I have my MLIS from there but I will laugh hysterically at this for the next few minutes.
Kent State Punts, Gets Fumble, Returns it 50 Yds in Wrong Direction
Why did they tackle him? They should've waited until he got to the endzone and scored 2 for it, lol. Maybe next time...
& then goad him into tossing you the ball for a TD.
"Don't throw that ball at me"
Not sure what's worse. The Kent State players returning it the wrong way, or all of Towson actually trying to chase him down to prevent him from getting the safety
the trash talking after the 'return'
Epic would have been his own teammates having to tackle him to prevent the safety.
KSU guy on the 10, high stepping and starting to prematurely celebrate a bit and one of his teammates spears him. I would have lost at least two internal organs due to laughing.
Question: With the new taunting rules in place, if he had high-stepped his way into the end zone, would the refs have nullified the safety? MIND ASPLODE
Yes, the penalty would nullify the safety, but of course Towson would decline the penalty and take the points. I assume that no team has ever declined an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but this would be a situation where you would want to do that.
Dudes were blocking too! Great stuff.
I thought a muffed punt couldn't be advanced...err, declined? Either way, still hilarious.
I guess the NCAA never thought about this happening when they made the rules
Nice way to start the year, Kent! Who is coaching this cluster$#@#%?
(OSU coaching tree, I believe.)
Huh, maybe some guys do play football while stoned.
Not shocked if they were. It's Kent State....
Wait a minute, Wait a minute, HOLY MOLY
Ok. Did ANYONE else think of Little Giants?
"I'm gonna score a touchdown! I'M GONNA SCORE A TOUCHDOWN!!"
Works great with your sig too haha
Still doesn't explain running backwards....
We are laughing at you, not with you.
I can't imagine being this poor guy. The best he can hope for is that this gets him free drinks in Akron for the rest of his life.
Dear lord I hope the first scenario doesn't happen for the sole reason that I don't want to hear about it everytime Musburger is on a broadcast.
He talks shit afterwards too, and it looks like he doesn't realize it until he's halfway off the field.
It sure seems like Kent State would benefit from a preseason or an exhibition game, but I'm sure glad they weren't afforded that opportunity.
In all seriousness I cannot laugh at this. I feel awful for that guy.
I know this kid's family. He's a good kid that has overcome a lot. This hurts though.
The Towson guys who ran him down must feel dumb as hell too.
But that KSU player will never live this down. It could be worse, though. He could have returned it all the way.
Hello not top 10!
Can someone who has played football at a high level explain what any of these people are thinking? I don't understnand how this can happen.
1. This is not football at a high level.
2. The instinct to tackle the guy with the ball overshadows any nagging thoughts like "Wait, WTF?" The kids were probably thinking it was the wrong way, but none of them wanted to be the one to stop pursuing, especially since everyone else on the field was playing as usual. Herd mentality is actually a pretty cool thing.
is still a D1 football player. Most likely it's somebody who has been playing the game since they were a kid, you think running the ball in the correct direction would be ingrained into the player's brain at this point.
A high school player with even one MAC offer is in the top what, one percent, of football players nationwide? Even that might be a little on the generous side. This is definitely high level football, even if KSU isn't super elite like the bigger conference schools.
Much more of a time commitment. If I could do it all over again, I would try to get into one of the DIII lacrosse schools in Maryland (assuming I could learn the game).
I was actually talking this evening about how I was glad DI hockey wasn't an option for me. I was ripping on a certain softball coach yet again and realized what life would be like in a high level hockey program (and how little chance I would have to get tons of ice time). Forty hours a week plus classes spanning two semesters doesn't sound that appealing at this point.
Of course, to high school justingoblue that might be a different story.
can fuel efforts that may seem impossible to a more jaded older adult.
For college chess, my options were basically UTD (no), Chicago (possible), or Maryland. There are some other teams but those are the biggest three teams. We talked about setting up matches with other schools at the Michigan chess club but I never participated in a match.
I did as well (another case of "would have been a terrible fit"...I think). If so, what was your essay topic? It's plenty nerdy, but still interesting to hear.
Chicago did not have a great engineering school so I did not wind up applying there. Maryland had the strongest engineering out of the 3 so likely that would be my "chess school". Nowadays I rep Team Michigan in intense correspondence chess battles.
has no engineering school. This is the essay prompt I responded to:
The University of Chicago has a venerable tradition of seminar-based learning, in which students and professors gather around the classroom table to discuss ideas. Less venerable, but no less valuable, is our tradition of conversation around another table–the dinner table. Indeed, on any given night you will find members of our student community breaking bread together, discussing everything from The Symposium to The Simpsons. We in the admissions office would argue that a community can be defined by its table—by its shape, by who finds a seat there, by what transpires there, by what is inspired there. Tell us about your table.
Still one of my favorite writing pieces I've done, even though a Buckeye made a paragraph long appearance (to be fair she wasn't all scarlet and grey at the time this was written, there was some good left in her, ala Return of the Jedi).
Chicago doesn't have an engineering school yet Fermi built the first nuclear fission reactor under the grandstands of thier football field at the time.
Would ever do this....
Sorry to be the one to say this, but the refs ended up making the correct call: Kent State ball at the spot of the fumble recovery (the Towson 7 yard line), first and goal. None of that wrong-way return actually happened.
The punt was not fumbled; it was muffed. A muffed kick can not be advanced if it is recovered by the kicking team.
Reference: Play-by-play (the last Kent State drive of the second quarter) http://www.kentstatesports.com/sports/fball/2012-13/boxscores/20120830_2...
True. We should have realized this rule. It's like the muffed punt we recovered to beat Wisconsin in 2001 where it couldn't be advanced so Hayden Epstein just kicked the field goal to win it.
And it's also the reason we beat Notre Dame 35-31 and not 41-31 in the UTL game last year (remember the T. Robinson recovery of the final kickoff of the game that he advanced to the endzone but was ruled a muff and not a fumble).
I was under the impression that there is no such thing as muffing a kickoff. Aren't kickoffs live unless someone calls a fair catch or the ball touches the end zone? I thought they ruled him down before he fumbled through the endzone. And since it could not have affected the outcome of the game no one bothered to review it.
The ball is live on a kickoff, but the kicking team cannot advance it - unless the receiving team has possession and fumbles first. The ND returner touched the ball but did not possess it, so the play was dead once we picked it up.
You're right but wrong. They are live after ten yard but they cannot be advanced by the kicking team.
As stated by others, the ball is live, but muffed kickoffs can not be advanced by the kicking team.
If you were at the game, and happened to be looking the right direction, you would have seen the referee blowing the ball dead as soon as Michigan established possession, marking it at the 14 yard line. The official play-by-play confirms this as well--Michigan recovery at the Notre Dame 14, no advancement.
Here in Northeast Ohio, we say you can go to college or you can go to Kent!
College player picked up the ball and ran the wrong way. Did not hurt his team and now he has a great highlight to show his kids. Laugh and the world laughs with you! Think of it sort of like the Stanford Cal band kickoff return play and enjoy it.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seems like northeast Ohio hasn't heard of a little alternative center for learning in Columbus.
Kent read, Kent write, Kent State.
It would have been so much better if nobody chased him and he celebrated like a mad man when he got a safety.
It's not the worse thing to happen to Kent State ever....
not cool man
thats funny... i have always made up such plays in my mind and laughed at the stupidity of the whole situation....they should have shown the coach's reactions too....
I laughed initially but I feel bad for this guy.