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Week 8 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winners

Football teams know all about the importance of having backups in place, ready to perform at a moment’s notice.  You never know when your star quarterback or starting safety might go down with an injury and you have to have a trained and ready backup in place to fill in the vacated spot – many times during the game itself.  Not all businesses seem to understand this concept.  There are many situations where a business or organization has a single subject matter expert – be it in finance, technology, operations or otherwise – that cannot be readily replaced if and when something happens to that individual.  Football teams also sometimes have to have succession plans for the head coach.  Last year, the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts had to rely on an interim head coach when Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia and had to take a leave of absence.  Your business should ensure that it has trained backups for every position in your organization and a published and known succession plan in place … just in case.  Football teams have known this for a long time.  Businesses should follow their lead.

WEEK 8 RECAP

Week 8 in the NFL had only 13 games on the schedule with a full six teams having a BYE week.  Of those 13 games, 6 of them were won by teams that trailed at one point in the game.  Three of those six teams rallied back from deficits of 10 or more points to eventually pull out the victory.  Five of the six teams that came from behind to win, had a home team crowd cheering them on.

Week 8 was our second week of the season with a tie for the team with the largest come-from-behind victory, but, unlike Week 2 when 3 teams tied with a somewhat unimpressive 8 point comeback, our two Week 8 teams both rallied back from a 2 touchdown, 14 point deficit to win their respective games.

MIAMI VS NEW ENGLAND

MIA NELast week, the New England Patriots were on the wrong side of this award after giving up an 11 point lead to the New York Jets and eventually losing in overtime, 30 – 27.  This week they were back home and hosting the Miami Dolphins, another AFC East division rival.

The Patriots had a tough time getting the offense started in this game as Tom Brady threw an interception on New England’s second offensive play of the game and ran only 8 other plays from scrimmage the rest of the 1st quarter.  Meanwhile, the Dolphins followed up the interception with a touchdown drive ending on a Ryan Tannehill to Brandon Gibson 4 yard touchdown pass and scored on their first possession of the 2nd quarter on a 5 yard pass from Tannehill to Daniel Thomas for an early 14 – 0 lead.

The two teams then exchanged field goals before the half ended and went into halftime with Miami holding a 17 – 3 lead.

The Patriot’s start in the 3rd quarter looked no better as they had a quick 3 and out and had to punt the ball to MiamiMiami drove down to the New England 28 yard line, looking to pad their lead, but Caleb Sturgis’ 46 yard field goal attempt ricocheted off of the right upright to the wrong side of the field goal.

New England then started to come to life.  A quick, 5 play, 64 yard New England drive ended in a 14 yard touchdown pass from Brady to Aaron Dobson.  Not only did this touchdown pass bring New England to within 7 of the Dolphins, it also moved Brady ahead of Fran Tarkenton on the all-time, career touchdown passes list with number 343.

Just two plays later, Tannehill was sacked and fumbled at the Miami 13 yard line where New England’s Rob Ninkovich recovered the ball.  This turnover stretched New England’s longest active streak of consecutive games causing a turnover to 35 games and set up the Patriots for a game tying touchdown, which came just three plays later on a Brandon Bolden 2 yard run around left end.

The Patriots then completed the comeback by taking the lead near the end of the 3rd quarter on a 48 yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal and entered the 4th quarter leading 20 – 17.

In the 4th quarter, the Patriots intercepted Tannehill twice and blocked one field goal attempt while also adding a Stevan Ridley 3 yard touchdown run to extend their lead and end the game at 27 – 17.  Last week, the Patriots were the team that gave up the largest lead of the week in losing to the Jets; this week they come from 14 points back to beat the Dolphins and earn a share of the Week 8 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.

WASHINGTON VS DENVER

WAS DENThe Denver Broncos are the one team in the league that you know, while watching the game, no lead is a safe lead against them.  Three weeks ago the Broncos rallied back from 14 points down to defeat the Dallas Cowboys, 51 – 48.  In Week 8, the Broncos would do it again, this time against the Washington Redskins.  Cowboys or Indians, it makes no difference, with Peyton Manning at the helm, the Broncos always have the capability to come from behind.

Unexpectedly, this game did get off to a rather slow start – surprising, given the Broncos’ offensive productivity so far this season.  The Redskins’ defense held the Broncos to a single touchdown in the first half – a 6 yard pass from Manning to Wes Welker.  But, the Redskins’ offense could only manage one touchdown of their own – a Robert Griffin 7 yard pass to Leonard Hankerson in the 2nd quarter.  So a surprisingly, ho-hum, first half ended locked up at 7 – 7.

When Manning started off the 3rd quarter with a fumble at his own 19 yard line, recovered by the Redskins’ Brian Orakpo, Washington was in business.  Three straight hand offs to Alfred Morris resulted in a Redskins’ touchdown and a Washington 14 – 7 lead.  On the very next play from scrimmage, Manning was intercepted by DeAngelo Hall who returned the ball 26 yards for a touchdown.  Not yet 5 minutes into the 2nd half and the ho-hum first half was quickly replaced by a helter-skelter second half, giving Washington a 14 point lead – “giving”, being the operative word.

But, this is the Broncos we are talking about.  And, this is Peyton ManningRedskins, beware.

The comeback, which you knew was going to occur, started on Denver’s next possession, an 11 play, 75 yard drive capped off by a Montee Ball 4 yard touchdown run over left tackle.  The next Denver possession, was even better – a 6 play, 83 yard drive, ending on the first play of the 4th quarter with a 1 yard touchdown pass from Manning to Joel Dressen that tied the game up at 21 – 21.  And, the Broncos were just getting started.

Denver started their next possession in great field position following an awful Washington punt.  This time, the Broncos needed only a play – a Manning to Knowshon Moreno short pass over the middle that resulted in a 35 yard touchdown.  Broncos 28, Redskins 21.

Denver then tacked on a 19 yard Matt Prater field goal following a Griffin fumble and Bronco recovery on the Redskins’ 24.  Manning drove the ball down to the 1 yard line before giving way to the field goal unit.  Broncos 31, Redskins 21.

Add two more Bronco touchdowns, a Manning to Thomas 35 yard touchdown pass and a Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 75 yard interception return for a touchdown, and the final score, Denver 45, Washington 21, gives no indication that the Broncos were ever behind, let alone behind by 14 points – enough to earn a share of the Week 8 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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

New York Jets coming from 11 behind to beat New England, 30 – 27.

 

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

Detroit coming from 10 behind to beat Cleveland, 31 – 17.

 

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

Denver coming from 14 behind to beat Dallas, 51 – 48.

 

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

Seattle coming from 17 behind to beat Houston, 23 – 20.

 

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

Cincinnati coming from 16 behind to beat Green Bay, 34 – 30.

 

Week 2 – Winners  (To read the Week 2 article, click here.)

Buffalo coming from 8 behind to beat Carolina, 24 – 23.

Houston coming from 8 behind to beat Tennessee, 30 – 24.

Arizona coming from 8 behind to beat Detroit, 25 -21.

 

Week 1 – Winner  (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)

Houston coming from 21 behind to beat San Diego, 31 -28.

WEEK 9 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Compared to last week’s WOW week in College Football, Week 9 was a bit timid and, yet, still very exciting.  Two of the 10 teams that were undefeated coming into Week 9 received their first lost and, as a result, fell in the BCS rankings: Missouri, which lost to South Carolina fell from #5 to # 9 in the BCS; and, Texas Tech, losers to Oklahoma, fell from #10 to # 15.  Of the 8 teams which remain undefeated on the 2013 college football season, 6 of them rank in the BCS top 7: Alabama at #1; Oregon, #2; Florida State, #3; Ohio State, #4; Baylor, #6; and, Miami (FL), #7.  Fresno State (BCS #16) and Northern Illinois (BCS #17) are the other two undefeated teams, looming large as BCS Busters.

As an equal opportunity blogger, we wish to note the five FBS teams that remain un-victorious.  Still looking for their first win of the 2013 college football season are: Connecticut, Southern Mississippi, Miami (OH), Hawaii, and Georgia State.  None of those teams are ranked in the BCS.

In last week’s blog, we suggested that the Duke Blue Devils – our Week 8 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner – were changing the culture at Duke Football and learning how to win.  Well, to prove us right, the Blue Devils pulled off an upset over #14 Virginia Tech, 13 – 10.  Thanks for making us look smart – it happens so infrequently.

WEEK 9 RECAP

After having two weeks in a row (Week 6 and Week 7) in which the College Football Crisis Management Award winner overcame relatively small deficits to win our award, Week 9 was the second week in a row in which our winner overcame a deficit of more than 20 points.  Last week, Duke bested Virginia after trailing by 22 points and, this week, SMU came back from 21 points down to defeat Temple, 59 – 49 and become our second two-time award recipient.

Of the 56 college football games that included at least one FBS member, 29 of them were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game.  Of those 29 teams, 7 overcame deficits of 10 or more points.  Of the 27 games in which the winning team never trailed, 19 of them were won by the home team.

There were 10 undefeated teams entering Week 9 – two of them took their first lost.  Both teams taking their first lost did so to teams which trailed at one point in the game: Oklahoma overcame a 7 point deficit to hand Texas Tech its first lost, 38 – 30; and, South Carolina overcame a 17 point deficit to defeat Missouri in overtime, 27 – 24.  South Carolina’s feat was good enough to win our Honorable Mention this week.

Of the 8 remaining undefeated teams: 5 of them never trailed in their Week 9 contest; Miami (FL) had to overcome an 11 point deficit to defeat Wake Forest in the last minutes of their game to remain undefeated; Fresno State came back from 7 points down to defeat San Diego State in overtime; and, Oregon trailed UCLA by 7 early in their contest before pulling away in the second half to win easily, 42 – 14.

As the calendar turns to November, each week in college football has the potential to either clear up or muddy up the BCS picture.  This just helps take the excitement of college football to a higher level.  As we continue to keep a close eye on those undefeated and high ranking teams, we will also hope that the games that impact the standings include some great come-from-behind victories.

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SMU

SMUThe Southern Methodist University Mustangs have become a familiar program in our promotion this year.  The Mustangs were our Week 2 winners after rallying back from 17 points behind to defeat Montana State, 31 – 30.  Then, in Week 6, the Mustangs were recognized as an “almost” winner after rallying from 21 points down to force overtime against Rutgers before falling in the 3rd OT period.  Now, once again, in Week 9, SMU is back in our blog as the second, two-time winner of the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award joining San Diego State which won our award in Weeks 5 and 7.

SMU, playing in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference (AAC), was set to host the Temple Owls on Homecoming Saturday with an opportunity to go 2 – 1 in the conference and remain in the running for the AAC’s automatic BCS bid.  Temple, already 0 – 3 in conference play and coming off of their first win of the season, over Army, came into Dallas hoping to build on last week’s momentum.

The Mustangs got the Homecoming crowd into a good mood when they scored early in the 1st Quarter on a Traylon Shead 11 yard touchdown run for a 7 – 0 lead.  But, the mood soured quickly when Temple hit for two long touchdown passes before the 1st quarter expired.  The first pass was a 42 yarder from P.J. Walker to Robbie Anderson and the second one was an even longer 82 yard end around pass to Anderson from wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick.

The Owls then connected on two more passing touchdowns early in the 2nd quarter to put Temple up 28 – 7 in front of a stunned and silenced Homecoming crowd.  Both 2nd quarter passes were 18 yard strikes; one from Walker to John Christopher and the other from Walker to Ryan Alderman.

SMU was able to reach the end-zone just before the half ended on a Garrett Gilbert to Keenan Holman 19 yard pass to make the score somewhat respectable and give the returning alumni something to cheer about while mingling with old friends.

I am not sure what Head Coach June Jones fed those men at halftime, but the Mustangs that showed up for the 2nd half of football appeared to be a different club then the one the entered the locker room at halftime.  The first Mustangs’ possession of the 3rd quarter ended with a 17 yard touchdown pass from Gilbert to Der-rikk Thompson to pull SMU to within 7 points at 28 – 21.  Temple answered on their next possession with a P.J. Walker rushing touchdown from 6 yards out following a 50 yard run from scrimmage by Zaire Williams, but the Mustangs were just getting started.

The Mustangs’ second possession of quarter number 3 ended with a Gilbert 10 yard run to bring SMU back to within 7.  And the third Mustangs’ possession tied it up at 35 – 35 following a Gilbert to Holman 64 yard touchdown pass.

And, the Mustang stampede continued into the 4th quarter when SMU scored on their 4th straight possession of the 2nd half on a Prescott Line 2 yard touchdown run to put the Mustangs on top at 42 – 35, their first lead since it was 7 – 0.

Temple tied the game up at 42 – 42 on a Walker to Kenneth Harper 4 yard touchdown pass, but they could not slow down the Mustang offense.  On possession number 5 of half number 2, SMU hit on a Chase Hover 21 yard field goal.  On possession number 6, it was another Gilbert to Holman long touchdown bomb – this one 50 yards.  And on possession number 7 of the second half, Gilbert ran in for his second rushing touchdown of the afternoon to make the score SMU 59, Temple 42.

Temple scored one more touchdown on a Harper 2 yard run to make the score appear closer and, finally, the SMU offense was stopped – but, only by the final gun, ending the game.

When the final statistics were tallied, it showed that Garrett Gilbert had amassed an amazing 635 yards of total offense (538 yards passing / 97 yards rushing) and accounted for 6 touchdowns (4 passing / 2 running).  209 of the 538 passing yards went to Keenan Holman who was on the end of 3 of the touchdown passes.

At the end of the day, the homecoming crowd was happy with a win; SMU had a winning conference record at 2 – 1; and, the Mustangs had won their second Safe Harbor Consulting Crisis Management Award for 2012, joining San Diego State as a two time winner of this award.

Certificate - Week 9 - SMU

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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 once again to the SMU Mustangs for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 9 of the 2013 college football season.   Now, bring on November and bring on Week 10.

Week 9 – Honorable Mention

South Carolina coming from 17 behind to beat Missouri, 27 -24 in OT.

 

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

Week 7 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner

For the second week in a row, the NFL gave us only one game in which the winning team trailed by more than 1 touchdown before pulling out the victory.  We knew when we set up the parameters for this promotion that, with as few as 14 games and at most 16 games each week, there was a good chance that not every week would have a remarkable comeback to write about.  But, we were willing to take the chance – knowing the risk.  After Week 1, we thought our fears might be unnecessary – 15 of the 16 games were won by teams that trailed at one point or another and one team overcame a 21 point deficit before finally winning the game.  Week 1 was a big teaser!

After Week 2, we thought we might be in for a long season when no team came back from more than 8 points down and there was a three-way tie for best comeback at those 8 points.  Luckily for us, Week 2 was an anomaly, as well.

But, we knew the risks and we were prepared to address the consequences.  Businesses are not always aware of the risks that could interrupt their business flows.  Although business continuity plans focus on contingencies for what you do after a disaster has occurred, the business continuity process should also include a Risks/Threats analysis to identify what could go wrong and help you prepare, ahead of time, for the consequences should they go wrong.  Safe Harbor Consulting can help your company conduct a Risk Analysis so that you are prepared for a week with no come-from-behind-victories, so to speak.

But, now, Week 7 in the NFL.

WEEK 7 RECAP

Although 8 of the 15 games played in Week 7 were won by a margin of less than 1 score, only 6 games were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game.  There were 3 games in which the winning team won by one score or less, yet never trailed at any point in the game.

Of the 6 games in which the winning team came from behind, only one of those games was won easily; on Monday Night, the New York Giants trailed the Minnesota Vikings 7 – 3 early in the game, but ended up winning by a comfortable margin of 24 – 7.  In the other 5 come-from-behind games, the contest went down to the wire in a close affair.  In only one of those games, our Week 8 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award winning game, did the winning team ever trail by more than 7.

Of the 9 games in which the winning team never trailed in the game, 5 of them were won by the visiting team.  Five of the 6 games in which the winning team trailed at one time were won by the home team.  One of those games was won in overtime with the aid of a new rule helping out the winning team – and that is our winner for the week, which you can read about below.

NEW ENGLAND VS NEW YORK JETS

NE NYJJust 7 weeks into the NFL campaign and the New England Patriots were coming into New York (or, more accurately, New Jersey) looking to take firm control of the AFC East Division.  A win would give the Patriots a 6 – 1 record and make the Jets 3 – 4.  With the 3 – 2 Dolphins and 2 – 4 Bills battling it out in Miami, the Patriots were in position to take a commanding division lead.  Meanwhile, the Jets were struggling with finding their identity.  Alternating between good performances and bad performances, the Jets had so far won one, lost one, won one, lost one, won one and lost one.  If this pattern was to continue, the Jets would have to have their best game of the year so far and, perhaps, benefit from a new rule in the NFL.

The Jets started off the game in great fashion, following the opening kickoff touchback with a 12 play, 80 yard touchdown drive ending on a Geno Smith to Jeremy Kerley touchdown pass.  But, New England answered with a 10 play 80 yard drive of their own culminating with a Brandon Bolden 1 yard touchdown plunge to tie the score at 7 – 7.  And, just as the Jets looked to be answering right back with their second long drive in two possessions, Geno Smith’s pass was picked off by Logan Ryan at the New England 21 and returned 79 yards  for a go ahead, Patriot touchdown.

The Jets, once again showed they could move the ball against the New England defense, but, this time, they had to settle for a 37 yard Nick Folk field goal to make the score New England 14,  Jets 10.  After forcing the Patriots to punt, the Jets had their first three and out of the game and punted back to New England which Julian Edelman returned 38 yards to the Jet’s 28.  Six plays later Stevan Ridley ran around right end for a 17 yard New England touchdown and a 21 – 10 Patriot lead.

The defenses for both teams then finally decided to play some football and the teams, after exchanging a few punts each, went into half-time with the Jets down by 11.

The Patriots started the 3rd quarter with an 11 point lead and the ball.  On the first play from scrimmage, Tom Brady dropped back to pass and New England barely avoided disaster when he was sacked and fumbled the ball – but, New England recovered.  On the second play from scrimmage, the disaster was not avoided as Tom Brady’s pass attempt was picked off by Antonio Allen and returned 23 yards for a Jets’ touchdown.

Perhaps, somewhat shell shocked, the Patriots failed to move the ball during their next two possessions.  After the second punt, New York was set up at their own 48 yard line, down by only 4.  The Jets covered those 52 yards in 8 plays scoring on a Geno Smith 8 yard scramble into the end-zone to take the lead 24 – 21.  After yet another New England 3 and out, the Jets tacked on a 37 yard Nick Folk field goal to make the score 27 – 21 as the game went into the 4th quarter.

Although Tom Brady was back to looking more like Tom Brady in the 4th quarter, the best New England could do was to kick two Stephen Gostkowski field goals  – one of 39 yards and one of 44 yards – while holding New York scoreless and forcing overtime.

New England won the overtime coin toss but was unable to move the ball past their own 38 yard line and had to punt the ball to New York.  The Jets, taking over on their own 20 yard line, moved down field close enough to attempt a 56 yard field goal that, if missed, would leave the Patriots with great field position.  And, Nick Folk did miss – but, wait … there is a yellow hanky on the field.  New England was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct for pushing a teammate forward during the field goal attempt … what?  Three plays later, Folk connected on a 42 yard field goal and the football world was now well aware of this new rule that helped the Jets keep the Patriots within reach in the AFC East and win the Week 7 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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.

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

Detroit coming from 10 behind to beat Cleveland, 31 – 17.

 

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

Denver coming from 14 behind to beat Dallas, 51 – 48.

 

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

Seattle coming from 17 behind to beat Houston, 23 – 20.

 

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

Cincinnati coming from 16 behind to beat Green Bay, 34 – 30.

 

Week 2 – Winners  (To read the Week 2 article, click here.)

Buffalo coming from 8 behind to beat Carolina, 24 – 23.

Houston coming from 8 behind to beat Tennessee, 30 – 24.

Arizona coming from 8 behind to beat Detroit, 25 -21.

 

Week 1 – Winner  (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)

Houston coming from 21 behind to beat San Diego, 31 -28.

WEEK 8 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

And then there were none.  While tracking the come-from-behind games each week to identify the one team that overcame the largest deficit for that week, we also tracked teams that had never trailed in a game.  That list was trimmed down to one team two weeks ago – the Louisville Cardinals.  The Cardinals managed to maintain that lone status for one more week by beating Rutgers without trailing in the game, but they fell from the perch this week against UCFUCF not only knocked the Cardinals off of the list of teams to never trail, but also knocked Louisville out of the Top 10 Rankings and off of the list of undefeated FBS teams.  The Knights of UCF achieved all of this by coming back from a huge deficit themselves and almost securing the Week 8, Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award, but one team did them 1 point better.

WEEK 8 RECAP

So far, the 2013 College Football season has been full of fun and excitement, but Week 8 was our first real “WOW” week of College Football – both in terms of football excitement in general and in terms of come-from-behind victories.  Five teams in the AP Top 10 lost in Week 8 – WOW!  Twelve of the 24 teams that won after trailing at some point in the game overcame deficits of 10 points or more – WOW!

After back-to-back weeks of rather timid come-from-behind victories, Week 8 overpowered us with terrific come from behind wins in crucial football games with prominent teams in participation.  Of those 12 games with double-digit comebacks, 6 of them included ranked teams; either as the victors or the victims – WOW!  Louisville, our last remaining team never to have trailed in a game coming into Week 8, not only suffered its first deficit of the year, but ended up losing to UCF which came back from 21 points down to pull off the upset – WOW!  And that wasn’t the biggest comeback of the week – WOW!

In all, 24 of the 49 games played this week with FBS participants were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game.  Of the 25 games in which the winning team never trailed, 16 of them were won by the home team.  Thirteen (over half) of the 24 teams that came from behind to win, were visiting teams.  Of the 12 teams which overcame double-digit deficits before pulling out the victory, 9 of them were visiting teams – WOW!

After watching the Friday Night matchup between UCF and Louisville, I was kind of hoping that the 21 point come-from-behind victory would stand up over the weekend.  It just seemed fitting that Louisville, the team that went the deepest into the season without ever trailing, would be the victim of a huge come-from-behind victory in the first game in which they ever trailed.  Given the results of the past few weeks, a 21 point comeback appeared to be a good bet for winning the week, but that was before Duke did them one point better in their comeback over Virginia to win the Week 8 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award – and get a WOW!

All in all, a terrific week of college football right before the first BCS rankings came out.  Now, let’s hope for some more WOWs to shake up those rankings each week.

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DUKE

Duke FootballYes, Virginia, they do play football at Duke.  A traditional college basketball powerhouse, the Duke Blue Devils’ football squad has been a bottom dweller in the ACC Football standings throughout the years.  But, that is starting to change – not the basketball side of the equation, that’s the same, but football is starting to get better.

The Blue Devils were still looking for their first ACC victory of the year (0 – 2, coming into the game) but their overall 4 – 2 record is a sign of a changing culture for Duke Football.  Virginia, also 0 – 2 in conference play coming into the game, was a disappointing 2 – 4 after opening the 2013 campaign with an impressive 19 – 16 victory over BYU.  With both teams looking to get their first win in Conference Play this game would start out as a blow out by one team and end up as a blow out by the other.

Virginia started off the game with an 11 play, 78 yard drive ending with a Kevin Parks 1 yard touchdown run for a quick 7 – 0 lead.  Parks would punch in another 1 yard touchdown run near the end of the first quarter and put the Cavaliers up, 14 – 0.  Early in the 2nd Quarter, when Parks scored his third touchdown of the day on the end of a 13 yard touchdown toss from QB David Watford, and Virginia was successful on a 2 point conversion, the route was on – Virginia 22, Duke 0.  But, as Lee Corso likes to say, “Not so fast”.

Just before halftime, Duke mounted a drive of their own, mostly on the shoulders of QB Anthony BooneBoone accounted for all but 4 yards of Duke’s 62 yard touchdown drive.  Boone ran for 9 yards and completed passes totaling 49 yards, including the drive ending 6 yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder.  Still down by 15, Duke was able to go into the halftime locker room with momentum changing to their side.

Although Duke’s first drive of the 3rd quarter ended with a Boone interception at the Virginia 28 yard line, the Blue Devils cut into Virginia’s lead with a 25 yard Ross Martin field goal on their next possession.  Following a 3-and-out by Virginia, Duke started their next drive at their own 47.  On 1st down, Boone connected on a 42 yard pass to Crowder.  Two plays later, Brandon Connette ran in from 6 yards out and the Blue Devils had pulled to within 5 at 22 – 17.

The Blue Devil comeback continued into the 4th quarter as they hit on a Brandon Connette to Braxton Deaver 47 yard touchdown pass.  Making good on a 2-point conversion of their own, Duke had rallied all the way back from being down 22 – 0 to take a 25 – 22 lead and the wind was out of the Cavaliers’ sails.

Virginia missed a would-be game-tying 44 yard field goal on their next possession and Duke put the pedal to the metal continuing their onslaught.  Duke’s 9 play, 73 yard drive was capped off by a Boone to Deaver 24 yard pass and the Blue Devils were now on top by 10.

The Blue Devils added one more Martin field goal, this one from 32 yards out, for good measure to complete their victory.  After allowing Virginia to march out to a 22 point lead early in the game, the Blue Devils piled up 35 unanswered points to secure their first ACC win of the season and take home the Week 8 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.

Certificate - Week 8 - Duke

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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 once again to the Duke Blue Devils for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 8 of the 2013 college football season.   Week 8 shook up the BCS standings before they even came out and, while pundits discuss who should and/or should not be near the top of the rankings, we will patiently wait to watch the rest of the season unfold and work itself out – the same way it seems to every year.

Week 8 – Honorable Mention

UCF coming from 21 behind to beat Louisville 38 – 35.

 

Week 7 – Winner  (To read the Week t 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

Week 6 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner

With so few games played each week in the NFL, there is always a chance that there won’t be much of a come-from-behind victory to write about.  Week 2 was one such week, when we had a 3-way tie with a modest 8 point deficit overcome by the winning teams.  The other four weeks we did okay with 21, 17, 16 and 14 point deficits overcome by the winning teams.  Week 6 had only 1 game with a comeback from more than 7 points behind.  There were plenty of exciting games and interesting results – just no big comebacks.  At least we did end up with a single winner, though, that’s good enough for us.

WEEK 6 RECAP

Week 6 in the NFL had 15 games on the slate.  Visiting teams ended up winning 7 of those 15 games – not bad.  There were 9 games in which the winning team trailed at one point in the game, but only one team overcame a deficit of more than 7 points and only 2 teams overcame a deficit of more than 4 points.  Of the 6 games in which the winning team never trailed in the game, 3 were won by visiting teams and 3 were won by home teams.

DETROIT VS CLEVELAND

DET CLEThe Browns, riding a 3 game winning streak, are one of the early surprise teams in the NFL and were ready to host the visiting Detroit Lions looking to keep the streak going and staying atop the AFC North.  The Lions were looking to rebound from a Week 5 loss to Green Bay and keep their record above .500.

The Lions were the first team on the board and only team to put up a score in the 1st quarter on a 1 yard touchdown pass from Mathew Stafford to Joseph Fauria.  The 2nd quarter, however, belonged to the Browns.

Cleveland tied up the score at 7 – 7 with a 4 yard touchdown pass from Brandon Weeden to Chris Ogbonnaya early in the 2nd quarter, then took the lead on a 2 yard touchdown pass from Weeden to Greg Little late in the second quarter.  When the Lions had a 3 and out that took only 26 seconds, the Browns had enough time to pad their lead with a 40 yard Billy Cundiff field goal to take a 17 – 7 lead into the half time locker room.

It seemed to be a different Browns team that came out of that locker room, however.  The Browns received the 2nd half kickoff but had to quickly punt the ball away.  Detroit put up a touchdown on their first possession of the 2nd half on an 18 yard pass from Stafford to Reggie Bush out of the backfield completing an 8 play 72 yard drive.

The Browns then had another 3 and out and had to punt the ball right back to the Lions.  Although Stafford threw an interception to stymie a nice, 9 play drive the Lions had going, the Browns punted the ball back again to start the 4th quarter still holding a slim 17 – 14 lead.

That lead would evaporate on the Lions 1st possession of the 4th quarter, another long drive, this one 8 plays and 67 yards, ending on the second Stafford to Fauria touchdown pass from 23 yards out.

Cleveland failed to move the ball and had to punt once again.  The next Lions drive ended with a 51 yard David Ackers field goal to give Detroit a 24 – 17 lead.  The next Cleveland drive resulted in an interception and Detroit put the finishing touches on their victory with the third Stafford to Fauria touchdown connection of the day.

I am not sure what happened to the first half Browns team and what Browns team came out of the locker room to play the second half, but the result was to allow the Lions to easily come back from a 10 point deficit to win the game and become the Week 6 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award winner.

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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.

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

Denver coming from 14 behind to beat Dallas 51 – 48

 

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

Seattle coming from 17 behind to beat Houston 23 – 20

 

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

Cincinnati coming from 16 behind to beat Green Bay 34 – 30

 

Week 2 – Winners  (To read the Week 2 article, click here.)

Buffalo coming from 8 behind to beat Carolina 24 – 23

Houston coming from 8 behind to beat Tennessee 30 – 24

Arizona coming from 8 behind to beat Detroit 25 -21

 

Week 1 – Winner  (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)

Houston coming from 21 behind to beat San Diego 31 -28

 

WEEK 7 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

There are 126 teams playing FBS football, but it only took us 7 weeks to produce our first two-time winner of the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.  And, there remains only one team that has yet to trail in a football game this season: although Rutgers did give Louisville a bit of a challenge in their Thursday Night football game, the Cardinals never trailed in the game and remain the only team to have accomplished that feat all season long.  This week, Louisville faces another prime-time foe on Friday Night in the UCF Knights (two night games in a row and two Knight games in a row), which should be another challenge and, may be the last real challenge they face all year.

Hawaii is becoming the “almost” team of the year for our award.  After “almost” rallying all the way back from an amazing 39 point deficit against Fresno State in Week 5, but falling short, they overcame a 19 point deficit, large enough to be this week’s winner, with 1:44 left in the game, only to give up a last second 44 yard field goal to lose to UNLV.  And, the Mountain West Conference is becoming the Conference of the Year for this award.  This will mark the fourth week out of seven that the award has gone to a Mountain West team – that’s pretty amazaing.

Kirk Herbstreit and SpencerLastly, before the weekly recap and game winning summary, I want to thank Kirk Herbstreit for taking a minute to pose with my son following this week’s ESPN GameDay show in Seattle.  Being a college football fan(atic), I am a season ticket holder for the Washington Huskies.  Being from his same home town, Centerville, OH, and also being an Ohio State University alum, I am a Kirk Herbstreit fan.  On Saturday, those two worlds collided and Mr. Herbstreit was nice enough to stop and pose with my son on his way off the set – what a nice man.  And, now, Week 7.

WEEK 7 RECAP

Now that we are well into Conference play, games are more competitive; now that games are more competitive, there are fewer large leads to overcome; now that there are fewer large leads to overcome, there are a lot fewer chances for significant come-from-behind victories.  More competitive games also means more excitement and more ranked teams starting to fall.  Week 7 saw a number of ranked teams take it on the chin and has started to reshuffle the top 10 and BCS picture.  This is when the real fun begins.

Of the 51 college football games played this week including at least one FBS team, 29 of them were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game, but only 4 of those teams overcame deficits of greater than 7 points.  The Louisville Cardinals came into Week 7 as the only team in the nation to have never trailed in any of their games and came out of the week owning that same distinction.  The 4 teams that came back from more than 7 points behind were: Army, overcoming an 8 point deficit to eventually double up Eastern Michigan 50 -25; Marshall, rallying back from 9 points down to edge out Florida Atlantic, 24 – 23; Penn State, rebounding from a 10 point deficit to defeat Michigan in overtime, 43 – 40; and, our Week 7 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner, and our first two-time recipient of this award, San Diego State, overcoming a 14 point deficit to best Air Force, 27 – 20.

San Diego State

SAN DIEGO STATE

SD StateTwo weeks ago, San Diego State travelled to Las Cruces, NM and rallied back from a 16 point deficit to secure their first win of the year and the Week 5 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.  Last week, the Aztecs beat Nevada in overtime after the Wolfpack rallied back from a 4th quarter 21 point deficit to force the extra period.  This week, San Diego State would win their third game in a row and second Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award in three weeks.  It hasn’t taken us long to learn to never give up on following an Aztecs football game no matter what the score may be – a comeback is likely to occur.

This week’s game would take place in Falcon Stadium at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO on a Thursday Night contest.  The Air Force was looking to get their first Mountain West Conference victory to go along with 4 early season conference losses.  After losing their first three games of the 2013 college football season, San Diego State was looking to secure their third straight victory – the first two being notable for in game comebacks (or, almost comebacks).

San Diego State started off the game with a long, sustained drive that ended with a missed, 37 yard field goal attempt.  After recovering a fumble three plays later at the Air Force 27 yard line, they were stymied on a fourth and goal attempt on the Air Force 3 yard line.  The Aztecs had dominated the first 9 minutes of the game, but had no points to show for it.  Then, with under 30 seconds left in the 1st quarter, the Aztecs connected on a 44 yard Quinn Kaehler to Eric Judge touchdown pass.  After missing the extra point attempt, the Aztecs went into the 2nd quarter with a 6 – 0 lead.  The next two quarters, however, would belong to the Falcons.

The Air Force scored a go-ahead touchdown on their first possession of the 2nd quarter on a Nate Romine 16 yard run.  The extra point put the Falcons up by 1 at 7 – 6.  San Diego would have trouble maintaining possession of the ball on their next two possessions, first losing a fumble at their own 36 yard line and then throwing an interception at the Air Force 34.  On each occasion, however, the Aztec defense rose to the challenge and prevented Air Force from capitalizing on the turnovers.  The Falcons did, however, add a 48 yard Will Conant field goal on the last play of the half to enter halftime with a 10 – 6 lead.

Air Force started the 3rd quarter the same way they ended the 2nd, and added another Conant field goal, this one from 52 yards out, to go up by a score of 13 – 6.  And, on their next possession, the Falcon’s Nate Romine connected with Sam Gagliano for a 71 yard scoring pass to make the margin 20 – 6.  But, this is the Mountain West Conference and, furthermore, this is the San Diego State Aztecs – both already showing a knack  for comebacks in 2013.

Entering the 4th quarter down by 14, the Aztecs apparently had the Falcons just where they wanted them.  The comeback began on the Aztecs’ first possession of the final stanza.  Throwing the ball on every play of this possession, San Diego State moved the ball 80 yards in 6 plays ending with a Kaehler to Donnell Pumphrey 20 yard touchdown pass.  The extra point made the score Air Force 20, San Diego State 13.

The next Aztec possession included a running play, 19 yards by Pumphrey, and a pass play, 62 yards from Kaehler to Ezell Ruffin for a game-tying touchdown.  And, San Diego State’s third possession of the quarter ended with their third touchdown of the quarter following a 13 play, 77 yard drive capped off by a Donnell Pumphrey, game-winning 10 yard touchdown run.

The Falcon’s attempt to tie the game up fell short, failing on a 4th and 4 with just under one minute left in the game.  Once again, San Diego State rallied from behind to win a football game and, by doing so, becoming the first two-time recipient of the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award Winner.

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Businesses, just like college footba

ll 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 once again to the San Diego State Aztecs for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 7 of the 2013 college football season.   Week 7 resulted in changes in the top 10 and changes in the BCS landscape.  We look for more of the same from each week left in the college football season … we can hardly wait.

Week 7 – Honorable Mention

Penn State coming from 10 behind to beat Michigan 43 – 40 in overtime.

 

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

Week 5 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Studies have shown that the most effective leadership style during times of peace and normalcy is a participatory style in which leaders include participation of others, listen to alternate ideas and behave in a democratic way to make decisions based on consensus and majority vote.  But, at time of war and crisis, the most effective leadership style is one of Command and Control, where the leaders make quick, concise decisions, lead with confidence and assurance and give succinct commands to be followed by others.  Football games are often compared to the act of war; fighting over control of the land, trying to take it in battle, 10 yards at a time.  The successful football teams are usually those with a confident on-the-field leader; one who can lead with a Command and Control leadership style.   The winning team of the Week 5 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award has such a leader in quarterback Peyton Manning, a sure Hall of Famer who is experiencing one of his best years in a career full of great years.

In business crisis management programs, it is sometimes necessary to train business leaders, who have been successful as participatory-style managers throughout their careers, to lead at time of crisis with a Command and Control approach.  It is not always achievable and why some companies, at time of crisis, do not handle the situation as well as others.  Safe Harbor Consulting has helped companies in developing Business Continuity and Crisis Management plans that assist leaders with developing task lists and guidelines to help them be effective at time of crisis.  But now, back to football.

WEEK 5 RECAP

The NFL Week 5 schedule had 4 teams sitting at home with byes and 14 games being played.  Nine out of those 14 games were won by teams that trailed in the game at one point or another.  Of those 9 games, 5 of them were won by the visiting team and 3 teams overcame deficits of more than 7 points.  Of the 5 games in which the winning team never trailed, 4 of those were won by the home team.

For the 2nd time this year, the game that produced the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award winner, had comebacks by both teams that would have earned either team the award for this week.  Denver came back from 14 points down at one point in the game to take the lead and Dallas came back from 15 points down at one time in the game to retake the lead.  Both of those achievements bested the 12 point comeback victory secured by the Indianapolis Colts over the Seattle Seahawks.

DENVER VS DALLAS

DEN DALDenver came into Dallas’s AT&T stadium with a 4 – 0 record and riding the hot hand of QB Peyton Manning.  The Cowboys were looking to improve on their 2 – 2 record and take an early, commanding lead in a rather weak-ish NFC East.  This game had all the markings of an NFL barn burner and would not disappoint those offensive minded fans in its outcome.

Although the Cowboys took an early 14 – 0 lead, scoring on their first two possessions of the game, no one was foolish enough to believe this was enough of a margin to hold back the Bronco scoring machine.  Indeed, just three plays and 50 seconds after DeMarco Murray’s 4 yard touchdown run put the Cowboys up 14 – 0, the Peyton Manning led Broncos hit on a 4 yard TD pass to Julius Thomas following a 57 yard bomb from Manning to Eric Decker that set it up.

A 43 yard Dan Bailey field goal put the Cowboys back on top by 10, but the Broncos scored touchdowns on each of their 3, 2nd quarter possessions and went into halftime with a 28 – 20 lead.

When the Broncos scored another touchdown on their first possession of the 3rd quarter, it was starting to look like a Bronco route, but the Cowboys and Tony Romo were not going to go down without a fight.  Now down by 15 at 35 – 20, the Cowboys would mount their own comeback to make this a game.

The Cowboy comeback would start just as quickly as the Bronco comeback did way back in the 1st quarter.  Just 2 plays and 55 seconds after the Broncos went on top by 15, the Cowboys struck with a long 82 yard TD pass from Romo to Terrance Williams to make the score, 35 – 27.

The Broncos upped their lead to 38 – 27 on a 48 yard Matt Prater field goal, but the Cowboys would continue their comeback; first on a 2 yard Tony Romo to Dez Bryant touchdown pass at the end of the 3rd quarter (2 pt conversion attempt failed) and then on a Romo to Jason Witten 10 yard pass (2 pt conversion attempt successful) to take a 41 – 38 lead.

After the Broncos tied the score up at 41 – 41 on a 50 yard Prater field goal with 9:37 left in the game, we were in position to anoint either team with the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.  Either one team would have overcome 14 point deficit or the other would have overcome a 15 point deficit to finally win this see-saw affair.

The Cowboys would break the tie on another Romo TD pass, this one to Cole Beasley from 4 yards out, but the Broncos would come right back on the on arm of Peyton Manning and a 1 yard touchdown run by Knowshon Moreno.

When Tony Romo was intercepted at the 24 yard line in their next possession, the Broncos were able to run the clock down and set up a game winning, 28 yard, Matt Prater field goal to remain undefeated on the year and win the Week 5 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.

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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.

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

Seattle coming from 17 behind to beat Houston 23 – 20

 

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

Cincinnati coming from 16 behind to beat Green Bay 34 – 30

 

Week 2 – Winners  (To read the Week 2 article, click here.)

Buffalo coming from 8 behind to beat Carolina 24 – 23

Houston coming from 8 behind to beat Tennessee 30 – 24

Arizona coming from 8 behind to beat Detroit 25 -21

 

Week 1 – Winner  (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)

Houston coming from 21 behind to beat San Diego 31 -28

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.

WEEK 6 RECAP

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.

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SAN JOSE STATE
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

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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

Week 4 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award

Complacency is often the enemy of improving and expanding corporate crisis management programs.  It is not unusual to encounter management teams that say they do not need to review, exercise or practice their emergency response and business continuity programs because they did just fine during a recent business interruption event.  But, just like football teams cannot rest on their laurels; and, just like every new game presents new challenges and differing game situations, every business interruption event is different.  No matter how many victories you have encountered in your season, you still need to practice and you still need to prepare for your next opponent.  Same is true in crisis management planning.

This week is the first time we encounter an NFL team that was on the winning side of the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award appear on the wrong side of that honor.  The Houston Texans won our award outright in Week 1 and shared the title with two other teams in Week 2.  This week, they appeared to have a relatively easy victory under their belt, when the tide turned against them.  We are not saying that the Texans grew complacent – we are just suggesting, you never know.  Past success is not necessarily a prediction of future success.  Practice, practice, practice – and plan for the next crisis – not the one you recently experienced.

WEEK 4 RECAP

Week 4 in the NFL brought the first BYEs on the NFL schedule with Green Bay and Carolina getting an early break in their season.  Of the 15 games played this week, 9 games were won by teams that faced a deficit of some kind at one point or another in their game; 4 teams overcame double-digit deficits to ultimately win their contest.  Every one of the 6 games in which the winning team never trailed was won by the home team.

After winning a Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award 2 out of the first 3 weeks of the season, the Houston Texans found out what it feels like to be the team that gives up a relatively large lead in a losing effort.  Before the season comes to a close, we suspect there will be a few teams that end up on each side of our award one week or another.  And, for the second week in a row, it was a defensive score late in the game that helped the winning team secure our award.

SEATTLE VS HOUSTON

SEA HOUThe Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans were touted as two of the better teams in the NFL coming into this season.  The Seahawks had, so far, lived up to their pre-season hype coming into Houston at 3 – 0, while the Texans had fought and clawed their way to a 2 – 1 record.  The two wins were both the result of come-from-behind victories which earned them a Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award, and the loss was an embarrassing defeat to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3.  On paper, this was one of the more intriguing matchups of Week 4; on the field, it was one of the most exciting contests, although it looked like an easy victory early for the Texans.

The Seahawks looked like they were going to start this game the same way they had started their season; confident and in control.  After a Steven Hauschka 48 yard field goal on their first possession, Seattle had an early 3 – 0 lead which they would hold onto throughout the remainder of the 1st quarter.  Then, the 2nd quarter started and the Texans started to steamroll.

The Texan onslaught began on the very first play of the 2nd quarter; a Matt Schaub to Garrett Graham 31 yard touchdown pass, down the middle of the field.  Extra point, good – Houston 7, Seattle 3.  On Houston’s next possession, the touchdown pass was a 5 yarder from Schaub to Arian Foster out of the backfield.  Extra point, good – Houston 14, Seattle 3.  Houston’s next possession, which they started one play later after recovering a Marshawn Lynch fumble at the Seattle 19, resulted in a 22 yard Randy Bullock field goal – Houston 17 – Seattle 3.  And, on their next possession, another Bullock field goal, this one from 42 yards – Houston 20 – Seattle 3.  Luckily for Seattle, the gun fired ending the first half and killing the Houston momentum.

The Seattle comeback didn’t get started until late in the 3rd quarter when they pounced on a Houston fumble at the Texan’s 21 yard line.  Although the Seahawks failed to advance the ball and had to settle for a 39 yard Steven Hauschka field goal, the tide was turning and the comeback journey underway.

Seattle started the 4th quarter with the ball on their own 1 yard line.  Fourteen plays later, Marshawn Lynch ran the ball across the Texan’s goal line from 3 yards out and the Seahawks were back to within a touchdown of tying up the game.

It looked like the Seattle comeback might come up short when Russell Wilson’s pass was intercepted at the Houston 43 yard line with just over 5 minutes left in the game, but, for the second week in a row, a defensive score would help the comeback for our award winning team.  On this occasion it was a Richard Sherman interception and 58 yard touchdown return that knotted up the game at 20 – 20 late in the 4th quarter.

Seattle had battled back from a 17 point deficit and was sending the game into overtime.

Houston got the ball first in overtime, but failed to score.  Seattle did nothing with their first overtime possession and punted the ball back to the Texans.  With the defenses buckling down, Houston had to punt the ball back to Seattle with over half of the OT period in the books.

On Seattle’s second possession of OT, aided by a Houston unnecessary roughness penalty, the Seahawks moved the ball close enough for a Steven Hauschka 45 yard field goal attempt.  The ball is up … and good!  The Seahawks put the cap on their comeback; stay undefeated at 4 – 0; and, won the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award for Week 4.  Oh, how exciting!

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

Cincinnati coming from 16 behind to beat Green Bay 34 – 30

 

Week 2 – Winners  (To read the Week 2 article, click here.)

Buffalo coming from 8 behind to beat Carolina 24 – 23

Houston coming from 8 behind to beat Tennessee 30 – 24

Arizona coming from 8 behind to beat Detroit 25 -21

 

Week 1 – Winner  (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)

Houston coming from 21 behind to beat San Diego 31 -28

WEEK 5 – College Football Crisis Management Award

With Week 4 happily in our rear view mirror, we anxiously anticipated many of the intriguing match-ups on the Week 5 slate.  Most of the early season cupcake games are over with now (although a few of those supposed cupcakes did some damage) and conference play is starting to dominate the schedule.  Although there were some interesting match-ups and games to separate the real contenders for conference championships from the early season pretenders, there was not a whole lot of excitement on the field of play and few games with amazing comebacks.

Just like the football adage, “The best offense is a good defense”, in the field of crisis management, sometimes the best emergency preparedness program is in what you do to prevent a crisis.  There are numerous disaster prevention techniques ranging from backing up data to building redundant technology and operations infrastructure that make for a good defense.  While awarding the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award each week, we have also been tracking those teams that have, thus far, prevented a crisis and have not yet faced a deficit.  Five weeks into the college football campaign for 2013 and out of the 123 FBS schools, there are still 5 teams that have yet to trail at any point in any of their games.  Those five teams are: the Louisville Cardinals; Miami Hurricanes; Ohio State Buckeyes; Texas Tech Red Raiders; and, Washington Huskies.

WEEK 5 RECAP

With most of the FCS, pre-season-type games over with, and with quite a few byes on the schedule for Week 5, there were only 49 football games with FBS schools scheduled for this week.  Of those 49 games, 21 were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game.  And, of those 21 games, only 7 teams came back after trailing by more than 8 points (one score).  Of the 28 teams that won without ever trailing in the game, a relatively large number – 13 – were the visiting team.

The UNLV Rebels came back from a 14 point deficit in their victory over New Mexico to almost become our first repeat winner of the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award, but they came up two points shy of our Week 5 winner, the San Diego State Aztecs, who defeated New Mexico State (not a good week for New Mexico football teams).

San Diego State

SAN DIEGO STATE

SD StateThe San Diego State Aztecs rolled into Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces, NM still looking for their first win of the 2013 college football season at 0 – 3.  Their hosts, the New Mexico State Aggies had fared no better thus far this year losing their first 4 contests of the season.  But, that is one of the things we love about the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award; every team, every week, no matter their record, no matter what conference they play in, no matter their ranking or their history, has the opportunity to win this award.  Of course, that means you must first suffer the angst of falling behind by a relatively large margin before rallying your way back to victory – but, any team can do it – and, this week, the award would come from a game in which neither team had yet to secure a victory.

The Aggies would be the first team on the scoreboard scoring on their first possession of the game.  With an impressive 10 play, 68 yard drive, the Aggies would go ahead 7 – 0 on a 6 yard TD pass from Andrew McDonald to Joshua Bowen.

The Aggies would tally 3 more points on their second possession of the game after a 9 play, 69 yard drive ended with a 28 yard field goal by Maxwell Johnson.

Although New Mexico State did not score on their third possession of the game, they would get the ball back one play after punting when Darien Johnson recovered an Aztec fumble at the San Diego State 30 yard line.  Two plays later, Andrew McDonald tossed a 15 yard touchdown pass to Andrew Dean to add to their lead.  The funny thing about the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winning games is – you never know when the tide will change or what play will signify the shift in momentum.  In this instance, that shift started with the rare blocked extra point attempt returned for a 2 point safety when David Lamar scooped up the blocked kick and ran the length of the football field for the safety.

The Aggies’ 16 point lead – the lead that qualified San Diego State for this week’s award – was actually cut to 14 points without any time coming off of the scoreboard clock.  A true rarity.

San Diego State scored the 2 points on New Mexico State’s extra point attempt and got possession of the ball on the kick-off.  San Diego State converted the pursuing drive into a 25 yard Wes Feer field goal to make the score 16 – 5.

On San Diego State’s next possession, they also marched the ball down field but were held one yard shy of a score on a 4th and goal from the 3.  After getting the ball back again with 13 seconds left in the half, San Diego State moved close enough to attempt a 40 yard field goal which was blocked by the Aggies who went into half time holding that 16 – 5 lead.

On San Diego State’s first possession of the 2nd half, after stymying the Aggies on a 4th down attempt at the Aztec 31, they went on an impressive 14 play, 69 yard drive culminating in a Donnel Pumphrey 12 yard touchdown run.  The Aztecs then failed in their two point attempt and trailed 16 – 11.

 San Diego State would then take the lead on the first play of the 4th quarter.  Donnel Pumphrey scored his second touchdown of the day from 2 yards out capping off an 8 play, 60 yard drive by the Aztecs.  The successful two-point conversion put the Aztecs up by a field goal at 19 – 16.

When, later in the 4th quarter, Donnel Pumphrey reached the end zone for the third time on the day, on a 43 yard scamper, the Aztecs would secure their first victory of the year and win the Week 5 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.

Certificate - Week 5 - San Diego State

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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 Diego State Aztecs for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 5 of the 2013 college football season.   Now that we are getting into the meat of the College Football schedule and conference play is under way, we can hardly wait to see what is in store for Week 6.

Week 5 – Honorable Mention

Florida State coming from 14 behind to beat Boston College 48 – 34

UNLV coming from 14 behind to beat New Mexico 56 – 42

 

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