aNewDomain.net sports — No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn will play for the BCS national title January 6 in Pasadena, California. The SEC is going for its eighth straight national championship. Meanwhile, our Kerry Kinsey can’t believe people are still talking about the game that kept Alabama from hoisting another crystal football, but there they are. Kerry Kinsey would like them all to please shut up.
A week ago armchair experts were Sunday-morning quarterbacking University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s decision to go for a last second field goal in the Iron Bowl. Auburn’s Chris Davis returned that missed field goal attempt 109-yards for a game-winning touchdown. Here’s an interesting angle that you probably haven’t seen. Check out the video below.
Video courtesy: Auburn Athletic Department
The call by Saban to have Adam Griffith try a 57-yard field goal was the right move. If he hits it, it would have broken a 28-28 tie, and that’s your ballgame. Then we’d be talking about the Florida State University Seminoles playing Alabama in the BSC National Championship Game, instead of FSU and Auburn.
“I can’t wait to skewer him”, said the Atlanta sports radio co-host. He was talking about getting an opportunity to “pile on” in the criticism of Saban. Like he needs it.
Another sports talk guy, a Windy City transplant I should add, went on to rip Alabama fans “who were crying” after their loss to Auburn in that bitter rivalry. Harsh.
The Crimson Tide failed to execute — plain and simple. And not just on the missed field goal. On that play Saban said it looked like the right side of the field goal team didn’t get wide to prevent the return. Saban said Griffith had hit 60-yarders in practice, so he knew he had the leg for it.
But how can you second guess the man who is arguably to the best coach in college football right now? He’s won three national championships in four years. Even if Alabama doesn’t make the long kick, do you know how rare a runback for a touchdown is after a missed field goal?
It’s only happened four times in the last four decades in an FBS (formerly Division I) matchup.
The first one took place in 1966. California defensive back Don Guest returned a missed field goal attempt 108-yards against Washington State. Guest, who is now a Santa Rosa, CA orthodontist, uploaded the video. In the age of Facebook and YouTube there’s nothing wrong with a little self-promotion.
Video courtesy: Don Guest YouTube Channel
Two years later Clemson’s Richie Luzzi did the same at Georgia. Luzzi was eight yards deep in the end zone when he caught a 47-yard missed field goal attempt and ran it back for a score. NCAA records don’t recognize anything over 100 yards, but it’s still the longest play in Clemson history.
It wouldn’t happen again for 45 years. But as you can see in the video below, earlier this season, LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. returned a 59-yard missed field goal attempt for a touchdown against Alabama-Birmingham. Beckham caught the ball nine yards deep in the end zone before going coast-to-coast. By the way, in 1988 I was in Waco, Texas covering Beckham’s father Odell Beckham Sr. He ran the ball for the Marshall Mavericks against Dallas Carter in the Texas State 5A Playoffs. But I digress.
Video courtesy: ESPN YouTube Channel
Now back to the Windy City sports guy who chided Bama fans for crying after a loss? Please. When I was younger, my eyes welled up one time after my Atlanta Falcons dropped a playoff game to the Dallas Cowboys. And when you pull for Atlanta professional teams you’ll cry a river of tears and them some.
Sounds like a column for another day.
For aNewDomain sports, I’m Kerry Kinsey.
Based in Atlanta, Kerry Kinsey is the sports editor at aNewDomain.net. He’s an Emmy-nominated and seven-time AP Award-winning television sports and news anchor/reporter. Kerry has worked in many TV markets including Houston, Philadelphia, Louisville, and Salt Lake City. He’s covered major sporting events, such as the NCAA Final Four, the World Series, the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500, the Kentucky Derby, the PGA Championship, and the Heisman Trophy presentation. As an “Army Brat,” Kerry lived in Japan, Hawaii, Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia. Kerry is passionate about sports and in particular his Atlanta and Georgia sports teams—Falcons, Braves, Hawks, and Bulldogs. His email address is Kerry@aNewDomain.net.