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Why did Patrick Mahomes give a shoutout to BYU’s Zach Wilson?

BYU quarterback Zach Wilson looks on during warms-up pregame prior to a game against Houston at TDECU Stadium in Houston on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.
Jaren Wilkey, BYU photo

It’s a good time to be Zach Wilson.

The BYU junior quarterback is receiving national attention by the droves.

The Cougars are unbeaten.

And following a 400-yard, four-touchdown passing effort — both career highs — in a come-from-behind win over Houston, Wilson got himself a nice shutout from one of the best quarterbacks in the game, Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes.

The Chiefs superstar responded on Twitter to one of Wilson’s most memorable plays of BYU’s 43-26 win over Houston on Friday night at TDECU Stadium. With BYU trailing 26-21 early in the fourth quarter and facing a second-and-goal at the 8-yard line, Wilson took the snap and rolled right.

As tight end/fullback Masen Wake released from the man he was blocking, Wilson casually flipped an underhand toss to Wake 4 yards in front of him, and Wake bulled his way up the middle for the go-ahead score.

The play made ESPN’s college football Twitter account declare, “Very Patrick Mahomes of you, Zach Wilson.”

Mahomes, the Super Bowl champion known for his uncanny ability to make uncommon plays look effortless, wasn’t far behind in recognizing the moment.

Mahomes made a similar play earlier this year, tossing an underhanded flip to his fullback, Anthony Sherman, for a touchdown in the Chiefs’ 34-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 28.

Mahomes’ response elicited a reaction from Jack Damuni, the former Cougar who now plays an integral role in on-campus recruiting and player relations, in addition to being quite the BYU superfan. Damuni’s response gave a shoutout to Chiefs coach — and former Cougar — Andy Reid.