Not every FBS game played in Championship Week was a championship game – something the Big 12 Conference might want to address this off season – but, Week 15 consisted of only a total of 14 FBS games played.
Of those 14 games, 8 were won by teams that never trailed and 6 included some sort of comeback. Of those 6 games where the winning team trailed at one point or another, 3 of those games included comebacks after being down by 10 points or more.
All 6 FBS teams that were in contention for a spot in the inaugural playoff brackets won their respective games with 5 of those teams winning rather convincingly. Florida State was the only playoff contender that trailed at one time in their game, but, for anyone following college football this year, that fact should not surprise you.
TEAMS WITH THE MOST DOUBLE-DIGIT COMEBACKS
3: Florida State, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, South Florida, Washington 2: Appalachian State, Arizona, Ball State, Baylor, Boise State, Bowling Green, California, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Marshall, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, North Carolina State, TCU, Toledo, UAB, Washington State, Western Michigan, West Virginia, Wisconsin
TEAMS WITH THE MOST DOUBLE-DIGIT COLLAPSES
4: Iowa State, Massachusetts, Western Kentucky 3: Arkansas, Ball State, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, Purdue, South Carolina 2: Arizona State, Boston College, BYU, Buffalo, Florida International, Georgia State, Hawaii, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Texas State, Texas Tech, Troy, Tulsa, UNLV, Washington State
In the Week 15 comebacks from a deficit of 10 points or more, one team came back after being 10 points down and two teams tied for the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award with comebacks after being down by 14 points.
In the Conference USA Championship game, Marshall spotted Louisiana Tech 10 first quarter points; still trailed by 7 after 3 quarters; and, then put up 10 unanswered points of their own in the 4th quarter to win the game, 26 – 23 and be crowned the C-USA Champions.
We are so very happy to announce that in the first of our two co-award-winning games, the SMU Mustangs not only won their first and only game in 2014, but they did so by rallying back from a 14 point deficit. For far too many weeks into this season, we noted that SMU was the only remaining FBS team to have never had a lead in any game played. This fact turned us into Mustang fans, rooting for them to get a lead and, eventually, win a game. Week 11 saw the Mustangs get their first lead in a game and Week 15 finally ends their season long losing streak.
SMU jumped out to a 6 – 0 lead over AAC rival Connecticut but then allowed the Huskies to put up 20 unanswered points (3 touchdowns with one missed PAT) to go into halftime trailing 20 – 6. Now, one might expect an 0 – 11 team to just fold up their tents and mail in the second half of the last game in the season, but these Mustangs had too much pride to do that.
SMU held Connecticut scoreless in the second half while putting up 2 third quarter touchdowns to tie the game up at 20 – 20, and a game-winning fourth quarter touchdown to secure their first win and a share of the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award for Week 15! Way to go Mustangs!!
The other co-award winning game featured two Big 12 teams playing in their final games of the regular season. The Big 12 is the only Big 5 conference that does not host a championship game. (NCAA rules require conferences to have at least 12 teams to have a Conference Championship Game). In this rival game, known as “Bedlam”, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma lived up to its moniker.
After the two teams traded touchdowns for a 14 – 14 tie halfway through the second quarter, the Sooners put up two unanswered touchdowns to take a 28 – 14 lead into halftime.
After playing a scoreless third quarter, Oklahoma State scored a touchdown to get within 7; Oklahoma answered with a touchdown to go back up by 14; and, the Cowboys scored again to pull back within 7 with just under 5 minutes to play. Oklahoma then had an unsuccessful drive and punted the ball back to the Cowboys. Oklahoma State was then sacked, threw an incompletion and threw an interception in what looked like would be their last attempt to tie the game.
After Oklahoma ran three plays and ran the scoreboard clock down to under a minute, they had to punt the ball back to the Cowboys. On the punt, Oklahoma State made a fair catch on their own 15 yard line, but was called for running into the kicker. Oklahoma elected to accept the five yard penalty and re-kick. My only explanation for this unusual ploy is that perhaps the Sooners thought it would be nice to run a few more seconds off of the clock with another punt – bad idea! On the re-kick, Oklahoma State’s Tyreek Hill returned the punt 92 yards for a game tying touchdown! Bedlam indeed!
Oklahoma then missed on a 44 yard field goal attempt in OT and the Cowboys connected on their own 21 yard field goal to, not only win the game, not only become bowl eligible, but, also become co-winners of the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award. Which acclaim do you suppose they cherish most?
Congratulations to both of our Co-Award Winners for Week 15.
There actually is a Week 16 in FBS football. Next week’s slate includes one, very special FBS football game – Army v Navy. I encourage everyone, football fan or not, to take in this contest and celebrate the young men and women who invest this significant time in their lives to help protect our freedoms and our way of life.
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