In the dressing room after the Cougars' 16-6 loss in the 1974 Fiesta Bowl, President Oaks consoled Mark Giles, BYU's other quarterback, who played the entire game after Sheide was injured. Giles played a heroic game in the Cougar's losing effort, powering the team in several long drives. The game was closer than the score indicated: 10-6 down to the last minute in a defensive battle that was telecast to millions nationally over Columbia Broadcasting System. Coach LaVell Edwards said"We beat them physically" and the Cougars led in almost every statistic but the score. BYU led in first downs 17-14, passing yardage 181-77, and the total yards 301-214.