WEEK 11 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winners

One week deeper into the 2013 College Football Season and one more name is scratched off the list of undefeated teams.  The excitement started early in Week 11 as Thursday night highlighted two-showcase games including 2 of the 7 undefeated teams taking the field against high ranked opponents.  In the evening’s earlier contest, the undefeated (and, some would say, untested) Baylor Bears rose to the challenge and, rather convincingly, handled #10 ranked Oklahoma, 41 -12, although the Sooners did hold a baseball-score-like 5 – 3 lead early in the game.  In the nightcap, the Stanford Cardinal helped trim the list of remaining undefeated teams by one when they hosted and defeated the Oregon Ducks, in a surprisingly low-score affair, 26 – 20, in which Oregon put up all 20 points in the last quarter before time ran out on their attempted comeback.

On Saturday: Alabama remained undefeated, getting by #13 LSU, 38 – 17, although the Crimson Tide did trail by 4 points early in the 2nd quarter and the game was all square at 17 – 17 late in the 3rd quarter; Florida State stayed among the undefeated by easily defeating Wake Forest 59 – 3 in a game that was never close; and, Fresno State got by an early 0 – 10 scare against Wyoming to eventually win, 48 – 10 and stay undefeated.  Ohio State and Northern Illinois had the week off.

So, the list of undefeated teams is now:


  • Alabama (defeated #13 LSU, 38 – 17)
  • Baylor (defeated #10 Oklahoma, 41 – 12)
  • Florida State (defeated Wake Forest, 59 – 3)
  • Fresno State (defeated Wyoming, 48 – 10)
  • Northern Illinois (bye)
  • Ohio State (bye)

Of the un-victorious teams entering Week 11: Miami (OH) took an early week loss on Tuesday night against Buffalo, 45 – 3, in a game that the Bulls lead from start to finish; Connecticut lost to Louisville on Friday night, 31 – 10, in a game the Huskies never saw the lead; Southern Miss took it on the chin against Louisiana Tech, 36 – 13, in a game they trailed throughout; and, Hawaii traveled all the way to Annapolis to get loss number 9, 42 – 28 against the Midshipmen of Navy.  Although the Warriors never led in this game, they were tied at 14 – 14 at halftime.  Georgia State was able to avoid defeat in Week 11 by virtue of having a bye.  So, not only did none of the winless teams manage their first victory, none of these unfortunates even held a lead in any of their games.  The list of winless FBS teams remains as follows:


  • Connecticut (lost to Louisville, 31 – 10)
  • Georgia State (bye)
  • Hawaii (lost to Navy, 42 – 28)
  • Miami (OH) (lost to Buffalo, 45 – 3)
  • Southern Mississippi (lost to Louisiana Tech, 36 – 13)


As noted above, the excitement of college football in Week 11 got off to an early start with some Tuesday and Wednesday night MACtion Action and two very high-profile games (and one not so high) on Thursday night.

When it was all said and done, of the 53 games in which FBS teams participated, 30 of them were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game.  Of those 30 games, 8 were won by teams that trailed by more than 7 points before pulling out the victory.

Thirteen of the 22 games won by teams that never trailed were won by the home team.  Six of the 7 teams that came back from deficits of 10 points or more, were the visiting team.

For the second time this year, and the first time since Week 1, we have to recognize two Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award recipients, as two games were won by teams that rallied back from deficits of 14 points.  One of those teams, Old Dominion, is in their first year (a transition year) of playing FBS football.  The second team, amazingly enough, is being recognized as a Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner for the third time this season!  With 126 teams playing FBS level football, we never suspected that one team would appear as a winner 3 times in 11 weeks, but that is exactly what the San Diego State Aztecs have done.  Is it possible they can do it again before the season comes to an end?  We will just have to wait and see.



Old Dominion LogoThe Old Dominion Monarchs are in their transition year into the FBS, one year prior to joining Conference USA in 2014 as a full conference member.  As a transitioning-in FBS independent, the Monarch’s schedule is a hodge-podge of FBS and FCS schools.  Even so, the Monarchs are having a pretty successful year and entered Week 11’s game against the struggling Idaho Vandals with a 6 – 3 record.  Idaho was hoping to find win number 2 on their season against the first year FBS Monarchs.  The teams would pile up a total of 97 points and, when the final gun sounded, Old Dominion was a co-winner of the Week 11 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.

It’s a long way from Norfolk, VA to Moscow, ID and it has been a long journey that has landed the Old Dominion Monarchs in college football’s FBS division.  The Monarchs are playing one year as an FBS independent before joining Conference USA and have pieced together a schedule consisting of a variety of teams from a slew of different conferences.  On this Saturday, it was another FBS independent, the Idaho Vandals.

The Vandals started off the scoring early on a 73 yard touchdown pass from Taylor Davis to James Baker after just 19 seconds had ticked off the game clock.  And then, just three minutes later, Davis scored on a 17 yard run to put the Vandals up 14 – 0.  But the Monarchs showed they could score quickly as well and they put up a quick 17 1st quarter points on a 23 yard pass from Taylor Heinicke to Marquel Thomas; a 23 yard field goal by Jarod Brown; and, a 53 yard pass from Heinicke to Antonio Vaughan.  And, believe it or not, there was still enough time for Idaho to add one more touchdown, a 12 yard Davis run, before the quarter expired.  With just one quarter in the books, Idaho was leading, 21 – 17.

Then, it took almost a full 10:00 minutes before the Vandals scored in the second quarter.  Idaho went up by 7 on a 41 yard field goal by Austin Rehkow.  The Monarchs got back on the scoreboard with a 2nd quarter, 6 yard touchdown run by Colby Goodwyn to tie the game at 24 – 24, and then took the lead again on a 17 yard touchdown pass from Heinicke to Zach Pascal with 2:39 left in the half – yup, just enough time for the Vandals to score again.  Idaho’s Davis connected on a 66 yard pass to Dezmon Epps to tie the game up at 31 – 31 going into halftime and giving the fans some time to stop their heads from spinning.

Old Dominion started off the scoring in the second half on a Heinicke 1 yard run to break the tie and followed that up with a Goodwyn 1 yard rushing TD to take a 14 point lead.  Idaho put up a 3rd quarter touchdown of their own on a Richard Montgomery 12 yard run to get within a touchdown, but the Vandal’s ran out of gas in the 4th quarter.  Old Dominion put up two more touchdowns in the 4th quarter, one on a 39 yard pass from Heinicke to Thomas and one on a late, 5 yard run by Goodwyn to finish the game with a 59 – 38 victory.

When they were done tabulating the statistics, Old Dominion’s Taylor Heinicke had thrown for a total of 533 yards, with 4 TDs, connecting on 40 of 56 pass attempts.  Although their 14 point deficit was way back, early in the 1st quarter, the effort was good enough for a share of the Week 11 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.

Certificate - Week 11 -Old Dominion

San Diego State


SD StateI guess some teams just have a penchant for winning games in which they trailed.  With 126 FBS schools playing football this year, we did not expect to be getting so familiar with one team in this promotion, but, writing about the San Diego State Aztecs for the third time in 11 weeks, is getting to be like seeing an old friend once again.  We have become very familiar with the Aztec’s roster and have learned never to count them out of any game.

San Diego State’s Week 11 opponent would be the San Jose State Spartans, our Week 6 winner of this award.  In fact, these two teams won the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award three weeks in a row: San Diego State was our Week 5 winner; San Jose State won it in Week 6; and, San Diego State won it again in Week 7.  So, it should have surprised none of us that these two teams would, together, play in a game with a come-from-behind winner.

In this game, the Spartans would take a 10 – 0 lead in the 1st quarter on a 43 yard Austin Lopez field goal and a 13 yard touchdown pass from David Fales to Tim CrawleySan Diego State scored a touchdown early in the 2nd quarter on a 2 yard Adam Muema touchdown run, but, when the extra point attempt was blocked, it left the score at San Jose State 10, San Diego State 6.

A San Jose State 27 yard Lopez field goal and 40 yard touchdown pass from Fales to Chandler Jones put the Spartans up by 14 at, 20 – 6.  The Aztecs scored a touchdown right before halftime on a Quinn Kaehler to Colin Lockett 14 yard pass.  Another blocked extra point attempt left the score, going into halftime, San Jose State 20, San Diego State 12.

The only points put up in the 3rd quarter was the result of a San Jose State 46 yard Lopez field goal and the teams entered the final quarter with the Spartans on top by 11 points, 23 – 12.

San Diego State blocked a Lopez field goal attempt early in the 4th quarter and scored one play later on a 34 yard Donnell Pumphrey touchdown run and a successful 2 point conversion to pull within 3 at 23 – 20.  San Jose State then bumped the lead back up to 10 on a Fales to Crawley 12 yard touchdown pass with just under 10:00 left in the game.

San Diego State scored on a quick 7 play, 74 yard touchdown drive ending on a 1 yard pass from Kaehler to Adam Roberts.  After holding the Spartans to a 3 and out on their next possession, the Aztecs took the lead for the first time in the game on an Adam Muema 12 yard touchdown run.

San Jose State still had time to mount one last drive, but when Fales’ pass was intercepted by JJ Whitaker, the Aztecs’ comeback was complete and San Diego State would become the first three-time winner of the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.  Congratulations, once again, Aztecs – see you again soon, probably.

Certificate - Week 11 - San Diego 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.

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Congratulations once again to the Old Dominion Monarchs and the San Diego State Aztecs for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 11 of the 2013 college football season.   Week 12 also has a week-long slate of college games that promise more fun and excitement – we wouldn’t expect anything else.

Week 11 – Honorable Mention

Arizona State coming from 12 behind to beat Utah, 20 – 19.

Week 10 – Winner  (To read the Week 10 article, click here.)

Louisiana-Lafayette coming from 21 behind to beat New Mexico State, 49 – 35)


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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