THE 1981 HOLIDAY BOWL
BYU (10-2) vs. Washington St. (8-2-1)
BYU almost blew a 31-7 lead as Washington State scored 21 straight points in the third quarter on drives of 69, 50 and 39 yards to narrow the score to 31-28. Jim McMahon, who passed for 342 yards, responded with his third touchdown pass of the game, an 11-yarder to Scott Pettis, to make it 38-28.
Washington State came back again with a 1-yard run my Mike Martin and a two-point conversion by quarterback Ricky Turner to make it 38-36. BYU recovered the onside kick attempt and ran out the clock.