Knock It Down!!!
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Trailing Georgia by one with 36 ticks left on the clock, on 4th and 18 on Auburn's 27-yard-line, Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall launched a pass deep down the seam. Bulldogs defensive backs Tray Matthews and Josh Harvey-Clemons attempted to intercept the ball, but it deflected off Harvey-Clemons and fell directly into the arms of Tigers wideout Ricardo Louis, who literally found the ball in his hands without having to break stride. Here's the video, via The Big Lead:
Want to know what it's like for a coach to watch his team's 20-point fourth quarter comeback against an SEC rival be undermined by a fluke play? This, right here. Synchronized collapsing. The win by 7th-ranked Auburn sets up a winner-take-SEC West showdown against undefeated Alabama in the November 30 Iron Bowl.
Much, Much More College Football
USC upset No. 4 Stanford 20-17 in a game correctly predicted by College Gameday's Lee Corso, who cut himself swordfighting with Kirk Herbstreit ... Entering from stage left and comically sliding into position: Michigan's placeholder for a last-second, game-saving field goal ... The most helpless position on the field: cameraman, one of whom get got trucked at the Oklahoma-Iowa State game ... The most dangerous position on the field: kick returner ... Watch an unsuspecting streaker get leveled by a state trooper at the Oklahoma game ... Cartel Brooks of Division III Hedelberg University set an all-division NCAA college football rushing record with 465 yards on the ground on 38 carries. Put another way: That's more than a minute of sprinting up and down the field unimpeded ... Celebrating its first conference win in its past 28 tries with a victory over West Virginia, Kansas fans removed the goal post from its stadium and deposited it it in Potter Lake ... You knew we weren't going to leave out that astonishing catch by No. 17 UCF Knights receiver J.J. Worton (and honorable mention one and two).
Oral History of the Heidi Game
On the 45th anniversary of the infamous NFL/broadcasting whoopsie, Extra Mustard compiled an oral history of the bizarre moment when made-for-TV movie defeated both the Jets and Raiders.
Cheerleader of the Week
Rutgers senior cheerleader Jordan Drozjock's last name lent itself nicely to four years as a collegiate athlete. The communications major is a native of Wayne (New Jersey), a Giants fan, and as her guilty TV pleasure indicates, a Jersey girl through and through.
My friends would be surprised to know that: "I cannot help but feel sad for people who sit alone at restaurants or in public."
Most embarrassing thing to happen during a game: "During a timeout at a game my freshman year, I went up in an extension and held a big “R” sign towards the crowd. As I brought the sign up I sliced my nose and it immediately started bleeding and wouldn't stop because it was so cold outside. Basically I gave myself a giant paper cut."
If I had to watch one movie or TV Show over and over again: "She’s The Man could crack me up for the rest of my life. Also, August Rush and Sweet Home Alabama are two of my favorites."
Guilty pleasure: "The Real Housewives franchise … and Pinterest."
If you want to see more of Jordan, check out the full gallery.
According to the New York Post, Jets coach Rex Ryan eschewed the normal pre-game offensive and defensive meetings to bring the team to the Dave & Buster's in Buffalo, presumably to determine whether cornerback Dee Milliner has enough range to cover a whack-a-mole board. It's easier to get away with moves like these when you're winning more games than you're losing.
Meet Tony Picard, a typical 6' 4" 400-hundred pound ... high school running back.
Ill-Advised Teaser of the Week
Yes, the Ill-Advised Teaser (I-AT) is off to an inauspicious (if not appropriate) start, but I'm laying the blame for last week's Titans failure squarely on the game ball, which squirted loose eight times, six of them into Jaguars hands. Nevertheless, we roll on. I'm not giving a Jim Fassel guarantee yet, but in one sentence: I'm having a hard time believing San Fran's 32-ranked passing attack is going to keep pace with the Saints (-3) in the Superdome when all New Orleans does is annihilate teams at home. We're staying strong at home with the boisterous crowd in Seattle (-12.5), which is getting the gang back together: Pro Bowl starting center Max Unger and both starting tackles return to the field today. The boys will be hungry against the lowly Minnesota Petersons. So that's Saints teased to +3 and the Seahawks -6.5 in the Seismic Special.
Odds and Ends
Pistons rookie forward Tony Mitchell narrowly edged assistant coach Rasheed Wallace in a dunk contest ... Trey Burke figured out how to operate that mound of flesh inside his mouth ... Georges St-Pierre won a controversial split decision in UFC 167 over challenger Johny Hendricks, but left looking like this ...
FOX Sports Live's Donovan McNabb made the tired, First Take-esque argument that NASCAR drivers aren't athletes ... Kyrie Irving toyed with the Wizards last night ... Mike Tyson live-tweeted HBO's airing of an Iron Mike documentary and his remarks were pretty Tyson-y ... Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown threw down a slick 360 alley-oop, a move I can't even execute during pool basketball.
The Muscles from Brussels
This is supposed to be a car spot but I'm pretty sure it's just an ad for Jean-Claude Van Damme's legs and/or indestructible crotch.
The longstanding Breaking Bad theory that "Heisenberg" was actually a Hal (of Malcolm in the Middle) delusion proved correct.