College football is rarely lacking in excitement and the first eight weeks of the 2017 season have provided their share of crazy plays. Just when fans think they’ve seen it all, stars like Josh Rosen, Malik Rosier and Trace McSorley produce jaw-dropping moments that dramatically alter the outcome of a game and — in some cases — an entire season.
Here’s a look at the good (Miami's last-second TD), the bad (Sam Ehlinger's INT) and the ugly (Louisiana Tech’s 3rd-and-93) from the first two months of play:
10. The Swiss cheese O-Line
Week 3: Ohio 42, Kansas 30
Poor Peyton Bender. Quarterbacking the listless Kansas Jayhawks can be a rough life. In the GIF below, all five Kansas offensive lineman go for a group cut block and it completely backfires. Kansas’ road losing streak now stands at 44 games — it’s safe to say that the folks in Lawrence are ready for basketball season.
9. The Costly Pick
Week 8: Oklahoma State 13, Texas 10 (OT)
What was Texas QB Sam Ehlinger thinking? The freshman had a chance to win the game - or at least tie it - but instead he threw a pass up for grabs and the ball easily fell into the hands of Oklahoma State’s Ramon Richards in the end zone. The Longhorns are still in search of a big win after narrow losses to USC and Oklahoma.
8. The Hurdle
Week 8: UCLA 31, Oregon 14
Bolu Olorunfunmi's name is the only thing more impressive than his vertical leap. The UCLA tailback took flight against the Ducks by jumping on the back of Oregon DB Mattrell McGraw and flipping into the end zone. Perhaps Steve Alford and the Bruins basketball team have a roster spot for a high-flying walk-on.
7. The Jump Pass
Week 3: USC 27, Texas 24 (Double OT)
Just when it appeared Tom Herman would get his first signature victory at Texas, USC QB Sam Darnold channeled his inner Tim Tebow with a perfectly-timed jump pass. The play fueled USC’s late comeback and eventual overtime victory.
6. The Crazy Sister
Week 6: Western Michigan 71, Buffalo 68 (7OT)
If Western Michigan TE Donnie Ernsberger was unsure of who his biggest fan was, there should no doubt after what transpired in Buffalo on Oct. 7. Ernsberger caught a 14-yard touchdown pass in the first of seven overtimes, and his sister ran onto the field to join the celebration. Her efforts were rewarded with a 15-yard penalty and a police escort out of the stadium.
5. The Game-Winner
Week 4: Penn State 21, Iowa 19
QB Trace McSorley and the Nittany Lions avoided a disastrous upset with a last-second touchdown to beat the Hawkeyes in a hostile road environment. McSorley threw a bullet — off his back foot no less — into a tight window, where JuWuan Johnson made the game-winning grab. Penn State came in at No. 3 in this week's Athlon Sports Top 25.
4. The Season-Saver
Week 6: Miami 24, Florida State 20
With the loss of Semionle QB Deondre Francois to a leg injury, the door was open for Miami to beat Florida State for the first time since 2009. Hurricane QB Malik Rosier led his team to a 75-yard drive in the final minute, tossing a 23-yard yard touchdown pass to Darrell Langham to escape with the win. Miami remains the ACC Coastal front-runner with a 6-0 overall record.
3. The Hail Mary
Week 3: Florida 26, Tennessee 20
Just weeks away from the one-year anniversary of JaJuan Jennings’ hail-mary grab against Georgia, Tennessee found itself on the opposite side of a stunner in Gainesville. Florida QB Felipe Franks hit Cleveland with a 63-yard bomb in stride to steal the victory, further prompting questions about Butch Jones’ future with the Vols.
2. The Fake Spike
Week 1: UCLA 45, Texas A&M 44
Several plays from Josh Rosen’s performance against the Aggies probably could have filled this article. However, Rosen's fake spike to win the game was the stuff of legend, bringing back visions of Dan Marino’s “Clock Play".
1. The 3rd and…93?
Week 2: Mississippi State 57, Louisiana Tech 21
There really aren’t any words to describe this play, but the memory of it will certainly live on for seasons to come. The 87-yard loss was the longest negative play in an FBS game since 2004.