Eyeblack Odyssey argues that college football is good. In honor of that thought, I’ll be posting a series of daily blog entries that celebrate the good in the sport. I have no idea how far I’ll take this, but for now, let us all bask in the awesome.
Let us all bask in … The Puntrooskie
Still reeling from a season-opening loss to Miami, and facing the prospect of punting the ball back to a Top-10 Clemson team on the road late in a tie ball game, FSU head coach Bobby Bowden did the most unconventional thing imagineable … and created one of the most amazing plays in college football history in the process.
The scenario was fourth-and-4 from the Seminoles’ own 21 with 1:30 left to play in a 21-21 game … at which point a bizarre handoff on a fake punt gave the ball to LeRoy Butler, at the time a backup defensive back. What resulted was a 78-yard gain and the game-winning field goal.
This play is really quite phenomenal (both for its timing and for its execution) and deserves all the credit it receives.