WEEK 10 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

When you have two undefeated teams play one another, you know your list of undefeated teams will, at least, shrink by one – and, that is all that happened in Week 10.  Florida State stayed undefeated by knocking Miami (FL) off of the undefeated teams list, 41 – 14.  Of the 6 other teams that came into Week 10 undefeated, three of them remained so by virtue of having a bye week and three of them remained so by easily defeating their opponents.  Florida State and Ohio State never trailed in their games, while Northern Illinois was down by 3 early in their game and Fresno State once trailed by 7 in their contest.

So, the list of undefeated teams is now:


Of the un-victorious teams entering Week 10: two of them remained without a victory by virtue of a bye week; and, three of them remained winless by being beaten, once again, by their opponent.  None of the winless teams ever had a lead in the games they played this week.  The list of winless FBS teams remains as follows:



Week 10 included 59 games with FBS teams participating.  Of those 59 games, 27 were won by teams that never trailed in the game.  Of those 27 games, 14 home teams won without ever trailing and 13 visiting teams never faced a deficit in their game.

Of the 24 games in which the winning team trailed at one point or another in the game, 9 teams overcame deficits of more than 8 points.  Five of those 9 teams were the home team and 4 visiting teams rallied back from deficits of 9 points or more.

Although we have already had two teams that have won the Safe Harbor College Football Crisis Management Award on two different occasions, Week 10 gives us our first team to be on the wrong-side of this award two times, as New Mexico State gave up a 21 point lead to Louisiana-Lafayette in a losing effort.  The Aggies were the Week 5 opponent, giving up a 16 point lead to that week’s winner, San Diego State, one of our two-time winners of this award.



Louisiana-LafayetteIn Lafayette, LA, the Ragin’ Cajuns of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, sitting atop of the Sun Belt Conference at 3 – 0, were ready to host the Independent New Mexico State Aggies on an early Saturday evening, homecoming football game.  With the visiting Aggies coming in with a 1 – 7 record, and, their only win being the previous week over FCS Abilene Christian, the alumni were hoping for an easy homecoming victory, stretching the Cajuns’ win streak to 6 games.  What they got instead was an early scare and a dog fight to the end – an end which resulted in Louisiana-Lafayette winning the Week 10 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.

The New Mexico State Aggies were in no mood to be good guests for the Louisiana-Lafayette homecoming crowd.  While the fans were still settling in their seats, the Aggies took the opening kickoff and drove down field on an 11 play, 75 yard drive ending with a 1 yard Andrew McDonald touchdown run.  Then, after stopping the Cajuns’ on their first drive of the game, the Aggies scored on a McDonald to Austin Franklin 65 yard touchdown pass to take a quick 14 – 0 lead and stun the returning alumni.

After just averting a tragedy when Effrem Reed recovered his own fumble on the kickoff at the Louisiana-Lafayette 32 yard line, the Cajuns’ Terrance Broadway connected with Darryl Surgent on a 68 yard touchdown pass on the only play of the drive to give the homecoming crowd something to cheer about.

But, they didn’t cheer for long as the Aggies continued to prove they did not travel this far just to make things easy for the Cajuns.  On their third possession of the 1st quarter, New Mexico State scored their third touchdown of the contest on a McDonald to Travaughn Colwell 36 yard touchdown pass and, as the 1st quarter came to an end, the Cajun’s already trailed New Mexico State, 21 – 7.

The start of the 2nd quarter wasn’t any better for the Cajuns as they failed to do anything on their possession and the Aggies made it 4 for 4 in possessions to touchdowns.  The Aggies’ first possession of the 2nd quarter and fourth possession on the day, resulted in their 4th touchdown, a 1 yard run by Xavier Hall, and a 28 – 7 lead over the not so Ragin’ Cajuns.

After Louisiana-Lafayette put together a touchdown drive of their own, ending with an Alonzo Harris 2 yard touchdown run up the middle to cut the lead to 28 – 14, the Cajuns’ defense finally decided to play ball and held the Aggies to a 3 and out.  Another turnover was avoided on the punt when Surgent recovered his own fumble on the Cajuns’ 34 yard line.  The Cajun’s were unable to score on this drive and the teams went into half-time with the Aggies holding on to that 28 – 14 lead.

If the homecoming crowd was looking for a better start to the second half by their beloved Cajun’s they were extremely disappointed on the first play from scrimmage when a Louisiana-Lafayette fumble was recovered by the Aggies’ Kevin Laudermill on the Cajuns’ 40 yard line.  But, the defense prevented the Aggies from moving the ball and the Cajuns were able to put their offense back on the field after forcing New Mexico State to punt.  This drive was much more pleasant for the home team crowd as Harris ended the 9 play, 85 yard drive with his second rushing touchdown of the day (from 6 yards out).  After missing the extra point, the Cajuns were now down by 8 at, 28 – 20.

The Cajuns’ defense again rose to the challenge and held the Aggies to another 3 and out handing the ball back over the offense.  When Elijah McGuire ran the ball in from 51 yards out, the Cajuns found themselves within 1 point of the Aggies and were now clicking on all cylinders.  Louisiana-Lafayette entered the 4th quarter trailing 28 – 27 but had hopes of continuing their comeback and allowing the homecoming crowd to celebrate another victory.

After forcing another New Mexico State punt, Louisiana-Lafayette finally took their first lead of the game on Harris’s third rushing touchdown of the day, this one from 5 yards out.  A successful two-point conversion gave the Cajuns’ a 7 point lead at 35 – 28.

The  Cajuns’ defense continued to flex their second half muscles when Darius Maxwell intercepted a McDonald pass returning it to the Aggies’ 3 yard line.  One play later, Harris ran in for his fourth touchdown of the day and the Cajuns extended their lead to 42 – 28.

But, the Aggies were not going to give up.  After intercepting a pass of their own, New Mexico State scored on a McDonald to Austin Franklin 7 yard pass to bring the Aggies back to within 7.  After Louisiana-Lafayette recovered the following on-side kick attempt, Harris put the icing on the homecoming cake with his fifth rushing touchdown of the evening, a 30 yard burst to put the Cajuns up 49 – 35; completing the 21 point come-from-behind victory; and, winning the Week 10 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.

Certificate - Week 10 - Louisiana-Lafayette


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.

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Congratulations once again to the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 10 of the 2013 college football season.   Week 11 looks to start the party early with 2 really important BCS impacting games on Thursday night.  Let’s see if any undefeated fall and any winless teams can finally taste victory.  We can hardly wait.

Week 10 – Honorable Mention

Nebraska coming from 14 behind to beat Northwestern, 27 -24.

West Virginia coming from 14 behind to beat TCU, 30 – 27.


Week 9 – Winner  (To read the Week 9 article, click here.)

SMU coming from 21 behind to beat Temple, 59 – 49.


Week 8 – Winner  (To read the Week 8 article, click here.)

Duke coming from 22 behind to beat Virginia, 35 – 22.


Week 7 – Winner  (To read the Week 7 article, click here.)

San Diego State coming from 14 behind to beat Air Force, 27 – 20.


Week 6 – Winner  (To read the Week 6 article, click here.)

San Jose State coming from 11 behind to beat Hawaii, 37 – 27.


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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