WEEK 6 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Just one week after listing the 5 teams that had yet to trail in a College FBS Football Game this season, that list is trimmed down to just one.  Maybe our blog has a Sports Illustrated Cover-like jinx associated with it.  I wonder if a blog has to actually be read by anyone to propagate the jinx-juice to the involved teams.  Anyway – the last team standing and only team left that has yet to trail in a football game this season is the Louisville Cardinals.  As of yet, the Cardinals haven’t really been tested, one of the reasons they don’t rank higher in the polls.  That should change this week when they host 4 – 1 Rutgers on Thursday night.  Let’s see if they can stay another week as the lone survivor on the Not Yet Trailing list.

When we first established the parameters for our Football Crisis Management Award program we understood the real potential of having a week or weeks where there were no big come-from-behind victories.  Week 1 scared us even more when two teams tied for the award with a rather modest 14 point come-from-behind win.  We were then worried that we might have to write about multiple winners each week.  Week 2 then brought us a single award winner rallying back from a 3 score, 17 point deficit and we grew less worried.  Week 3 presented us with a rather impressive 21 point comeback and Week 4 only missed that mark by 1 point with a 20 point deficit overcome by the victors.  Week 5 saw the deficit drop down to 16 points, but that is still 2 touchdowns with 2 2-point conversions and, we had just a single winner.  Then came Week 6 and our fears were almost realized.  Going into the last game of the week, way out in the Hawaiian Islands, way after most of the football viewing nation was tucked into bed either rejoicing in victory or agonizing in defeat, we had a 5 way tie for the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award with a very pedestrian 10 point deficit overcome by the winning teams.  Thankfully, for us, Hawaii jumped out to an eleven point lead before falling to San Jose State.  Still a rather ridiculously low deficit to overcome, but at least we had only one game to write about.


As noted above, our greatest fears were almost realized in Week 6 with no real impressive come backs and 5 teams tied for overcoming a deficit of only 10 points with only one game left to be played out in Hawaii (see the Week 6 Honorable Mentions at the end of this blog).  Although a full 55% (31 out of 56) of the games were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game, only 6 of those games included deficits of more than 7 points – 5 games at 10 points and 1 game at 11 points.  Of the 25 games in which the winning team never trailed, 18 of them were won by the Home team.

Week 6 did include two “almost” games in which a team overcame an amazing 21 point deficit in the 4th quarter to tie the game, only to eventually lose it in overtime.  Those teams were: SMU (our Week 2 winner), which lost to Rutgers; and, Nevada, losers to San Diego State (our Week 5 winner) in overtime.


SJS LogoIn Week 5, Hawaii was one of those “almost” teams when they fell just short of an amazing 39 point come-from-behind victory against a ranked Fresno State.  Trailing 42 – 3 in the 3rd Quarter, the Warriors came all the way back to make the score 42 – 37 and had possession of the ball with 2:05 left in the game before their comeback fell short on an intercepted pass as time ran out.  This week, the still winless Warriors were playing host to Mountain West Conference rival San Jose State visiting the island at 1 – 3.

Meanwhile, back on the mainland, after having already completed my analysis of all the other college football games this week, without a rooting interest in either team, I was pulling hard for one or the other to get out to a larger than 10 point lead and then lose the game.  (This darn promotion has totally changed the way I watch college football games.)  Luckily for me, the teams cooperated.

The Spartans started off the scoring with a 44 yard field goal by Austin Lopez on their first possession, but the Warriors followed that up with two touchdowns; one on a Chris Grant 9 yard run and one a Sean Schroeder to Vasquez Haynes 8 yard pass.  With 3:18 still left in the 1st quarter, Hawaii had an 11 point lead at 14 – 3 and, yours truly suddenly became a San Jose State fan.

And, the San Jose State comeback would start on the next series, a scoring drive that took all of 1:40 ending with a 61 yard touchdown pass from David Fales to Chandler Jones.  The Spartans then proceeded to put up 17 unanswered points in the 2nd quarter to enter halftime with a 27 – 14 lead.  Now, I could go to sleep with the assurance that I had a single game to write about.  San Jose State had already come back from 11 points down and, if the Warriors rallied back for a win, they would have come back from a 13 point deficit – a good thing, either way.

Midway through the 3rd quarter, the Spartans added to their lead with a 27 yard touchdown pass from David Fales to Tyler Winston and San Jose State was on top, 34 – 14.  The Warriors answered this score with 3rd Quarter touchdown pass of their own from 28 yards out when Sean Schroeder connected with Billy Ray Stutzman, and the two teams entered the 4th Quarter with the Spartans holding a 34 – 21 lead.

The 4th Quarter started with a 37 yard Spartan field goal by Austin Lopez to make it 37 – 21.  Half way through the final quarter, the Warriors hit on a 50 yard touchdown pass from Schroeder to Grant, but failed on their 2 point conversion attempt and were held scoreless for the remainder of the game.  When the final gun sounded, the Warriors were still looking for their first win; the Spartans improved their record to 2 – 3; and, Safe Harbor Consulting had a single winner for the Week 6 College Football Crisis Management Award.

Certificate - Week 6 - San Jose State


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 San Jose State Spartans for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 6 of the 2013 college football season.   Week 6 had plenty of exciting football games with interesting and impactful outcomes – it was just lacking in the big come-from-behind victories department.  I hope Week 7 produces a potential award winning game early in the schedule so I don’t have to sweat it out in the end – fingers crossed.

Week 6 – Honorable Mention

Ohio State coming from 10 behind to beat Northwestern.

Texas Tech coming from 10 behind to beat Kansas.

Ball State coming from 10 behind to beat Virginia.

Miami (FL) coming from 10 behind to beat Georgia Tech.

Old Dominion coming from 10 behind to beat Liberty.


Week 5 – Winner  (To read the Week 5 article, click here.)

San Diego State coming from 16 behind to beat New Mexico State 26 -16.


Week 4 – Winner  (To read the Week 4 article, click here.)

Northern Illinois coming from 20 behind to beat Eastern Illinois 43 – 39


Week 3 – Winner (To read the Week 3 article, click here.)

UNLV coming from 21 behind to beat Central Michigan 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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