Riley Nelson misfired over and over again in the fourth quarter of BYU’s 20-14 loss to San Jose State but completed six of his last seven passes and did so injured.
I talked to Riley in a tent in the rain outside the locker room and he only made an issue of Hoffman’s injury and performance. But I saw first hand how much pain Nelson was in. While talking to me and a KSL-TV producer, he grimaced twice when the rib moved and pain shot through his back. “Ahh, there it goes again,” he said.
This explains, at least to me, some of his errant throws when BYU was in scoring position on four fourth quarter possessions. He overthrew David Foote, threw behind Hoffman, threw a pick when underthrowing Hoffman near the goal line and overthrew JD Falslev. In my game story, I pointed this out, how these miscues were huge.
I didn’t know Nelson was injured.
But isn’t this situation kind of the story of this 2012 season and Nelson. And BYU’s offense?
Earlier in the game, Nelson ran a keeper on the option and got hit and fumbled. He recovered the ball but in the pile, he felt his torso twisted and left a pop in his rib cage. It was a dislocated rib.
Cody Hoffman, who caught 13 passes for 155 yards, played the second half with a separated shoulder. His injury occurred in the fourth quarter, diving for yardage on a quick slant.
“I couldn’t be prouder of Cody and how he played in this game with that separated shoulder. He really showed me something tonight,” said Nelson.