WEEK 3 – College Football Crisis Management Award

Because this is the Safe Harbor Consulting Crisis Management Football Award, we must start our article on Week 3 in College football talking about a college football team that was actually dealing with a real crisis.  The University of Colorado postponed its football game against Fresno State due to flooding in the area following historic rainfall amounts.  On what turned out to be a beautiful day for a football game in Boulder, CO, the entire football team was working in the stadium serving free meals to people impacted and displaced by the floods.  So, before writing about football games, we must tip our hats to the young men of Colorado who were busy with assisting in a real life crisis.  Thank you, University of Colorado football players, staff and administration for adjusting your priorities and assisting your community in their time of need and helping to manage this local crisis.

Now, let’s take a look at the football results.


As we start to get deeper into the season, fewer FCS teams appear on FBS schedules.  As a result, Week 3 included 61 games (one game was postponed) as opposed to the 75 games in Weeks 1 and 2.  Of those 61 games, 33 (54%) were won by teams that trailed at one point.  Of those 33 games, 10 winning teams overcame deficits of more than 7 points.  Interestingly enough, 6 of the 10 teams that overcame deficits of more than 1 touchdown were visiting teams.

Two games included tremendous, 18 point comebacks.  UCLA overcame an 18 point deficit to defeat Nebraska, 41-21.  And, North Texas rallied back from 18 points down to topple Ball State, 34 – 27.  Even though these comebacks would have been enough to win the Safe Harbor College Football Crisis Management Award in either of Week 1 or Week 2, it was not enough for Week 3, as this week included an amazing rally back from 21 points down.

The Week 3 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award goes to UNLV who rallied back from 21 points down to defeat Central Michigan, 31 – 21.

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unlvThe Rebels of UNLV entered Saturday’s football game at home following huge losses in the first two weeks of the season.  The team was still licking their wounds from a Week 1, 51 – 23 point loss to Minnesota and a Week 2, 58 – 13 shellacking at the hands of the Arizona Wildcats as they got ready to host the 1 – 1 Central Michigan Chippewas from the Mid-American Conference.

The Chippewas were the first team to find the end zone, scoring on a 3 yard run by Saylor Lavallii near the end of the first quarter.  And, Central Michigan would find the end zone two more times before UNLV could get on track.  Following another 3 yard rushing touchdown by Lavallii and a 20 yard pass from Cooper Rush to Titus Davis, it looked like another long Saturday on the football field for the home standing Rebels.  But, then, they answered the wake-up call.

UNLV’s first score on the comeback trail came following a 5 play 76 yard drive near the end of the first half that culminated in a 12 yard touchdown pass from Caleb Herring to Devante Davis and they went into the locker room at half time down 21 – 7.

The Rebels then started the second half with a 12 play 80 yard drive that was capped off by a 12 yard touchdown run by Tim Cornett.  Now, the one-time 21 point lead was back down to one score as the Rebels trailed 21 – 14.

The UNLV defense that had given up 109 points in the first two games and 21 points in the first half of this game finally found their stride (and, perhaps, their pride) and started to stiffen up against the fighting Chippewas.  And, a couple of offensive series later, Caleb Herring connected with Devante Davis once again for a long touchdown pass of 42 yards.  And, just like that, the teams were back to even and the UNLV defense was gaining confidence.

When UNLV’s Nolan Kohorst hit on a 34 yard field goal at the start of the 4th quarter, the Rebels had scored an amazing 24 unanswered point after trailing 21 – 0.

As Central Michigan was driving to try to retake the lead, UNLV’s Peni Vea intercepted a Cooper Rush pass at the UNLV 6 yard line and the lead was secured.  The UNLV offense then went on a 13 play, 90 yard drive to put the game away with the third Herring to Davis touchdown pass – this one from 12 yards out.

As the final gun sounded, the 21 points that the Chippewas put on the scoreboard before UNLV decided to start playing was still there – but the 0 that stood next to UNLV now showed a 31 – good enough to win the game and secure the Safe Harbor College Football Crisis Management Award for Week 3.

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Businesses, just like college football teams, can experience huge deficits from business interruption events in which they must rally from behind to stay in the game.  In the area of Crisis Management, game day is the arrival of the tornado; the coming floods; the day the hurricane strikes; a fire; a regional pandemic; technology failures; or any of a variety of risks and threats that can interrupt your business processes and/or the technologies that support them.  And, just like college football teams, your ability to overcome these deficits is directly related to the time and effort you put into planning your strategies and practicing your emergency response, business continuity and disaster recovery plays.

Safe Harbor Consulting has assisted companies and organizations, large and small, in preparing and exercising their crisis management and business continuity playbooks.  To learn more about how Safe Harbor Consulting can help you prepare for your greatest comeback, please visit our website at www.safeharborconsulting.biz; visit us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-Harbor-Consulting/204353729604053; or, call us at (253) 509-0233.

Congratulations to the UNLV Rebels for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 3 of the 2013 college football season.   Now, bring on Week 4.

Week 3 – Honorable Mentions

UCLA coming from 18 behind to beat Nebraska 41-21

North Texas coming from 18 behind to beat Ball State 31 – 21


Week 2 – Winner (To read the Week 2 article, click here.)

SMU coming from 17 behind to beat Montana State 31 – 30


Week 1 – Winners (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)

North Dakota State coming from 14 behind to beat Kansas State 24 -21

Troy coming from 14 behind to beat UAB 34 – 31

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