This year in college football produced some of the more memorable highlights in recent memory. Fans across the nation shouted "Did you see that?" as incredible plays unfolded like Appalachian State blocking a field goal to seal their upset over Michigan or LSU's fake field goal that gave the Tigers the momentum to hold off South Carolina.
With the advent of the Internet, these moments can be relived again and again. Here's a summary of some of the best:
Appalachian State upsets Michigan
YouTube.com search query: Appalachian State Shocks The World
Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore was carried off the field at Michigan Stadium by players Tony Robertson (right) and Brad Coley after upsetting No. 5 Michigan 34-32 Sept. 1 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
With six seconds left in the fourth quarter, Michigan's Jason Gingell attempted a 37-yard game-winning field goal to salvage the game. Instead Appalachian State's Corey Lynch blocked the kick and for the first time in history, a Division I-AA school upset a ranked Division I team. The YouTube clip has both the TV and radio commentary. As one YouTube user comments, "This gives me chills!"
Trinity's 15-lateral play
YouTube.com search query: Trinity End Zone Angle
With two seconds left to go, Trinity, a Division III private school in San Antonio, was 68 yards from the end zone when they pulled off a miraculous 15-lateral, 62-second touchdown play to beat Millsaps.
Unlike the highlights on ESPN, this clip has an alternate angle from the end zone which gives the viewer a much better idea how the play developed.
Color commentator Justin Thompson's exclamation "No way, no way, that's a touchdown! That's a touchdown!" will forever be ingrained in college football lore. Both Trinity announcers are students, with Thompson's brother Shawn catching the pass that began the play.
LSU's fake field goal
YouTube.com search query: Colt David
With 1:18 left in the second quarter, South Carolina was containing LSU's offense, with the Tigers leading 14-7. The Bayou Bengals set up for a 32-yard field goal attempt but instead of kicking it, placeholder and quarterback Matt Flynn flipped the ball over his head to kicker Colt David who outraced the Gamecock secondary for the touchdown. The clip's best parts are at the beginning to see how completely out of position the Gamecock defense was and at 1:08 where the no-look flip by Flynn can be seen clearly.
LSU's last second TD
YouTube.com search query: Auburn Death Valley Defeat
Instead of calling a timeout to set up a field goal, LSU coach Les Miles decided to let the clock run, causing quarterback Matt Flynn to snap the ball with eight seconds remaining. Flynn was able to connect to a well-covered Demetrius Byrd for the 22-yard touchdown and the victory. It's a call that borders either on genius or lunacy since the Tigers were down by only one point. In the clip at 0:46 it appears one of the LSU fans is wearing a banana costume.
Oregon's fake Statue of Liberty
YouTube.com search query: Statue of Liberty 2
Having already called the Statue of Liberty earlier in the game, Oregon's Dennis Dixon faked the Statue of Liberty with 3:46 left to go in the first half for a nine-yard touchdown run. Dixon's effortless performance confuses the Michigan defense and the announcers.
Oregon fumbles at the end zone
YouTube.com search query: Cameron Colvin fumble
The play in question begins at 0:51. In an attempt to tie the game with 22 seconds to go, Oregon wide receiver Cameron Colvin tried to extend the ball into the end zone only for Cal's Marcus Ezeff to hit him hard enough to cause a fumble, giving Cal possession on a touchback.
Florida State circus catch
YouTube.com search query: FSU 10/6/07
The play in question begins at 2:07. Florida State wide receiver Greg Carr, with his body blocked by North Carolina State cornerback DeAndre Morgan, is able to reach around, catch the pass, remain on his feet, shake off a tackle and score the touchdown.
For several more highlights put together in a single place, including some of the ones above, you can go to www.pontiac.com/ncaa. The Pontiac Web site however is prone to crashing and plays its videos on a smaller screen than YouTube.
On the flip side, the Pontiac video and audio quality is better. Here's a sample:
Week 1: California,
a punt return for a TD
Week 4: Wake Forest,
a 100-yard INT for a TD
Week 6: Stanford,
TD pass to upset USC
Week 8: Delaware State, fumble recovery for 99-yard TD
Week 9: Boston College,
QB scrambles for TD pass
Week 12: Boston College,
QB scrambles for TD pass
Week 13: Missouri,
QB scrambles for TD pass
My sister Melanie's thoughts
Trevor and I spent last week on the Big Island of Hawaii, going to see our sister Claudia graduate from the University of Hawaii-Hilo. Even though Hilo has their own athletic program, called the Vulcans, everyone was excited for the Hawaii football team whose campus is in Honolulu.
In fact the whole state is in the Warrior spirit, whether it's at the airport or at restaurants. There's no doubt the Warriors will have plenty of momentum going into the game, but will it be enough to overcome Georgia?
Also one of the speakers at Claudia's graduation warned of a future "freshwater shortage." Right after he said that it rained so hard it nearly drowned out the rest of his speech, making him add "maybe not a water shortage here in Hilo."
TREVOR WILLIAMS, sports copy editor, may be reached at email@example.com or 855-5866.
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