Two big plays in BYU's 1984 football season

by | Jul. 13, 2009

Saints & Sports

The single-greatest defensive play in BYU football history lives on, 25 years later.

On Sept. 22, 1984, in Honolulu, Hawaii, Cougar safety Kyle Morrell's timed leap over the line of scrimmage and subsequent tackle of Hawaii quarterback Rafael Cherry just short of the goal line helped preserve a hard-fought 18-13 win and, as it turned out, helped lead to BYU's national championship.

"Whenever I go anywhere, like the golf course or a movie, there's always somebody who introduces me as that guy who jumped over the line at Hawaii," Morrell says. "They don't remember my name. They just remember that play. It's kind of funny. I've gotten a lot of recognition for it, which is nice. But I'm just an average guy who was put in position to make a play and fortunately, it worked out."

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