The first-ever Popeyes Bahamas Bowl did not disappoint. Not even a little bit.
Western Kentucky stormed out to a 49-14 lead and seemed to be cruising to an easy bowl win on the beach, but Central Michigan scored 34 unanswered points including one of the most ridiculous final plays you’ll ever see with a chance to tie or win after the clock struck zero. The Chippewas opted to go for two but couldn’t convert, and the Hilltoppers held on, 49-48 (video via the great and powerful @cjzero).
If you weren’t watching, you missed one of the most ridiculous bowl performances, well, ever. That’s the thing about college football. Complain about there being too many bowls. Complain about bowl season being too commercial. Complain about whatever you want. But in college football every game is a chance to see something you’ve never seen before. And 34 unanswered points by Central Michigan in the fourth quarter with a chance to win with a two-point conversion was one of those things.
The Chippewas got 493 yards and seven touchdowns from Cooper Rush, including five touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone. But when Rush’s fade was incomplete on the conversion attempt, the Chips were sent home without a win despite putting every single bit of effort a team can.
Titus Davis had six catches for 139 yards and four touchdowns but was outdone by Rush, who set a bowl record with his seven passing scores.
Naturally, the internet reacted to the end of the game the way only the internet can.
This confirms what we all supposed: All bowl games should be played in the Bahamas. Strike that. All games.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) December 24, 2014
Central Michigan’s last-second play is called, “Hurricane.”— Chad Bishop (@MrChadBishop) December 24, 2014
And the Popeyes exec called WKU the CKU Hilltoppers during the trophy presentation. Quickly corrected himself.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) December 24, 2014
Dan Enos is now 26-36 in five years at CMU, 20-18 over the last three years.— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) December 24, 2014
That game completely changed the way I feel about Popeyes, The Bahamas and bowls.— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) December 24, 2014
but i could have told you nothing would top the popeye's bahamas bowl months ago— Lana Berry (@Lana) December 24, 2014
Can't stop laughing. What a damn ending.— Matt Porter (@mattyports) December 24, 2014
So … I turned off the TV and left the house with 1 second left.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 24, 2014
Central Michigan scored 34 unanswered points in less than 12 minutes. NOT GOOD ENOUGH.— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) December 24, 2014