Let’s take a look at the weird, wild and ultimately memorable moments from Week 12 in college football.
Play of the year … decade? The end of Auburn’s 43-38 win against Georgia brought back memories of the LSU-Kentucky Bluegrass Miracle in 2002, but Nick Marshall found Ricardo Louis (via a couple Georgia defensive backs) for a game-winning 73-yard score. Take this one in. You won’t see another play like it for a long time.
Solid speed from the pit crew: How fast can you get on the field to kick a game-tying field goal? Less than five seconds, apparently. Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons sent the game into overtime with this kick, where the Wolverines knocked off a star-spangled Northwestern team, 27-19. It took triple overtime, but Brady Hoke’s team got it done.
Hanging by a thread: One-loss UCF looked like it might be losing its control of The American title race, trailing Temple by seven with just two minutes to play. Golden Knights quarterback Blake Bortles found J.J. Worton for a 30-yard, game-tying score with one of the best catches (and throws while getting hit) you’ll see all season. With just seconds to play, he found Rannell Hall for a 64-yard gain that set up a game-winning field goal as time expired. That gets my vote for the most dramatic comeback of the season.
I’ll take that, thank you: Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller doesn’t really care if you don’t fumble the ball. He created his own turnover when he ripped the ball away from Maryland’s Nigel King. That’s one of the day’s best plays, but King and the Terrapins got the last laugh with a 27-24 overtime win.
Switzer reversing the curse: Barry Switzer turned lots of heads for his original tweet on Friday:
He later apologized on Twitter, and with Oklahoma trailing 10-3 at home to Iowa State, apologized to some Iowa State fans in the ISU section at Owen Field in Norman. Soon after, Oklahoma returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown in the final minute of the first half and broke loose for a 69-yard touchdown on the second play of the second half. That helped Oklahoma get some distance from the Cyclones in a 48-10 win. Oh yeah, and tied Bob Stoops with Switzer for the school record for wins.
Coach Switzer came up to the ISU section right before that punt return td to apologize to us about his tweet pic.twitter.com/zcMnK830MC
A whole new Auburn: Tell me this run didn’t remind you of another Auburn quarterback who was pretty good? The Tigers rolled over Georgia and Nick Marshall helped Auburn do it with plays like this. Anyone else think the Iron Bowl in two weeks might be a classic? The Tigers didn’t win an SEC game last year, but Gus Malzahn’s continuing his march to a possible national coach of the year award. The Tigers are 10-1 with only rival Bama left on the schedule.
Randy Edsall unplugged: This is the face of a man who rallied his team from four wins last season to bowl eligibility in 2013 with an overtime victory over ACC power Virginia Tech. Unbridled enthusiasm.
The granddaddy of them all: Just winning a game against Washington wasn’t enough celebration for UCLA safety Stan McKay on Friday night. After the game, he proposed to his girlfriend in the middle of teammates and coach Jim Mora on the field at the Rose Bowl. “It’s pretty awesome. The whole team was out there. It was a pretty special moment,” Mora told reporters.
Dance, Gundy, Dance: Mike Gundy’s been known to break it down in the locker room from time to time, and after a 38-13 win at Texas, unleashed perhaps his greatest moves ever.
Are you sure about that?: Kansas hasn’t been able to win a Big 12 game since 2010, but one Jayhawk fan figured KU might want to try its hand in the SEC. Well played, KU. Memorable images and moments have been few and far between during a two-win season thus far, but the Jayhawks ended their 27-game losing streak in Big 12 play with a 31-19 win over West Virginia.
Idiot on the field alert: We’ve got an idiot on the field during Oklahoma’s 48-10 win over Iowa State, and one of Stoops’ state trooper gameday bodyguards, Sgt. Brian Orr, laid the boom. You know that had to feel good for Orr, a former college football player at Central Oklahoma. “I’m surprised he didn’t get flagged for targeting,” Stoops told reporters after the game.
One-piece swimsuits are in style: Not much more needs to be said about this piece of chestpaint art. Hook ’em forever.
Athletic ability abounds in Arlington: Baylor rolled over Texas Tech 63-34 at AT&T Stadium, but check out two incredible plays from Baylor cornerback K.J. Morton and Texas Tech receiver Eric Ward. Kids from Texas know how to catch the ball, folks. What more could you ask for?
Treauxjans, fight: USC coach Ed Orgeron used a game-winning 47-yard field goal to fell the Stanford Cardinal, but he grabbed the sword to lead the band in celebration after the Trojans upset the nation’s No. 4 team. Somewhere, Lane Kiffin is taking credit for this game.