What just happened? Watch 8 of the craziest endings in college football history
Many of us can remember where we were during some of the biggest college football plays, especially if they were plays none of us saw coming.
Here are some of the most unexpected and bizarre finishes in the history of college football.
1. The Play – Stanford vs. California on Nov. 20, 1982
The Stanford band came onto the field thinking the Cardinal had the win in the bag. But California — with just 10 men on the field — successfully received the squib kick and advanced with five laterals and a romp through the trombone section for the touchdown that gave the Bears the 25-20 win.
2. Hail Flutie – No. 10 Boston College vs. No. 12 Miami on Nov. 23, 1984 in the Orange Bowl
As time expired, Eagles QB Doug Flutie tossed a 48-yard Hail Mary to WR Gerard Phelan. This is arguably the most recognizable clip in college football history, and the play solidified Flutie’s Heisman win.
3. The Kick – Alabama vs. No. 7 Auburn on Nov. 30, 1985
With 6 seconds left in the game, Tide PK Van Tiffin hit a game-winning 52-yard field goal to give Alabama the 25-23 victory. The broadcast audio is recognizable to Alabama fans everywhere: “It’s good. IT’S GOOD! It’s good. IT’S GOOD!”
4. Fifth Down – No. 12 Colorado vs. Missouri on Oct. 6, 1990
Colorado’s hurry-up offense caused confusion among the officials who mistakenly allowed the Buffaloes a fifth consecutive down. Backup QB Charles Johnson took advantage of the extra down, running in the game-winning 1-yard TD as time expired and taking a knee on the conversion to eliminate the risk of Missouri blocking and returning the PAT. Colorado collected a 33-31 win, and the officiating crew was suspended indefinitely after its fifth down blunder.
5. Flynn to Byrd – No. 18 Auburn vs. No. 5 LSU on Oct. 20, 2007
Down by 1 point with 4 seconds left in the game, the LSU Tigers were well within field goal range, but the Mad Hatter did what he does and left his offense on the field. QB Matt Flynn hit WR Demetrius Byrd for a 22-yard TD and the 30-24 victory. LSU went on to beat Ohio State 38-24 in the BCS title game.
6. Kick Six – No. 4 Auburn vs. No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 30, 2013
Auburn clinched a 34-28 upset over Alabama after the Tide attempted a field goal with 1 second left in the game, that was instead kicked into the arms of Tigers CB Chris Davis who ran it back for the game-winning touchdown. Auburn then lost to Florida State 31-34 in the BCS title game.
7. The One Without a Name – No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Michigan on Oct. 18, 2015
With just seconds left in the game, Michigan attempted a punt, but the snap was fumbled and Spartans DB Jalen Watts-Jackson returned it for a touchdown. The final score in this heartbreaker was 27-23, extending the Spartans streak over Big Brother to three. “Fail to the Victors”, “Gift Six” and “Quick Six” are all titles that have been thrown into the ring for this play.
8. Block Six – No. 9 Florida State vs. Georgia Tech on Oct. 25, 2015
Georgia Tech upset the Seminoles 22-16 after Yellow Jackets DB Lance Austin returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown as the clock ran out, handing FSU its first regular season loss since Nov. 24, 2012 against the Florida Gators.
- Miracle in South Bend – No. 13 Tennessee vs. No. 5 Notre Dame on Nov. 9, 1991
- Bluegrass Miracle – No. 16 LSU vs. Kentucky on Nov. 9, 2002
- The Bush Push – No. 1 USC vs. No. 9 Notre Dame on Oct. 15, 2005
- Statue Left – No. 9 Boise State vs. No. 7 Oklahoma on Jan. 1, 2007 in the Fiesta Bowl
The moral of the story is that anything can happen in college football. Where will you be for the next big finish?