BYU Wins 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

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Brigham Young came from behind to win the 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl over Tulsa 24-21 at SMU’s Ford Stadium.

Tulsa received the opening kickoff and drove 76 yards in 11 plays to score first.  The teams traded punts before BYU got on the board with a 35 yard field goal from kicker Justin Sorenson.

The Golden Hurricane would extend their lead to 14-3 on a G.J. Kinne touchdown pass to Clay Sears, set up by a 50-yard pass to Bryan Burnham.

BYU scored their first touchdown only 12 seconds before halftime following a muffed punt by Tulsa.  Riley Nelson’s 17-yard pass to Cody Hoffman sent the Cougars into the locker room trailing 14-10.

Punts and miscues filled most of the 3rd quarter until BYU mounted a 71-yard scoring drive, capped by another Riley Nelson pass to Cody Hoffman, giving BYU it’s first lead of the game.

Tulsa regained the lead 21-17 after a 9-play, 58-yard drive which was finished by a  Kinne 30-yard pass to Burnham.

After trading more punts, BYU took the ball near midfield with 4:18 left on the clock.  The Cougars took 12 plays to cover the 48 yards.  With 11 seconds left on the clock, Hoffman caught his 3rd touchdown pass of the game from Nelson for the winning score.

Hoffman finished with 122 yards on 8 catches to lead all receivers.  Nelson completed 17 of 40 passes for 250 yards.  Nelson also led BYU in rushing attempts with 13.  JJ Di Luigi gained the most yards on the ground for BYU with 38.

Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne also led his team in rushing attempts with 13 for a net gain of 0.  Trey Watts was the leading rusher for Tulsa, gaining 38 yards.

Kinne passed for 214 yards on 17 of 31 attempts.


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