hands on two different occasions the fourth quarter, only to have it slip through (pun intended) on the game's final play.