Saturday, November 7, 2015

Most amazing ending, perhaps ever....

OK, if you're not a football fan, you probably want to move on to something else about now. This is about perhaps the most amazing end to a college football game I've seen since Doug Flutie's 1984 48 yard 'Hail Mary' pass for Boston College against Miami to Doug Phalen with no time left on the clock. (If you don't know about that pass you can either stop reading now or go Google it--lots of hits for it....)

Today Arkansas played #18 Old Miss in Oxford, Mississippi. Arkansas was a definite underdog.

The game was tied at the end of the first quarter, the second quarter and the third quarter. The game was tied at the end of the fourth quarter as well to send it into overtime.

Overtime in college football is like this: each team gets to start at the 25 yard line of the other team. If one scores more than the other in that first try, game over. If they score the same--second overtime, same rules. In the third overtime, teams have to go for a 2 point extra point--running or passing--instead of kicking a one point extra point.

Arkansas and Old Miss had played a 7 overtime game a few years ago, just to set the stage.

So, Old Miss gets the ball first and scores and touchdown and kicks the extra point--it would have been crazy to go for 2 since if they failed, Arkansas could win with a touchdown and a 98% sure kick.

Arkansas starts on the 25 and three plays later are on the 40 with a 4th and 25. The quarterback completes a pass to a wide receiver far short of first down and as he is going down he laterals the ball back over his head. An Old Miss player almost catches it but it bounces and an Arkansas running back picks it up on a bounce and somehow, miraculously makes a first down at the 11. Arkansas then scores a touchdown on a pass and decides to go for two to win the game.

The quarterback is sacked at the 10 but the tackler grabs the quarterback's facemask and the ball is moved to the one yard line. On the next play, the Arkansas quarterback fakes a pass and runs in for the 2 point extra point.

The game should have been over twice--once on the 4th and 25 and second on the sack of the quarterback. Doug Flutie, 31 years later, you may  have become the second most amazing end to a college football game I've ever seen....

Miracles come in two--an incredible lateral and a facemask penalty.

Doug Flutie, your

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