OK so they aren’t kicking the ball off on LP Field for another 27 days, however today is “Reporting Day” for the Kentucky Football team, marking the official start to the 2013 season. The long drought without football has taken me to places I don’t visit often: Playing hours of NCAA College Football 14, watching great games from the past, even going as far as watching CANADIAN football (I can’t believe myself either). While all of those alternatives are great, nothing has helped me get my fix better than watching some of the greatest plays in college football history. Here is a nice compilation (along with some UK favorites) that should (at the least) hold you over until KSR storms CWS for tomorrow’s Media Day.
The 2007 Fiesta Bowl 43-42 Boise State upset over Oklahoma is the greatest display of football I’ve ever seen. The barn-burner produced the most exciting 4th quarter and OT you can ask for in the sport. Below are the 3 highlights that will live in football lore forever. This upset via trick plays is what sets it apart from the NFL, with Ian Johnson’s post-game marriage proposal creating a perfect image for a product that has become more and more tainted with big-money greed. This game allows you to forget the networks and conference realignment and reminisce to the days of backyard football with your neighborhood friends.
Prepare to pick your jaw up off the floor after watching this one. In case you forgot how amazing Devin Hester was in college, let me remind you. Hated by Louisville fans for beating them basically by himself (2 return TDs I believe, including the game-winner), Hester is a player that makes others look like they are standing still. Hester’s freakness actually went with him to the NFL; ask any fans of Da’ Bears and I’m sure they are pleased.
I wasn’t around in the 80s but I’ve heard of the 1984 Orange Bowl. The 50th anniversary of the classic between Miami and Nebraska would most likely decide the National Championship. Arguably the greatest college football game of all-time (they even made a TV movie about the game later that year), the 10.5 point favorite Nebraska needed to comeback in the final minutes to tie Howard Schnellenberger’s squad. Without Overtime rules in college football, the Huskers scored with 48 seconds remaining, needing a 2-point conversion for the win and outright National Title. The pass was batted away and UK’s Schnellenberger was a National Champ. However the coolest play of the game came early on; “The Fumblerooskie” below is hard to describe, so I’ll let the narrator take care of it for me.
I can’t leave out Johnny Football. Like him or not, this will be one of the most replayed college football highlights EVER. I don’t need to say much more, but I can’t help but be envious that my best friend was able to watch the defending National Champs lose to the first Freshman Heisman Trophy winner.
I had never seen “The Run” by Seneca Wallace until today, but every part of this play is awesome ESPECIALLY the block at the end of the run.
Even if you hate Ohio State as much as I do, nothing can give you goose pimples like a Double OT goal line stand to win a National Championship.
If those clips don’t float your boat, then watching Stevie Get Loose should do the trick. It really never gets old.