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BYU football video: Sitake, players break down the final play in win over Mississippi State

PROVO — Having a game go down to the final minute, or even the final play, is old hat for the BYU football team in 2016.

In this case, the Cougars needed their defense to step up one more time Friday night in a tight game against the SEC's Mississippi State. If BYU could stop the Bulldogs on fourth-and-9 in the second overtime, a late-night victory would push the Cougars past the .500 mark on the year.

They delivered as Fred Warner poked away a fourth-down pass in BYU's 28-21 double-overtime victory over Mississippi State at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Afterward, Cougar players and head coach Kalani Sitake shared their perspectives on what was going through their minds about the final play.

Sitake stressed the importance getting pressure on the quarterback made on the final play.

"I think the key was Corbin (Kaufusi) came around the edge and was able to get some pressure on (the Bulldogs quarterback), which caused an errant throw," he said.

Running back Jamaal Williams said he knew his defensive teammates would make a play.

"I had confidence. I was standing on a chair, waving a towel," he said. "I was like, 'C'mon let's get it.' They were doing it all night."

Safety Kai Nacua felt relief after a hard-fought game that went past midnight.

"It was a huge lift off my shoulders. I was exhausted. I was ready to get off the field and go home," he said.

Watch the full reaction in the video above.


There were several big plays made by both teams in the two overtime periods. Here's a look at the most important plays in the extra sessions.

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