Each week, Campus Union will delve into the fun, the weird and the wacky of college football with a series called Between The Hashes. It’s a way to decompress from the madness of the week, and to find a few things that you might have missed.
As we reflect on the regular season coming to an end (not quite yet, as there are a few stragglers happening next week for leagues without conference championships), and with our blood laced with turkey gravy, let me just say how much fun it has been putting this piece together every Sunday during the season. It's the fans, the mascots, the plays, the pictures, the quotes, the uniforms and the memories that make college football as great as it is. Recapping that from week to week has given me an even greater appreciation of what this sport is all about.
Week 14 is behind us, and it couldn't have been any more exciting. I tweeted on Saturday that we were a Hawaii win away from the perfect college football weekend -- and it happened. Let's dig in.
World War Eagle
Maybe you heard, but this year's Iron Bowl was pretty special. One second of game time changed the entire college football season. And it was this play that unfolded:
SI.com's Pete Thamel wrote from the scene:
They didn't want to leave. That's what happens when the craziest finish in the history of college football unfolds on the sleepy Alabama plains. It kicks off a party that's a graduation celebration, wedding reception and sorority formal all rolled into one primal scream. Photos flashed straight to Instagram. Elderly couples hobbled on the field and pecked lips. Families posed for Christmas card pictures.
And there were plenty of pictures and videos from the memorable finish. First, the radio call:
And the reaction from Ohio State's team bus:
Even Big Boi weighed in.
— Big Boi (@BigBoi) December 1, 2013
Fans posted their reactions to the game on YouTube:
And the pictures rolled in one by one.
It's a wipe out!! The scene at Toomer's Corner in Auburn,Al. @PaulPabst @HiMyNameIsSeton pic.twitter.com/8S7EXs14Em
— Daren Carpenter (@Darencarpenter) December 1, 2013
We'll all be talking about this game for a long time.
'BAMA KANSAS ... wait
Missouri is rightfully celebrating its appearance in the SEC Championship Game, but lost in the conference realignment shuffle was one of college sports' biggest rivalries: The Border War. At least one dutiful fan kept things in perspective.
"We Want kANSAS" - whatever the hell for? http://t.co/X0BdEgYete
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) December 1, 2013
Dial M for Rivalry
The Michigan-Ohio State game is always a big deal. For whatever reason, Ohio governor John Kasich decided to get in the act this year by having a little fun with the idea that Ohio State fans and alumni don't say the word Michigan. Only he went one step further, banning the letter 'M' on Saturday -- something I personally have an issue with because I tend to enjoy the letter 'M.'
Having a little fun with THE rivalry. To*orrow, Ohio goes without a letter in the alphabet. #Buckeyes pic.twitter.com/eXzLhcS7z9
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) November 29, 2013
Earlier in the week, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's wife joined in on the antics:
This is what Coach _eyer had to deal w last night when he got ho_e, after using that bad word yesterday pic.twitter.com/2tc5BFxRZE
— Shelley meyer (@spinnershells) November 26, 2013
But it wasn't all exactly playful nonsense. The two teams got in a kerfuffle during the second quarter of Saturday's game. After the final whistle, the players kept talking.
Taylor Lewan; "That's not the No. 3 team in the country."
— Everett Cook (@everettcook) November 30, 2013
Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde: “(Michigan) went for two because they didn’t want to go to overtime. They knew what would’ve happened.”
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) November 30, 2013
Quotes of the Week
Let's go ahead and get it out of the way: Steve Spurrier and Les Miles are head-and-shoulders favorites to win the season-long award in this category. Miles gave his take on Thanksgiving food. While it wasn't quite as good as his explanation of Columbus Day, we'll take it.
And Spurrier went unfiltered after the Gamecocks beat Clemson on Saturday, their fifth straight victory in the series.
"They don't play well when they play us, they had a bunch of turnovers." LOVE YOU, SPURRIER.
— Spencer Hall (@edsbs) December 1, 2013
Spurrier - "sorry I'm late, had to get that damn Gatorade outta my hair. Supposed to do that after bowls, not home games."
— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) December 1, 2013
Nebraska's Kenny Bell had a creative way of showing his support for coach Bo Pelini:
Kenny Bell: "I would play for Bo Pelini against Satan himself and a team of demons at the gates of the underworld. I love coach Pelini."
— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) November 29, 2013
While Pelini himself had a curt response to a halftime interview:
The Memorial UGA I – UGA VIII Mascot Award
Best wishes go to Mississippi State student Micheala Mills, who suffered a broken leg during the Egg Bowl against Ole Miss when she was hit by the ESPN golf cart. But staying in character and keeping your mascot head on? Now that's worthy of commendation.
state's mascot was just run over by the ESPN golf cart... pic.twitter.com/0NmjbzYHRT
— Luke Shemwell (@Lucipher_Shem) November 29, 2013
The Ricky Dobbs All-Stars
A hodgepodge of some of the better stat lines of Week 14.
Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch: 5-of-17, 39 yards, 1 TD; 321 rushing yards (FBS record for a quarterback), 3 rushing TD in 33-14 win over Western Michigan
Ball State QB Keith Wenning: 27-of-33, 445 yards, 6 TD in 55-14 win over Miami (Ohio)
Fresno State QB Derek Carr: 38-of-50, 519 yards, 6 TD, 1 INT in 62-52 loss to San Jose State
San Jose State QB David Fales: 37-of-45, 547 yards, 6 TD; 33 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD in 62-52 win over Fresno State
Central Michigan RB Zurlon Tipton: 216 yards, 4 TD in 42-10 win over Eastern Michigan
Washington RB Bishop Sankey: 200 yards, 1 TD in 27-17 win over Washington State
Oregon WR Josh Huff: 9 catches, 186 yards, 3 TD in 36-35 win over Oregon State
Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin: 9 catches, 212 yards, 3 TD in 37-7 win over Florida
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller: 6-of-15, 133 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT; 153 rushing yards, 3 rushing TD in 42-41 win over Michigan
Michigan QB Devin Gardner: 32-of-45, 451 yards, 4 TD; 1 rushing TD in 42-41 loss to Ohio State
Maryland QB C.J. Brown: 13-of-25, 259 yards, 2 TD; 138 rushing yards, 3 rushing TD in 41-21 win over NC State
North Texas RB Brandin Byrd: 251 yards, 3 TD in 42-10 win over Tulsa
Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian: 31-of-44, 414 yards, 4 TD in 37-34 win over Illinois
Indiana QB Tre Roberson: 25-of-37, 273 yards, 6 TD, 2 INT; 154 rushing yards in 56-36 win over Purdue
Stanford RB Tyler Gaffney: 189 yards, 1 TD in 27-20 win over Notre Dame
Boise State RB Jay Ajayi: 147 yards, 1 TD; 4 catches, 105 yards, 1 receiving TD in 45-17 win over New MexicoUNLV QB Caleb Herring: 20-of-30, 270 yards, 5 TD; 60 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD in 45-19 win over San Diego State