Ravell Call, Deseret News
10 Run, Dustin, Run
Ravell Call, Deseret News

A 6-foot-7, 305-pound offensive lineman, Dustin Rykert, scored BYU's only touchdown in the 2001 Liberty Bowl. Quarterback Brandon Doman rolled out and tossed the ball to Rykert, who rumbled 10 yards for the TD on a tackle-eligible trick play. That was about the only offensive highlight for the Cougars in a 28-10 loss to Louisville. (Dec. 31, 2001)

9 Lewis' Spider-Man impression
Associated Press

Down 21-7 to the mighty Ohio State Buckeyes in the 1993 Holiday Bowl, freshman walk-on tight end Chad Lewis ran a fade pattern in the back of the end zone and quarterback John Walsh lofted a high-arching pass in his direction. Lewis, a high school high-jumper, made a spectacular, leaping one-handed touchdown catch that would have made Superman, and Spider-Man, proud. (Dec. 30, 1993)

8 The 'miracle' block
Associated Press

Many of the amazing plays that set up BYU's come-from-behind victory over SMU in the 1980 Holiday ("Miracle") Bowl have been overlooked or forgotten. One of those happened with the Cougars trailing 45-39 in the waning seconds of the game as SMU was forced to punt. The kick was blocked by BYU defensive back Bill Schoepflin, putting the ball back into the hands of the Cougar offense with 13 seconds left and setting up a memorable, and miraculous, finish. (Dec. 19, 1980)

7 The great wall of Manumaleuna
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

It appeared BYU was going to be upset by UCLA in the 2007 Las Vegas Bowl when Bruin kicker Kai Forbath lined up for a 28-yard field goal with three seconds remaining. Forbath had already hit field goals from 50 and 52 yards. The Cougars, who were nursing a slim 17-16 lead, went for the block and successfully executed as freshman Eathyn Manumaleuna deflected the ball with his outstretched hand. The ball spiraled and fell short of the crossbar as time expired to preserve the victory. (Dec. 22, 2007)

6 K.O.'s K-State knockout
Associated Press

Having been denied access to the Bowl Alliance (the precursor of the BCS), BYU struck a blow for the little guys of college football in the 1997 Cotton Bowl when quarterback Steve Sarkisian threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to K.O. Kealaluhi with less than four minutes remaining against Kansas State. BYU won, 19-15, in its first, and only, New Year’s Day bowl game. The Cougars finished with a 14-1 record and No. 5 national ranking. (Jan. 1, 1997)

5 The wizard of Koz
Ravell Call, Deseret News

BYU wide receiver Glen Kozlowski jumped high in the air at the back of the end zone and made a spectacular catch with a Michigan defender on him for a touchdown in the 1984 Holiday Bowl. Somehow, he managed to hang on to the ball as he fell to the ground. That TD pass, from quarterback Robbie Bosco, with 10:51 left in the fourth quarter, tied the game at 17-17. (Dec. 21, 1984)

4 Omarr's interception
Associated Press

BYU was leading Kansas State, 19-15, in the 1997 Cotton Bowl, when the Wildcats drove to the Cougar 12-yard line with less than a minute remaining. Cornerback Omarr Morgan, nicknamed "The Blanket" because of his coverage skills, anticipated a slant pass and when it came, he stepped in front of receiver Jimmy Dean for the interception with 55 seconds left to seal the win. (Jan. 1, 1997)

3 Young goes out in blaze of glory
Deseret News archives

Trailing Missouri, 17-14, senior quarterback Steve Young drove the Cougars to the Tiger 14-yard line with less than 30 seconds left. BYU decided to dig into its bag of tricks. Running back Eddie Stinnett took the handoff from Young, stopped, and threw an off-balance pass back to Young, who rambled into the end zone, scoring the game-winning touchdown in a 21-17 triumph. It was Young's last play in a Cougar uniform. (Dec. 23, 1983)

2 Clinching a national championship
Ravell Call, Deseret News

Boasting a No. 1 ranking and undefeated record, BYU faced Michigan in the 1984 Holiday Bowl with a chance to win the national championship. Quarterback Robbie Bosco, hobbled by a knee and ankle injury, completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kelly Smith with 1:23 remaining — securing a 24-17 victory and a national title for BYU. (Dec. 21, 1984)

1 The 'miracle' catch
Deseret News archives

With four minutes left in the 1980 Holiday Bowl, BYU was down big to SMU,45-25. Quarterback Jim McMahon engineered one of the most improbable comebacks in college football history. McMahon heaved a 41-yard, rainbow pass through the damp, foggy night that was caught by tight end Clay Brown, with three Mustang defenders draped all over him, with no time left on the clock. The 46-45 victory, in what is known as "The Miracle Bowl," marked the Cougars' first bowl win ever. (Dec. 19, 1980).