This past January 2, in the Rose Bowl, the USC Trojans trailed the Penn State Nittany Lions by a score of 49-35 entering the fourth quarter.  The Trojans rallied to tie the game and, with no time showing on the clock, Matt Boormeester booted a 46-yard field boal to give USC a 52-49 win.  It was called “A Comeback for the Ages”.

Fast forward exactly eight months to Saturday, September 2.  The UCLA Bruins trailed the Texas A & M Aggies by 34 points.  All Josh Rosen and the Bruins did was to stage the biggest FBS comeback since 2006 as they rallied for a 45-44 win…ironically, in the Rose Bowl which is the Bruins’ home stadium.  It was called “A Comeback for the Ages.”  That lasted one week only, thanks to a miraculous finish by the Washington State Cougars over the Boise State Broncos.

Trailing the Broncos by 21 points going into the fourth quarter, Wazzou rallied to tie the game; then won it in the third overtime. Fans who watched the game at Martin Stadium in Pullman were treated to a tremendous offensive display by both teams.  Some of the statistics:

A total of 856 yards by both teams.

There were 166 total plays

The defenses forced seven total turnovers

Once again, it was labeled as “A Comeback for the Ages”!  That is, until the next one occurs…since there are at least two more months left in the college football season, you can count on another “Comeback for the Ages.”

So, how long did a three-overtime game that started at 7:30 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time last?  Well, the writer that filed the story at 11:50 p.m. For those on the East Coast, that was 2:50 a.m.!  In the morning! I have to believe not too many people on the East Coast watched that game until the end.

College Football Sidebars

  1. After taking delight in watching the Ohio State Buckeyes get hammered by Oklahoma, I was wondering when was the last time the Bucks lost two regular season games. Turns out it was 2011; they actually lost their last three games of the regular season…to Purdue, Penn State and Michigan…then, for good measure, they lost to Florida in the Gator Bowl.
  2. Speaking of losing streaks, how about the Governors of Austin Peay from Clarksville, Tennessee? They have lost 29 games in a row and 49 of their last 50 games. Austin Peay has a long way to go in order to catch the all-time record of 80 consecutive losses by Prairie View A & M.
  3. If you were a football head coach, what kind of play would you call if you had a third down and goal to go…FROM YOUR OWN SEVEN-YARD LINE? It happened to Louisiana Tech this past Saturday. Tech fumbled the ball and it was kicked about four or five times before it was downed at their own seven.  So, that made it third and 93 yards!
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