In perhaps the most ironic ending to a sporting event ever, Grambling State beat North Carolina Central in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in part because of a … penalty for excessive celebration.
After NC Central’s Quentin Atkinson pulled down a 39-yard TD pass from Malcolm Bell to cut the deficit to 10-9 with just over two minutes remaining, Atkinson was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct when he removed his helmet while galloping around the end zone. That 15-yard penalty was enforced on the extra-point attempt, which predictably was blocked. Final score: Grambling State 10, NC Central 9.
The irony of it all was too much for the internet to handle: