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10 Craziest College Football Plays Through Week 8

The season's most memorable moments...so far.

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. 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 09:47

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