Reader and graphic designer Brian Downing shows off his skills with the above, which I wish I was aware of before attempting my own "Al Borges is trolling us all" GIF:
Brian's (NTB's) is obviously superior; both of these are exempted from voting this week since they're edited. There's still plenty to choose from after the jump, mostly featuring Indiana not playing defense and various reactions to the on-field insanity. It's a good crop, so...
As always, click the links/stills to open each GIF in a lightbox, and don't forget to vote for your favorite at the end of the post.
Gardner jukes a guy silly for Michigan's first score. Thomas Gordon interception the first. Jake Butt lays a huge block on this Funchess catch. Thomas Gordon interception the second. Fitz jukes a different guy silly. Fitz punches in the final touchdown. Despondent IU band member.
10. Marcus Ray-mon Taylor
GIF title stolen from BiSB, who noted the striking similarity between this hit and Marcus Ray's spectacular upending of David Boston in 1997.
9. Tre Roberson's Thumb
WARNING: Contains brief look at Tre Roberson's dislocated thumb, though by sports injury standards it's not particularly gross-looking. I had to include this for Kevin Wilson basically going "what the hell's wrong with your thu--OH GOD SOMEONE ELSE TAKE CARE OF THIS."
The reaction of the trainer—as well as the curious onlooking of the nearby Indiana player and assistant coach—is also pretty great. Not helping matters: Roberson himself, who responded to Nate Sudfeld's interception in a fashion not conducive to healing a dislocated thumb.
I guess this is a the right place to note that I didn't GIF Antonio Allen's worm-like attempt to get up on the sideline, which was requested a few times, because he tore his ACL on the play. Here's hoping for a quick and full recovery.
8. Watch The Pump Fake (Also, NEVER DO THAT AGAIN)
Devin Gardner pulls off a hilariously effective pump fake, then all hilarity is lost when he gets nailed with a late hit after crossing the goal line. Points to the ref for hitting the offending IU player directly in the leg with the flag.
7. The Yin and Yang of Norfleet
Cheating and including multiple GIFs in one spot, which will become a theme shortly. Here, the Norfleet giveth with a set of ankle-breaking jukes:
Then the Norfleet taketh away by reversing field twice and cedes about ten yards of field position in the process:
But hey, it was exciting.
6. Taylor Lewan Cares Not About His Bloody Face
Title is self-explanatory.
5. Gardner Barrel Roll
Didn't stick the landing, but style points are still rewarded for the seamless transition into celebration mode (followed quickly by "ow, I hurt" mode).
4. Flying Funchess
2. Keep an eye out for the cameraman in the background, who picks a most unfortunate time to switch cameras. He's thankfully a good sport about this.
3. By request, here's Fuller's awesome shot of the play with one slight alteration:
3. IU Band Guy
After Thomas Gordon's game-sealing interception, this IU piccolo player rips through the Kübler-Ross stages of grief in about two seconds and punctuates his acceptance by throwing up the 'I'. This is a man who's all too familiar with football's fickle nature.
2. JEREMY GALLON
Photoshop crashed when I attempted to string together all of Gallon's catches, so here are several highlights.
Leaping, twisting catch on third down:
A second look, piecing together stills by our own Eric Upchurch:
Gallon breaks Roundtree's record, gets Roundtree'd in the process, reacts accordingly:
Indiana's defense decides not to guard the guy with 300+ yards:
I know Funchess is scary and Gallon is beating defenders over the top, but a 20-yard cushion seems a little excessive.
Also: 70-yard tunnel screen. Gallon's first touchdown.
FRAMES OF THE GAME: This Game, Basically
The girl has the perfect reaction to this game regardless of context, but especially after Gardner's fumbled snap, which is the moment the game reached peak ridiculousness. Potentially even better is the shifty-eyed look of the guy right below the scoreboard graphic. Yeah, man, we're not quite sure what's going on, either.