‘That Just Happened’ in this week of college football
Let’s look back on the weird, wild and ultimately memorable moments from the final full weekend of college football.
Did that just happen? Move over Stanford-Cal. Who’s Doug Flutie? Saturday may have played host to the greatest play in college football history. What’s it take to reshape the BCS race and dethrone the two-time defending national champion? Just a run of the mill, 109-yard field goal return for a touchdown with no time remaining. Let’s go to the video, if you somehow haven’t seen it yet.
The Game gets wild: Michigan scored what looked like a game-tying touchdown in the final minutes against Ohio State, but Brady Hoke made the gutsy call to try and win it on one play. Devin Gardner’s pass was intercepted though, sending Ohio State to the Big Ten Championship Game with a perfect 24-0 record under Urban Meyer. The best note from the final play, though: Hoke reportedly asked his seniors if they wanted to go for two during a timeout. They all said yes. Even if it didn’t work, it was the right call.
And we already thought we saw one memorable play in the fourth quarter when AJ McCarron found Amari Cooper for a go-ahead, 99-yard touchdown.
Should’ve gone shopping: Bo Pelini’s Black Friday could have been better. He dropped a “What kind of question is that?” to the sideline reporter on the way into the locker room at halftime of a 38-17 loss to Iowa. Then, he was assessed a 15-yard penalty for nearly hitting an official while swiping his hat. He called the penalty “chickens***” during his postgame presser, broadcast live locally on TV and radio and blamed the media for some of his team’s struggles thus far. It’s a sixth consecutive season with at least four losses, but AD Shawn Eichorst released a surprising statement on Saturday saying he looks forward to Pelini coaching the bowl game. It’s going to be a long month in Lincoln. Here’s video of that press conference:
So much for class: A fight in the second quarter of The Game between Ohio State and Michigan sent three players to the locker room after ejections, but nobody left a bigger trail than OSU offensive lineman Marcus Hall, who came off the bench during the fight, too. He angrily kicked the benches at the Big House on his way to the tunnel, and emphatically flashed a pair of double fingers to the Michigan fans to serve as his goodbye. This, by the way, was broadcast live on national television.
And here’s how that fight started. It’s raining flags!
Going up: Elsewhere at The Game, Michigan’s Devin Funchess executed the rare clean hurdle. He wasn’t touched by the defender and barely lost stride.
Goodbye, BCS: Fresno State and Northern Illinois have been gunning for an at-large BCS bid all season long, but Fresno State lost to 6-6 San Jose State 62-52 in one of the most entertaining games of the year. Spartans QB David Fales threw for 547 yards and six scores and the two teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of offense in the first half. Fresno failed to score a touchdown in the third quarter, though, and trailed 62-44 midway through the fourth quarter. It was teh second-highest-scoring game in college football this year, behind only Baylor’s 73-42 win over West Virginia.Catch of the year of the week: LSU receiver Jarvis Landry only needed one hand to finish off a diving catch in the middle of two Arkansas defenders. The Tigers beat the Hogs 31-27 on a 49-yard touchdown catch with just 1:15 to play.
Mascot down! Mississippi State beat Ole Miss in overtime to capture the Egg Bowl, but the Bulldogs’ mascot left the game early on a stretcher after suffering a compound leg fracture. The student inside was Michaela Mills.
state’s mascot was just run over by the ESPN golf cart… pic.twitter.com/0NmjbzYHRT
— Luke Shemwell (@Lucipher_Shem) November 29, 2013
Go Wolverines. Literally: A few Michigan fans got a little overzealous and/or confused in supporting their team.
Makin friends pic.twitter.com/YKqRBvXfGN
— MGoJen (@MGoJen) November 30, 2013
I’m getting dizzy: Texas A&M teased it all week, but debuted some new “Carmouflage” cleats against Missouri on Saturday night. The rest of us will just call those Zubaz and be done with it.
— Texas A&M Equipment (@TAMUequipment) November 30, 2013
That’s a long ways: Kansas State beat Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown, but in the third quarter, faced a 1st-and-42. The Wildcats were flagged for a false start and then committed a personal foul and pass interference penalty on consecutive plays. The series of downs ended when quarterback Jake Waters threw an interception to KU’s Isaiah Johnson.
Hipster’s paradise: Oregon State didn’t finish off an upset win against Oregon on Friday night, but Beavers kicker Trevor Romaine won respect for showcasing his follicle game before kickoff. You won’t find a better beard/chest hair combo in college football.
Guys, really, Trevor Romaine! pic.twitter.com/JoSNiQzL7a
— Jeff Danner (@JDanner96) November 30, 2013