Six and one-tenths of one second.
That's how close Tag Elliott came to an exclamation point on his final College National Finals Rodeo.
"I just wanted to ride my last one," the Utah Valley senior bull rider said, "just to finish it and leave no doubt."
A national championship isn't a bad consolation. Elliott failed to cover his final bull on Saturday at the Casper Events Center, but his work from earlier in the week gave him that elusive national title in the bull riding, finishing with 167.5 points on two rides.
Elliott -- the 10th ranked bull rider in the PRCA standings -- had finished second, fourth and third in his previous three college finals. But covering the 11th and 12th bulls of his finals career was enough for a national title.
"It's a little bittersweet, I guess, because I fell off that one and had no business doing it," said Elliott, who lasted 7.94 seconds on MoBetta's Pops. "But it's nice to finally say I won."
Sam Houston State's Cody Holloway was the only rider to post a qualified ride in the championship go-round, and it was a doozy. Holloway took Ty Rinaldo's Frickin Wild for 83.5 points to win the short go and finish as the reserve champion. Elliott rode the same bull for 84 points to win the third go.
"It was kind of moving ahead just a little bit and just had to get back in time with it," the mustachioed Holloway said.
Seven riders entered Saturday with two qualified rides, but all seven failed to cover a third bull. Wharton County's Trey Benton -- fourth in the PRCA standings -- lasted 7.78 seconds on his ride and Missouri Valley senior Will Crain couldn't last to 8 seconds to post his third ride of the week. Crain finished third; Benton and Missouri Valley's Mason Ormesher tied for fourth.
College of Southern Idaho Trasen Jones nearly made the horn on MoBetta's Whippin Post, but he appeared to be knocked unconscious as he was ejected from the bull. He was removed on a stretcher and was talking to medical personnel by the time he exited the arena.