Wow!! But, I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s take a look at Week 4 in College Football before we get to that Wow!! part.
The College Football schedule for Week 4 had a total of 57 games that included at least one FBS football team. For the first time this year, less than 50% of those games were won by teams that never trailed in the game. Of the 57 games played, 27 games (47%) were won by teams that never trailed. And, only 6 of those teams got dressed in the visitors’ locker room. Of the 13 teams that had never trailed at any point in this season, only Marshall and Texas A&M won their games without trailing. Arizona State, Baylor, Ole Miss and TCU all stay on the list of teams that never trailed by virtue of having a bye in Week 4. Auburn, BYU, California, Cincinnati, Florida State, Oklahoma and Utah all trailed at some point in their game, but, all but California (spoiler alert) eventually won their respective games.
Of the 5 teams that had never led at any point in a game during this season, only 3 teams remain: Rice and SMU, by failing to get a lead; and, Kent State by taking the week off. Fresno State and New Mexico not only achieved their first advantage in a football game this season, but, both teams also held onto the lead when the final gun sounded to secure their first win of the season.
Of the 30 Week 4 games in which the winning team trailed by at least 1 point or more at some time in the contest, 7 of them were won by teams that had to overcome a deficit of 10 points or more. Once again, another FCS team appears on our list as the Demons from Northwestern State rallied back from a 10 point deficit with less than 5 minutes remaining in the game to defeat Louisiana Tech by a final score of 30 – 27. Iowa came back from a 10 point, first half deficit to beat previously undefeated (and, our Week 3 winner of this award) Pittsburgh, 24 – 20. Georgia Tech, after trailing by 10 points in the 2nd quarter, put up 17 4th quarter points to beat ACC rival Virginia Tech, 27 – 24. South Carolina spotted Vanderbilt 2 first quarter touchdowns before sinking the Commodores by a final score of 48 – 34. The Washington Huskies trailed Georgia State 14 – 0 at halftime before waking up and scoring 45 unanswered second half points of their own to secure the win. And, Illinois saved the Big Ten yet another embarrassing defeat by rallying back from a 15 point deficit late in the 2nd quarter to ultimately defeat Texas State, 42 – 35. But, no team overcame a larger deficit to win their game than our Week 4 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner did!
And, the winner is, in truly amazing fashion, … the Arizona Wildcats!
California entered its football game against Arizona as one of 13 teams that had yet to trail in a 2014 football game. After jumping out to a 14 – 0 lead in the first quarter, and stretching that lead to 28 – 6 at halftime, it looked like a safe bet that they would remain one of those teams at the end of Week 4.
California still held a seemingly comfortable 18 point lead going into the 4th quarter and was still up, 45 – 30 with under 4:00 remaining in the game. Then … Wow!!
At the end of an 8 play 75 yard TD drive that ended with 3:30 left on the clock, Arizona got to within 8 at 45 – 37. After recovering the following on-side kick, Arizona scored another touchdown on a 4 play 41 yard drive that took all of 43 seconds off the scoreboard clock. Failing to convert on the 2 point, would be tying, conversion, Arizona still trailed by 2.
Arizona kicked off conventionally this time and it looked as if California might be able to run down the clock, but their drive stalled with 1:52 remaining in the game after missing a 47 yard field goal attempt. Arizona moved the ball down to the California 47 yard line but only had enough time from one more play. On what might just have been the very last play of all College Football games for Week 4, Anu Solomon launched a Hail Mary pass towards the end zone and, the Arizona prayer was answered in the hands of Austin Hill resulting in a 47 yard, game winning, touchdown!! Wow!!
After trailing by as many as 22 points, this remarkable, come-from-behind victory lands Arizona as the recipient of this week’s Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award. Congratulations Wildcats!! And, thanks for the excitement. (PS – As a West Coast resident, I was privileged to see this miracle victory occur live on my TV which occurred while most all other college football fans were safely tucked into their bed under their favorite team’s comforter.)
At the end of each exciting week of college football, all I can say, after catching my breath, is, “I can’t wait until next week.” Wow!!
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You can read our Week 3 report by clicking here.