On This Date 12/19/1980

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BYU uses a stunning rally to beat SMU 46-45 in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. Down 45-25, the Cougars score 21 points in the final 2:33. The game ends with Jim McMahon tossing up a 41-yard Hail Mary pass, which Clay Brown caught battling four SMU defenders to tie the game. BYU would get the win on the ensuing PAT by Kurt Gunther. McMahon was voted the game’s MVP with 446 yards with four touchdowns.

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