Let’s take a look at the wild, impressive, light-hearted and above all else, memorable moments from Week 9 in college football on this week’s That Just Happened.
College kickers, man: A gigantic lead in the SEC East looked like a sure thing for Missouri, but it squandered a 17-0 lead and lost in heartbreaking fashion in the second overtime. The defense got a stop, but the Tigers’ holder didn’t get the ball’s laces out and kicker Andrew Baggett doinked a 22-yard attempt high off the left upright. Mizzou’s history of painful losses in football and basketball has been well-chronicled in the last week, and you can add another infamous one to the Flea Kicker and the Fifth Down, though this one wasn’t nearly as bad. The good news? Missouri still controls its fate in the SEC East.
Johnny bein’ Johnny: Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said all week he was “hopeful” that Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel would suit up this week after suffering a shoulder injury in a loss to Auburn last week. It didn’t take him long to get back in the groove. He completed 10-of-10 passes on his first drive and threw three first quarter touchdowns on 15-of-17 passing for 175 yards in the opening stanza. He cooled off eventually, finishing 25-35 for 305 yards and four touchdowns , but the Aggies took care of business against Vanderbilt for a 56-24 win. Gotta love his postgame photobomb, too. Just doing things that don’t show up in the stat sheet.
Well, that’s not a very nice welcome: Texas Tech has fed off negative attention all season long. Kliff Kingsbury called out ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit for picking against the Red Raiders at West Virginia last week, and this week, The Oklahoman welcomed Texas Tech to town with quite the message on the front of the sports page.
I don’t know about overrated, but Texas Tech won’t be the No. 10 team in America anymore after losing to the Sooners, 38-30.
He’s OK, folks: Bob Stoops wanted a fumble call in the first quarter of the Sooners’ game against Texas Tech and stepped on the playing field to try and get it. Cornerbacl Aaron Colvin reminded him why this is often a bad idea.
What moxie from Stoops to get right up like nothing happened, though. I’m impressed.
A Hurricane highlight trio: No. 7 Miami’s narrow 24-21 win over Wake Forest wasn’t exactly ideal, but junior tight end Clive Walford provided one of the day’s biggest highlights with this one-handed snag. Well done, young man.
Need one more Hurricane highlight? What about this wrestling move from Denzel Perryman?
Did any of them top Stacy Coley’s twice-tipped catch? I say no.
Tell ’em how you really feel, Mike: Oklahoma State rushed to a 21-0 lead in its eventual 58-27 blowout win over Iowa State, but FOX cameras caught Gundy being pretty honest with his young receivers on the sideline during a break in the action.
Oklahoma State did most of its damage on the ground, though, rushing for 342 yards in the win, including 219 and four touchdowns from Charles Sims.
Whoops, where’d he go?: Oregon and UCLA was the biggest game of the day, and Oregon made it clear it was playing to win early. The Ducks earned a 66-yard gain up the gut on a fake punt that UCLA might still not know happened.
Please take that off: People wearing horse heads will never stop being creepy, but there’s something admirable about finding a) a horse head matching the markings of Renegade, Chief Osceola’s co-mascot and b) having your body paint match it. How long can you look at this before becoming uncomfortable?
Give the man a mulligan: Not much went right for Vanderbilt in its loss to Texas A&M on Saturday, but quarterback Patton Robinette’s quick kick went especially wrong. He got nice height on the ball, but the punt checked in at a rousing five yards, giving Texas A&M the ball at midfield. Why not let him try again? It’s only fair.
Pay attention!: Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch is doing everything he can to get noticed nationally. He rushed for 316 yards against Central Michigan last week, and on Saturday, he became the first player since Boo Jackson in 2010 to record a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game. What more does he need to do for the undefeated Huskies?
Save that for the scrapbook: Jayson Carter has worked on the scout team at Rice for two seasons and finally got his first carry on Saturday. Oh yeah, and he’s 4-foot-9. He weighs in at 135 pounds and is college football’s smallest player.