Monday, November 2, 2015

College Football Mayhem

Every once in awhile, there is a moment in college football that leaves you asking what? How was that even Possible? For example, in 1982, the famous, “The band is on the field game,” whereas time expired, the University of California took back a kick return, with no time left, after multiple laterals, all while the Stanford marching band ran onto the field. Or two years ago, in one of the great rivalries in sports, where Auburn ran a missed field goal 109 yards to beat number one ranked Alabama as time expired. Or lastly when the FCS team Appalachian State beat the football powerhouse Michigan on a blocked field goal. These moments don’t happen often but when they do, they’re remembered for a long time.
This college football season we have been lucky enough to have multiple of these Historic plays. To start, In Ann Arbor Michigan, an unbeaten Michigan State team, took on The Wolverines and new coach Jim Harbaugh. Michigan was in control the whole game and with 6 seconds left, all Michigan needed to do was punt the ball away, and let time expire. But, as luck would have it, the Michigan punter bobbled the snap, and the ball ended up being returned 50 yards for a Michigan State Touchdown. With 6 seconds left, Michigan State had a 0.2% chance of winning the game. Also, during a tie game, Georgia Tech (3-4), blocked and returned a field goal to beat undefeated Florida State. Finally, Miami, down three took a kick return back with time expiring that included 8 laterals.
This is why I enjoy college sports more than professional sports. Any given week, a small no name school can shock the college football world with a tremendous effort and win a game no one expects them to win. In Professional football, sure you can have upsets, but every team is so good, and losses don’t mean nearly as much, so it’s simply not as exciting. Below are the links to these unbelievable moments.


1 comment:

  1. Jack, Some interesting posts here -- a lot on sports! And, I'll admit: you got me here. I watched some of these thrilling finishes since you gave us the links. I only wish this could be taken farther. Quote a sports writer who disagrees that college sports are more exciting? Use these thrilling finishes as proof that viewers stay till the end which = more $ from advertizing? How about NU's attempt at unionizing football players? The amount of betting that goes on? The way schools sometimes look the other way when ethical violations occur just because they know what a good product they have with college football. This is good, but I'd like to see you take a critical look at future topics.