If there was any doubt that Riley Nelson was the right person to quarterback BYU, he answered those queries Friday on BYU's final play of the Armed Forces Bowl.
In the final seconds of the game, Nelson was given the signal to spike the ball on Tulsa's 2-yard line. BYU lined up in the spike formation, but after a quick look at the defense, Nelson called a "Red Alert" audible, faked the spike and found Cody Hoffman in the front right of the end zone for the eventual game-winning score with 11 seconds remaining.
Even coach Bronco Mendenhall acknowledged that Nelson made the decision to call the fake spike and it did not come from the sideline. So if it didn't work, Nelson could have just as easily been the goat instead of the hero.
But it did work and it assuaged any fears some may have had about Nelson losing his competitive edge now that his chief competition — five-star recruit Jake Heaps — has transferred.
BYU's fake spike play was actually reminiscent to the one Miami Dolphins q...