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10/29/2007

Trinity University wins Game with 15-Lateral Touchdown

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 11:18 am



[Guest post by DRJ]

The Trinity University football team was down 24-22 with 2 seconds remaining when it pulled off the play of the week and maybe even the year. You have to see it to believe it and here’s the write-up:

“Picture the ending of the Stanford-California game in 1982, without the band and with three times as many laterals. Trinity University used 15 laterals after a completed pass on the final play of the game for an unlikely touchdown and 28-24 victory Saturday at stunned Millsaps. Call it the “Mississippi Miracle” for the Tigers, an NCAA Division III team in San Antonio.

“Things have to go perfectly for that to work,” coach Steve Mohr told The Associated Press after the Tigers got home Sunday night from Jackson, Miss. “We couldn’t do that against air if we tried.”

One of life’s best lessons: Never give up.

— DRJ

15 Responses to “Trinity University wins Game with 15-Lateral Touchdown”

  1. Thanks for posting, had heard about it but not yet seen it. Craziest thing I ever saw. I think The Three Stooges had a routine like that in one of their shows. Curly scored.

    driver (faae10)

  2. Given the length of time they took on the play, it should also go down as the “longest” play from scrimmage in college football history.

    Steverino (990606)

  3. Hah! That is unbelievable! And the best example EVER of why I do love college ball so!!!

    Good Heavens, how I HOPE AND PRAY Jimbo is forcing Florida State to watch this tape over…and over…and over…and over again. It couldn’t hurt. 😉

    EHeavenlyGads (5ac5e3)

  4. I saw the play on highlights. I thought I was watching a rugby match. It was neat to see Trinity score, though Millsap fans probably don’t think so.

    Stu707 (adbb5a)

  5. Massive kudos to the cameraman who was able to follow that play without a fumble. I’ve watched the video several times, and I still can’t find the ball in some spots. I’m waiting for the non-fan version that puts a moving circle around the ball.

    djmoore (d3e2ee)

  6. I can’t believe that some of those laterals didn’t get batted down.

    Paul (66339f)

  7. “One of life’s best lessons: Never give up”

    I thought the republican party was the party of hardheaded businessmen. So now it’s the party of gambling addicted dreamers?

    “This time I know it’s gonna hit… Come’on baby!”

    blah (e62210)

  8. I thought the republican party was the party of hardheaded businessmen. So now it’s the party of gambling addicted dreamers?

    Maybe you should give up commenting.

    Paul (66339f)

  9. Shi…wow.

    TCO (79dafb)

  10. We live in San Antonio. Trinity is one oof the places my High-School-Senior son is considering for college next year. Go Tigers!

    Paul: Give it up, man. That was a pitiful. To make such a lame attack in a thread about those who put forth so much effort in the face of “impossible” odds is just…well, pitiful!

    Ranten N. Raven (e5e6e1)

  11. CRUD!

    Sorry: Go PAUL!

    blah: Still pitiful. Even if my effort is second rate, it still looks good next to yours.

    Ranten N. Raven (e5e6e1)

  12. I don’t know what’s more impressive:

    The 15 laterals to win.

    -OR-

    The piss-poor defense that can’t bat a single one of them down. I count at least a dozen missed tackles and about 3 broken ones.

    Techie (c003f1)

  13. IIRC a batted-down lateral in college play is a live ball, so just batting them down in bounds won’t end the play.

    htom (412a17)

  14. IIRC a batted-down lateral in college play is a live ball, so just batting them down in bounds won’t end the play.

    Technically, no.

    But a batted down ball and the scrum that would instantly follow would effectively end the play, because in college football, if any part of you touches the ground other than your hands and feet while possessing the ball, you’re down, even if an opposition player doesn’t make contact.

    With no time left on the clock, that’s game over, htom.

    Paul (66339f)


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