VIDEO: Mathews and Hill’s touching exchange following the BYU vs. Nebraska game

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“Bittersweet.”

That is how senior wide receiver Mitch Mathews summed up Saturday’s history-making Hail Mary victory against Nebraska. Sweet because of the last second catch thrown from freshman quarterback Tanner Mangum. Bitter because senior quarterback Taysom Hill procured his third season-ending injury, a Lisfranc fracture.

Tuesday evening’s episode of the new BYUtv show, “Inside BYU Football,” showed Mathews learning of Hill’s injury and embracing him after the game.

As Mathews hugged Hill, he can be heard saying, “We did that one for you.”

In a press conference on Monday, Mathews talked about that moment in the locker room.

“It was hard. I didn’t know what had happened until I hugged him in the locker room. Both of us were crying and he told me in my ear what had happened. During the game in the back of your mind you’re thinking OK maybe it’s a sprain, we don’t know what happened to his foot. During the game it was just pure enjoyment, excitement, but after in the locker room obviously we celebrated, then me and him just sat there and hugged each other for a while. We told each other how much we loved each other and that all made it bittersweet. That was my favorite memory. Being able to hug him and comfort him. That moment was more special than the catch to me. Being there for one of my best friends.”

“Inside BYU Football” airs every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. MT on BYUtv.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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