Former Timberline and Eagle High star Tanner Mangum came off the bench and threw a Hail Mary touchdown pass on the final play to help BYU beat Nebraska on Saturday.
Mangum replaced Pocatello’s Taysom Hill, who was injured during the game and will miss the rest of the season.
Mangum is a true freshman just three months removed from a church mission to Chile.
Boise State plays at BYU next Saturday (8:15 p.m., ESPN2).
BYU beat Nebraska 33-28. Mangum was 7-for-11 for 111 yards. The Hail Mary covered 42 yards.
“I’m so grateful to be on this team,” Mangum said on the ABC broadcast. “The guys on this team did it. I just came in and tried to do my part.
“... I’ve been preparing for this moment all summer long. When the time came, I knew I was ready to play.”
Mangum underthrew the pass a bit and worried as he watched it flutter. Wide receiver Mitch Mathews made the catch right at the goal line.
“I was scared he was going to fall short of the goal line,” Mangum said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Coach Bronco Mendenhall reminded the broadcast crew that Mangum was the co-MVP of an Elite 11 camp before his mission. He tied with Jameis Winston, the former Florida State quarterback now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mendenhall tried not to make it a big deal on the sideline when Hill got hurt.
“They had trust in Tanner,” Mendenhall said.
After the game, Mendenhall told the media that Hill will miss the rest of the season with a fractured foot. The Heisman Trophy candidate missed last year’s Boise State game with an injury, too.
Hill was 21-for-34 for 268 yards and a touchdown against Nebraska. He also rushed for 72 yards and two touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Tanner’s brother Madison Mangum made a ridiculous catch for Idaho State on Saturday. Check it out here.