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5 Times College Football Coaches Broke the Code

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In upsetting Oklahoma on Nov. 13, Baylor's Dave Aranda broke the unwritten rule that you don't run up the score when the game is in hand

When Baylor head coach Dave Aranda called a timeout to kick a field goal with one second left in a 27-14 upset of Oklahoma on Nov. 13, Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley said he broke the coaches' code. While that code seems to be about as sacred as the rules of the Mafia these days, it is still understood that you don't go out of your way to add points when it is clear you are going to win. Here are five times college football coaches broke that social compact.

5. Woody Hayes going for two because he couldn't go for three (1968)

Ohio State head coach Woody Hayes went 12-6 against Michigan from 1951-68. The last win during that period was a 50-14 whipping of the Wolverines in 1968 where Hayes went for two after the final touchdown. When asked why, the colorful and volatile Hayes answered, "Because I couldn’t go for three." The Buckeyes went on to win the national title, but Bo Schembechler arrived in Ann Arbor the next season and Michigan avenged that slight.

4. Jim Harbaugh goes for two against USC (2009)

Stanford was throttling USC in 2009, but Harbaugh kept running up the score and went for two after the seventh touchdown in a 55-21 win. When Pete Carrol met him in the middle of the field after the game, the two had the now-famous below exchange that led to arguably the biggest coaching feud of the 21st century.

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3. Mark Richt and Urban Meyer one-up each other (2007-08)

Georgia had lost 15 of its last 17 games to the Gators and Richt wanted to make a statement with this game. When Knowshon Moreno scored the first touchdown, the entire team ran into the end zone to celebrate, and the Bulldogs went on to win 42-30. The next season, a picture of the celebration hung in every Florida player's locker. Each team had one loss when they met in 2008 and the winner would be in the driver's seat to win the SEC East and have a possible shot at the national title. The Gators jumped out to a 14-3 halftime lead and went on to win 49-10. However, in the final minute of the game, Meyer kept calling timeouts to extend Georgia's misery.

2. Steve Spurrier hangs half a hundred between the hedges (1995)

A book could be written on the number of times Spurrier broke the code, but this may be the most egregious. The Gator Bowl had to be refurbished to house the incoming Jacksonville Jaguars, so the annual Florida/Georgia game was moved to Gainesville in 1994 and Athens in '95. The Bulldogs were 5-3 and limping through head coach Ray Goff's final year. The Gators were undefeated and Spurrier – at the height of his cockiness – decided he wanted to be the first to "hang half a hundred between the hedges." Florida led 38-17 going into the fourth quarter, but Spurrier did not let up accomplishing that goal with 1:21 left in the game in a 52-17 win.

1. John Heisman makes Cumberland play and then beats them 222-0 (1916)

From 1915-18, Georgia Tech went 30-1-2, thrashing almost all of its opponents, but Cumberland had the misfortune of being the team Heisman decided to make an example out of in 1916. Cumberland had discontinued its football program a year earlier, but Heisman would not let the school out of its scheduled game. The reason for this was because Cumberland had beaten the Georgia Tech baseball team, which Heisman also coached, 22-0 earlier in the year allegedly using semi-pro players. So, a ragtag group of fraternity brothers journeyed to Atlanta to represent Cumberland. It is uncertain when they actually gave up, but Georgia Tech led 63-0 at the end of the first quarter and 126-0 at halftime.

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.