The heavy rain fall made it difficult to finish drives. Each team kicked three field goals and found the end zone just once. Arizona had run the ball pretty well, 194 yards, but they weren't able to create any separation on the scoreboard. Gifford Nielsen had countered the Arizona ground game with 157 yards in the air.
There was only one thing to do--throw that wet, heavy ball as far downfield as possible. Nielsen dropped back to pass. The Arizona rush forced him to scramble right. He spotted George Harris, and threw the ball as far as he could. Two Wildcat defenders had a chance to make a play on the ball. The throw was just out of their reach, but perfect for Harris.
With three seconds to spare, BYU took a 23-16 lead.
The win was a key step in helping BYU win its second WAC championship in three seasons. Nielsen finished the day 18 of 28 for 200 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
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