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College Football Crisis Management Award – Week 5

Every week I rant and rave about how much I love college football.  And, every week I try to find new superlatives to express how fun and exciting the past week was.  Well, Week 5 was no different but I am running out of words and I hate to be redundant.  This week’s excitement included, for the second week in a row, a comeback from more than 20 points down and a big comeback from the number 1 ranked team in America – but, first, the week in review.

The College Football slate for Week 5 included a total of 54 contests with at least one FBS football team.  Again, we see how more intra-conference play and fewer FCS teams on the schedule results in fewer games being dominated by one team.  Of the 54 games played, only 24 (44%) were won by teams that never trailed.  Coming into Week 5, there were six FBS schools that had yet to trail at any point in any game they played this year.  Coming out of Week 5, four of those teams remain.  The 2 teams that fell off of that list both played games that included a double-digit come-from-behind victory.  Arizona State ended up on the losing end of their game; while Texas A&M rallied back to, at least, remain undefeated.  Baylor, Ole Miss and Texas Christian all stay on the list of teams that have never trailed by adding to their winning streaks and Marshall did so by watching games on their bye week.

There were only 3 FBS schools that had yet to hold the lead at any point in any game this season and two of them get to come of this list.  Rice not only got their first lead of the season, but they never relinquished it, being one of the 24 teams to not trail this week in their defeat of Southern Mississippi, 41 – 23.  Kent State got an early 7 point lead, their first of the season, against Virginia, but could not manage to hold on to it as they eventually fell by a score of 45 – 13.  Only SMU remains on this infamous list after failing to put up any points at all against one of the teams on the happier list, TCU.

TEAMS THAT HAVE NEVER TRAILED

Baylor, Marshall, Ole Miss, TCU

TEAMS THAT HAVE NEVER HELD THE LEAD

SMU

As a matter of interest, in addition to the teams listed in the chart above, there are 6 other teams that have not yet played a game in which the lead ever changed hands – but they have won or lost at least one of those games.  And, there are 6 teams in which every game they have played in so far included some sort of come from behind victory.  Georgia Tech is the only one of those six teams to have come out as the winner of each of those games coming back from being down 2, 7, 3 and 10 points in their four victories to start the season.

For the second week in a row, there were exactly 30 games in which the winning team trailed by at least 1 point or more at some time in the contest.  In Week 5, however, the number of games that included comebacks of 10 points or more increased from 7 to 12.  Three teams, Fresno State, Iowa and Georgia, each had to overcome 10 point deficits before securing their wins in Week 5.  UCLA and Florida Atlantic each bettered that by 1 point in overcoming an 11 point deficit.  In UCLA’s case, they did so at the expense of Arizona State, knocking them off of the list of teams that had never trailed.  Missouri had an exciting fourth quarter rally to come back from 13 points down to defeat South Carolina, 21 – 20.  Another FCS school appears on our list of come-from-behind winners as Yale defeated Army in overtime, 49 – 43 after trailing by 14 points earlier in the game.  After being on the losing side of Week 4’s award winning game by forfeiting a 22 point lead to Arizona, California ended up on the winning side of a 14 point, come-from-behind victory against Colorado.  Texas A&M also had to overcome a 14 point deficit, their first of any kind this year, before beating Arkansas in overtime, 35 – 28.  Colorado State also came back from 14 points down to eventually knock off Boston College, 24 – 21.  And, the number 1 ranked team in the country, Florida State, had to overcome a 17 point, 1st quarter deficit against NC State before notching a 56 – 41 victory to remain undefeated.  But, no school overcame a larger deficit than the Week 5 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner did.

And, the winner is … the Washington State Cougars!!

Washington State entered Week 5 as a team you just couldn’t figure out.  They looked disappointing in losses to Rutgers and Nevada to start the season, but looked impressive in beating FCS Portland State, and even looked impressive in losing a close game to #2 ranked OregonUtah, on the other hand, looked like a surprise team for 2014 with three very impressive victories to start the season, including last week’s win against Michigan in the big house.

After jumping out to a 21 – 0, 1st quarter lead following an interception return for a TD, a punt return for a TD and a 76 yard TD run from scrimmage, it looked like things were pretty well figured out; Utah was an impressive team and Washington State was an enigma.  But, college football games are made up of 4 quarters and Washington State, who looked like they were on holiday in the first quarter, had a Halliday of their own to rely upon to throw them back into the game.

Three quarters and four Connor Halliday touchdown passes later, and by holding Utah to only 2 field goals over that timeframe, Washington State had rallied all the way back to take a 28 – 27 point lead halfway through the 4th quarter.  But, Utah still had time to come back.  The Cougar defense held tight, however, and stymied two Utah fourth quarter drives by denying fourth down attempts to seal their victory and their spot as the Week 5, Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award Winner!

Certificate - Week 5 - Washington State

 

So, for the second week in a row, our winner was not determined until the conclusion of the late night West Coast slate.  For me, I kind of like that – it keeps my interest all day long wondering what is yet to come.  For a long time on Saturday, it looked like the number 1 team, Florida State, was going to be our award winner, but the Cougars from Washington State had a different plan in mind.  Congratulations Cougs!!

Now, bring on Week 6!

You can read our Week 1 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 2 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 3 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 4 report by clicking here.

College Football Crisis Management Award – Week 4

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.

TEAMS THAT HAVE NEVER TRAILED

Arizona State, Baylor, Marshall, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas A&M

TEAMS THAT HAVE NEVER HELD THE LEAD

Kent State, Rice, SMU

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.)

Certificate - Week 4 - Arizona

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!!

You can read our Week 1 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 2 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 3 report by clicking here.

College Football Crisis Management Award – Week 3

Week 3 of the FBS college football season was short of high profile matchups but long on excitement and entertainment.  There are fewer FCS teams showing up on the schedule, but we are still not yet into the conference schedules where we see more competitive matchups.  But, and this is why we love college football, the surprises and upsets are there, just the same as they are every week.  You just never know which games are going to surprise you.

That’s also one reason I love this promotion we are doing at Safe Harbor Consulting – every game, every team, is relevant.  No matter how many wins you have, or losses; no matter where you are in the standings; no matter your history, your size, your conference or your chances to get into the playoffs; you can always be this weeks’ SHC College Football Crisis Management Award winner by pulling off a remarkable come from behind victory in that week’s game.  And, we check the results of every game played to find out who you might be.

Now that we are in Week 3, as said above, there are more FBS on FBS matchups.  And, with a few more teams starting to hit their bye weeks, we end up with fewer games on the schedule.  Week 1 had a total of 84 games played with at least 1 FBS team; in Week 2, it was a total of 74 games; and, this week we were down to just 58 games.  But, fewer games does not mean less excitement.  Week 3 had plenty of that.

Of the 58 games played in week 3, 31 contests were won by teams that never trailed (54% of the games).  After just 3 weeks into the season, there are 13 FBS teams left that have never trailed in any of their games and 5 teams that have yet to hold the lead in any of their games played.  There are also 15 other teams that have not yet played a game in which there was a lead change – but they have won and lost at least one of those games.

TEAMS THAT HAVE NEVER TRAILED

Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, BYU, California, Cincinnati, Florida State, Marshall, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas A&M, Utah

TEAMS THAT HAVE NEVER HELD THE LEAD

Fresno State, Kent State, New Mexico, Rice, SMU

Of the 27 Week 3 games in which the winning team trailed by at least 1 point at some time in the contest, 10 of them were won by teams that had to overcome a deficit of 10 points or more.  Penn State rallied back after being 10 points down to spoil Rutgers’ Big Team Conference debut.  Middle Tennessee overcame a 10 point deficit to defeat Western Kentucky in a thrilling overtime struggle.  Boston College came back after being 11 points behind to stun USC in one of the week’s biggest upsets.  Iowa State walked away with the Cy-Hawk trophy after coming back from 11 points down to beat their in-state rival, IowaIndiana State, one of the few remaining FCS teams on the schedule, overcame an 11 point deficit to defeat Ball StateBowling Green secured another MAC conference victory over the B1G Ten by defeating Indiana, 45 – 42, after trailing by 11 points.  Another FCS over FBS victory was secured by Abilene Christian after they rallied back from a two-touchdown, 14 point deficit, to defeat the Trojans of TroyUAB spotted FCS Alabama A&M 14 points before scoring 41 of their own to wrap up their victory.  And, Vanderbilt overcame a 14 point deficit, to avoid starting the season 0 – 3, in their come-from-behind victory over Massachusetts.  But, no team overcame a larger deficit than the Week 3 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner.

And, the winner is … the Panthers from the University of Pittsburgh!

The Pittsburgh Panthers went on the road to Miami, FL to take on some Panthers of another color – the Golden Panthers from Florida International University (FIU).  The Panthers from Pittsburgh apparently didn’t come out of the locker room in the 1st quarter, spotting the Golden Panthers a 16 point lead before starting on the comeback trail.  Pittsburgh cut the lead to 2, 16 – 14, at half, and added 3 more unanswered touchdowns in the 3rd quarter to take control of the game.  By the time the final gun sounded, the Panthers from up north had secured a rather comfortable, 42 – 25 victory, but not until after a 1st quarter wakeup call and not before spotting their southern cousin panthers enough of a lead to qualify them as the Week 3 winner of the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.

Certificate - Week 3 - Pittsburgh

More conference games start appearing on the schedules in Week 4 and we look forward to some more excitement in the world of college football.  Thank you for following along.

You can read our Week 1 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 2 report by clicking here.

College Football Crisis Management Award – Week 2

The early season schedules for college football often include many games which appear, on paper, to be lopsided affairs.  There are quite a number of FCS opponents that share the fields with their much larger and more powerful FBS brethren; and, many schools from the, so-called, Big 5 conferences schedule plenty of home games against, what should be, weaker teams from the mid-major and lower conferences.  As a result, there are more games on the schedule with at least one FBS team participating; there are more ho-hum games with run-away scores; and, there are more games in which one team never trailed at any point in the game.  It’s kinda-sorta like the college football version of pre-season football or spring training baseball.  But … not for everyone.

Sometimes, those early season patsies don’t follow the script and put quite a scare into their bigger brother teams … and, sometimes, even steal a rather embarrassing win from them.  And, you do get those big-time, top 25, or even top 10, match-ups sprinkled in the schedule to keep things interesting.  This is what makes college football so fun from the first kickoff to the last.  And, that is what the 2014 College Football Week 2 schedule had in store for us.

The 2014 Week 2 slate included a total of 74 games with at least one FBS football team on the field.  Of those 74 games, 43 (or 58%) of them were won by teams that led throughout the entire game.  Only 9 of those games were won by the visiting team.  A few of those games were relatively highly anticipated contests between big-time football programs, like: Virginia Tech’s 35 – 21 victory over Ohio State; and, Notre Dame’s 31 – 0 dismantling of Michigan.  That psssssssttttttt you heard this weekend was the air being let out of the Big Ten’s conference bravado balloon.

Of the 31 games in which the ultimate winner trailed by at least 1 point or more at some time in the game, 13 of those games were won by the visiting team.  And, of those 31 games with some sort of comeback involved, 9 games (4 visiting teams and 5 home teams) overcame deficits of 10 points or more.

Three winning teams trailed in their game by 10 points at one time:  Wyoming, in their 17 – 13 victory over Air Force; Iowa in their 17 – 13 win over Ball State; and, Illinois in a 42 – 34 victory over Western KentuckyDuke, NC State and Colorado each had to come back after trailing by 11 points against Troy, Old Dominion and Massachusetts, respectively.  North Carolina had to overcome a 2 touchdown, 14 point, deficit before pulling off the win against San Diego State.  And, Kansas State was down by 15 points against Iowa State before notching their victory.  But, no team overcame a larger deficit than our Week 2 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner.

And the winner is … New Mexico State!

After spotting Georgia State a 17 – 0 lead early in the 2nd quarter, the Aggies outscored the Panthers 34 – 14 to come away with a 34 – 31 victory.  New Mexico State rallied from behind to take the lead in the 4th quarter, 27 – 24, but Georgia State managed to get the lead back, 31 – 27 with only 2 minutes and 30 seconds left on the scoreboard clock.  The Aggies secured the victory and their notoriety as the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner for Week 2 by scoring the winning touchdown on an 11 yard pass from Tyler Rogers to Teldrick Morgan with just 15 seconds left in the game.

Congratulations, New Mexico State Aggies!

Certificate - Week 2 - New Mexico State

You can read our Week 1 Report by clicking here.

College Football Crisis Management Award – Week 1

Safe Harbor Consulting is happy to announce the beginning of our 2nd Annual College Football Crisis Management Awards program.  The Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award recognizes the largest comeback of the week for NCAA football games that include at least one FBS football team.

So, without further ado, our Week 1 report.

The first week of College Football 2014 stretched from Wednesday to Monday over the Labor Day holiday weekend.  The slate of games included 84 contests with at least one FBS opponent.  Of those 84 contests, 54 were won by teams that never trailed in the game.  In those 54 games, 12 of the winning teams were the visitors and 42 of those games were won by the home team – not very hospitable of them, don’t you think?

In 30 Week 1 games, the eventual winner trailed by at least one point or more at some point in the contest.  In 10 games, the winning team had to overcome a double-digit deficit before notching the victory.  Three of the ten winning teams that overcame double-digit deficits were visiting teams and seven were won by the home team.

Washington, Colorado State and UL Monroe each had to overcome 10 point deficits before winning their contests against Hawaii, Colorado and Wake Forest, respectively.  South Florida and Toledo each trailed by 11 points before pulling out their victories over Western Carolina and New Hampshire.  Three teams – NC State, North Dakota State and Tulsa – trailed by 2 full touchdowns, 14 points, before rallying for the victory against, Georgia Southern, Iowa State and Tulane.  And, Central Michigan defeated Chattanooga after Chattanooga scored the first 16 points of the game.  But, no team came back from a bigger deficit than our Week 1 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner!

And the winner is … LSU.

In one of Week 1’s premier football games, between two Top 25 ranked football teams, Louisiana State University (LSU) managed to come back and win after trailing Wisconsin by 17 points midway through the 3rd quarter.  LSU scored the final 21 points in the game to win by a score of 28 – 24 and secure the first Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award for 2014.

What a terrific way to start off the season.  Most of the awards from our first year were won by teams outside of the Top 25.  To have such a high profile game garner the first award for 2014 is truly special.

Congratulations to the Bayou Bengals on their impressive come from behind victory.  We can hardly wait for Week 2!

Certificate - Week 1 - LSU

WEEK 14 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

College Football’s Rivalry Week lived up to all the fun and excitement it was hyped to be.  We had close games; gutsy calls; and historical finishes that will be talked about for years to come.  We had unbeaten teams take their first loss; winless teams get their first victory; a major shake-up in the BCS standings; and, our largest come-from-behind victory of the year.  Yes sir, the college football world is abuzz and is likely to stay so throughout Championship Week and into the Bowl Season.  Gosh, I love college football.

We entered Rivalry Week with 5 undefeated teams in FBS football; we leave Rivalry Week with 3 still standing – and some of those on wobbly legs.  Fresno State entered Week 14 at 10 – 0, having had one game (against Colorado) cancelled due to flooding in the area, and, although they scored 52 points and led by 6 points on several occasions in the game, lost by 10 to San Jose State sending their chances at a BCS game down the tubes.  By easily handling Western Michigan on Tuesday night, 33 – 14, Northern Illinois stays standing as the lone BCS buster for 2013.  The Huskies have one more challenge to hurdle, a MAC Championship Game against Bowling Green on Friday night, to finish 13 – 0 and land themselves in a BCS Bowl Game.

Florida State faced off against rival Florida and easily kept their unbeaten season going at 12 – 0 with a convincing, 37 – 7 victory in a game in which they never trailed.  Florida State’s last challenge to remain undefeated and land a spot in the National Championship Game is the ACC Championship Game against the surprising Duke Blue Devils on Saturday Night.

Ohio State survived a huge scare from rival Michigan in a game that included one of the more gutsy calls of the year.  Having scored a potential game-tying touchdown with just 32 seconds left in regulation, Michigan’s Brady Hoke opted to try to a game-winning 2-point-conversion to put an end to the Ohio State two year winning streak.  In rivalry games like this, when you have nothing to lose and can possibly ruin the whole year for your rival, this is the kind of calls you get.  In this case, the Wolverines were unsuccessful on the conversion and the Buckeyes live to play another week as an undefeated team vying for a spot in the National Championship Game.  The Buckeye’s remain challenge is against another team from “up north”, the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday.

And, in what just might be the Game-of-the-Year with what just might be the Ending-Play-of-the-Century, the two-time defending National Champions, Alabama Crimson Tide had their perfect season come to an end on a missed field goal returned for a touchdown in the last second of regulation by the Auburn Tigers.  I could hear screams of joy and shouts of agony emanating from Alabama all the way up here in the state of Washington as I watched the play unfold in amazed disbelief.  What a great Rivalry Week!

The list of undefeated teams has now been whittled down to the following 3 teams:

UNDEFEATED FBS TEAMS

  • Florida State (defeated Idaho, 80 – 14)
  • Northern Illinois (defeated Western Michigan, 33 – 14)
  • Ohio State (defeated Michigan, 42 – 41)

And, we are happy to report, as the season comes to a close for many a team that do not have a 2013 Bowl Game in their future, two teams managed to end an otherwise trying year on a winning note.  After coming so close on numerous occasions throughout the year, only to fall short 11 games in a row, the Hawaii Warriors end their 2013 campaign with a win against the Black Knights of Army.  And, the Golden Eagles from Southern Mississippi got off the two-year snide with a rather convincing 62 – 27 thrashing of UAB to end the nation’s longest losing streak.

Unfortunately, the other two winless teams did not fare so well and ended their years with the same number of wins as they started the year – 0.  Georgia State’s 12th loss came by way of a 38 – 17 beat down by South Alabama and Miami of Ohio’s 12th loss of the year was administered by Ball State, 55 – 14.  Neither winless team ever held a lead in either game.

The two FBS teams that end the 2013 year without a victory are:

WINLESS FBS TEAMS

  • Georgia State (lost to South Alabama, 38 – 17)
  • Miami, OH (lost to Ball State, 55 – 14)

WEEK 14 RECAP

Week 14 of the College Season coincided with Thanksgiving Week this year and consists of numerous end-of-the-year rivalry games that always makes for lots of fun and lots of angst.  Of the 59 FBS games played throughout the week, 27 teams were thankful for a victory in which they never trailed.  Of the 32 games in which the winning team trailed at one point or another in the game, 5 were won by teams that came back from deficits of more than 7 points.  Four teams had to overcome deficits of 14 or more points including two teams that came back from 20 or more points down!

And, on this, the last full season of FBS college football games, the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner overcame a 24 point deficit – the largest come-from-behind victory of the year!

Iowa State Helmet

IOWA STATE

Iowa StateRivalry games are great.  But, with the changing conference landscape of late and teams going from one conference to another, some rivalries have become distant memories and other rivalries are starting to form.  When the West Virginia Mountaineers moved into the Big 12 Conference they left behind one of the more storied rivalries, the Backyard Brawl, against the University of Pittsburgh, and are looking to find a new rivalry amongst their geographically distanced conference foes.  Perhaps, after the way this game played out, they may have found one.

On paper, this game looked like two teams just playing out the season and waiting to pack it in.  But, in college football, last games of the season are last games of careers for many a senior football player and, nobody playing the last game they may ever play in a sport they have loved for years, just mails it in.  Despite a 2 – 9 Iowa State playing a 4 -7 West Virginia; despite the fact neither team has a chance to earn a Bowl Game birth; despite this not really being a rivalry game between these two, relatively new combatants; this was a game both teams wanted to win – for their pride and for their seniors.  And, this was a game the two teams would play to the end – an end that included 3 overtime periods.  And, this was a game that the victor would overcome the largest deficit faced by an FBS team prior to winning the contest.

The home-standing Mountaineers started this game with a flurry and rushed out to a 1st quarter 17 – 0 lead on a Josh Lambert 49 yard field goal; a Charles Sims 7 yard touchdown run; and, a 38 yard fumble return for a touchdown by Karl Joseph.

The shocked Cyclones did manage to score before the end of the 1st quarter on a 54 yard Grant Rohach touchdown run, but West Virginia added to their lead early in the 2nd quarter.  After a Clint Trickett to Kevin White 17 yard touchdown pass and a Sims long, 76 yard touchdown run, the Mountaineers were on top 31 – 7 and looked to be running away with a season ending victory.  Even with a Rohach to Quenton Bundrage 10 yard touchdown pass making it 31 – 14 at half, it was looking like a long afternoon for the Cyclones.

The 3rd quarter consisted of a few long, time-consuming drives that ended with a blocked field goal and a fumble at the 1 yard line, but no points.  So, Iowa State entered the last quarter of their 2013 football season still trailing the Mountaineers by 17.

Early in the 4th quarter, Iowa State scored on Shontrelle Johnson 3 yard touchdown run to pull within 10, but the Mountaineers responded right back with a 1 play, 76 yard touchdown drive on a pass from Trickett to Mario Alford to push the lead back to 17.  The Cyclones got it back down to 10 on a long touchdown pass of their own from Rohach to Bundrage for 62 yards to make the score 38 – 28.

After recovering a Mountaineer fumble at the West Virginia 38 yard line, Cole Netten connected on a 31 yard field goal to pull the Cyclones within 7 with 4:21 left on the clock and in their season.  When Jacques Washington intercepted a Trickett pass at the West Virginia 33, Iowa State was only 33 yards away from a tying touchdown with 2:46 left to score.  Turns out they only needed 1:46 as Rohach hit Justin Coleman on a 19 yard touchdown pass to, amazingly enough, tie the game in which they once trailed by 24 points.  West Virginia had enough time to move the ball close enough for a last second, hail-Mary shot at the end zone, but Jacques Washington of Iowa State once again came up with the interception and the two teams would extend their last game of the season into overtime.

In the first overtime, both teams connected on field goals: Iowa State’s Netten was good from 41 yards out; and, West Virginia’s Lambert connected from 40 yards out.  In the second overtime period, each team’s offense moved the ball closer to a touchdown, but both settled for 26 yard field goals to keep the game tied.

On the first play of the first possession in the third overtime, Iowa State’s Rohach hit Justin Coleman on a 25 yard touchdown pass and made good on the mandatory 2-point-conversion with a pass from Rohach to E.J. Bibbs.

West Virginia moved the ball down to a first and goal from the 3 yard line, but could not cross the goal line in 4 tries.  And, after trailing by 24 in the 2nd quarter and still down by 17 to start the 4th quarter, the Iowa State Cyclones end their 2013 football season with the largest come-from-behind victory of the year by any FBS team to win the Week 14 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.  Boy, what a game!  Boy, what a week!  Boy, what a year!

Certificate - Week 14 - Iowa State

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Congratulations once again to the Iowa State Cyclones for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 14 of the 2013 college football season.

There is still some football left to be played with the Week 15 Conference Championship Games and a few leftover contests for teams from conferences without a Championship Game; the Army Navy game in two weeks; and Bowl Games, BCS Bowl Games and the National Championship game in weeks to come.  For those teams whose seasons are done – thanks for the effort.  For teams who still have games to be played … man, I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next.

Week 14 – Honorable Mention

Georgia coming from 20 behind to beat Georgia Tech, 41 – 34.

 

Week 13 – Winner  (To read the Week 13 article, click here.)

Connecticut coming from 21 behind to beat Temple, 28 – 21.

 

Week 12 – Winner  (To read the Week 12 article, click here.)

Baylor coming from 14 behind to beat Texas Tech, 63 – 34

 

Week 11 – Winners  (To read the Week 11 article, click here.)

Old Dominion coming from 14 behind to beat Idaho, 59 – 38.

San Diego State coming from 14 behind to beat San Jose State, 34 – 30.

 

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

WEEK 13 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Believe it or not, we are already nearing the end of the 2013 College Football Season – seems like we only just got started.

In Week 13, both the list of Undefeated Teams and the list of Winless Teams were trimmed down by one with a few other close calls.  The undefeated team that gets removed from our list is the Baylor Bears who lost to Oklahoma State, 49 – 17, in a game that they never led; lost their chance at an undefeated season; and, lost all hopes of being in the National Championship Game.  Northern Illinois remained undefeated by besting Toledo, 35 – 17, in a game in which they trailed by 3 points early in the contest.  Alabama, Florida State, Fresno State and Ohio State all remain on the list of undefeated teams with easy victories in games in which they never trailed.

The list of undefeated teams now includes the following 5 names:

UNDEFEATED FBS TEAMS

  • Alabama (defeated Chattanooga, 49 – 0)
  • Florida State (defeated Idaho, 80 – 14)
  • Fresno State (defeated New Mexico, 69 – 28)
  • Northern Illinois (defeated Toledo, 35 – 17)
  • Ohio State (defeated Indiana, 42 – 14)

For our winless teams, there were a few close games and one team which, finally, gets a taste of victory for 2013.  Georgia State put up a good fight against Arkansas State but failed on a two point conversion that would have tied the game late in the fourth quarter and lost its 11th game on the year, 35 – 33.  For the second week in a row, the Hawaii Warriors took their game into overtime in search of their first win on the season, but lost to Wyoming, 59 – 56 in a see-saw battle that had the lead change hands some 8 times.  Miami of Ohio took another early week thumping; this time, a Tuesday Night, 44 – 7, loss to Buffalo.  And, Southern Miss was doubled up by Middle Tennessee, 42 – 21 in a game in which they never held the lead.

But, in the contest that would become the Week 13 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winning game, the Connecticut Huskies overcame a 21 point halftime deficit to the Temple Owls to secure their first victory in 2013 and remove their name from the winless teams list.

The list of winless FBS teams now stands as follows:

WINLESS FBS TEAMS

  • Georgia State (lost to Arkansas State, 35 – 33)
  • Hawaii (lost to Wyoming, 59 – 56, in OT)
  • Miami (OH) (lost to Buffalo, 44 – 7)
  • Southern Mississippi (lost to Middle Tennessee, 42 – 21)

WEEK 13 RECAP

For some reason, Week 13 in College Football included an unusually high number of FBS vs FCS games for this late in the season, including one game in which the FCS member embarrassed a team from a BCS automatic qualifying conference.  Just when you think Will Muschamp’s head coaching seat couldn’t get any hotter, the Eagles from Georgia Southern light it on fire by beating Florida, 26 – 20, for their 6th straight loss and making them ineligible for a bowl game in 2013.

With 59 games on the slate with at least one FBS team participating, 36 games were won by teams that never trailed – the highest total since Week 4.  Of the 23 games in which the winning team trailed at one point or another in the game, 8 of them were won by teams that trailed by more than one score (more than 8 points), including a team that won for the first time in 2013.  In fact, that first time winner not only removed its name from the list of winless teams, but, by coming back from 21 points down before securing the victory, the Connecticut Huskies also became the Week 13 winner of the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.

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CONNECTICUT

Uconn HuskiesIt was only 3 seasons ago that the Connecticut Huskies were representing the Big East Conference in a BCS bowl game (Fiesta Bowl vs. Oklahoma).  Now, only three years later, in a much watered-down, revamped Big East Football Conference with a new name – the American Athletic Conference – the Huskies were at rock bottom of the conference and facing a potential undefeated season.  They road into Philadelphia to face the 1 – 9 Temple Owls in a game which looked like they might have a chance, but that flickering flame of hope didn’t burn too bright in the first half of that contest.

With hopes of finally getting a win in 2013, Connecticut found themselves, once again trailing in a football against an opponent they looked, at least on paper, to be equally matched-up against.  But, Temple scored the game’s first touchdown near the end of the first quarter on a P. J. Walker 6 yard run and then added two more in the second quarter – a Walker to Robbie Anderson 8 yard pass and a Zaire Williams 18 yard run – to take a seemingly commanding 21 – 0 lead into halftime.

With the season coming to a close; with an interim Head Coach making the calls following the in-season firing of your other Head Coach; holding an 0 – 10 record; and, trailing 21 – 0 at half – you wouldn’t expect a whole lot of fight left in your team.  But, to the credit of these young men from Connecticut, you couldn’t be more wrong.

The Huskies started their march to victory number 1 in 2013 on the first series of the second half.  On the sixth play of the drive, Casey Cochran tossed a 33 yard touchdown pass to Geremy Davis to remove the 0 from their side of the scoreboard.  Later in that same quarter, Max DeLorenzo ran the ball in from 4 yards out to bring the Huskies to within a touchdown at 21 – 14.  Their first drive of the 4th quarter ended with 1 yard Cochran touchdown run to tie the game and, when Yawin Smallwood returned an interception 59 yards for a defensive touchdown, the Huskies were able to remove the 0 from their win column.

Considering everything else that has happened to the Huskies in 2013, it was a rather amazing feat to come from 21 points down to get their first victory.  Now, with only one game remaining on the year, they have a chance to end 2013 on a two-game winning streak.  And, not only did they get their first victory in Week 13, they also earn recognition as the Safe Harbor College Football Crisis Management Award winners.  Congratulations Huskies.

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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 Connecticut Huskies for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 13 of the 2013 college football season.   Not only do we have just two more weeks left in the 2013 College Football season, but we also have only two more weeks in the BCS era.  Could we possibly end the BCS era, prior to going into a mini-playoff format, with 3 undefeated teams from Major Conferences?  We have some rivalry games and conference championship games to play before we find out.  I kind of hope it resolves itself and we don’t end with controversy – but, then on the other hand …

Week 13 – Honorable Mention

Duke coming from 14 behind to beat Wake Forest, 28 – 21.

Iowa coming from 14 behind to beat Michigan, 24 – 21.

 

Week 12 – Winner (To read the Week 12 article, click here.)

Baylor coming from 14 behind to beat Texas Tech, 63 – 34

 

Week 11 – Winners  (To read the Week 11 article, click here.)

Old Dominion coming from 14 behind to beat Idaho, 59 – 38.

San Diego State coming from 14 behind to beat San Jose State, 34 – 30.

 

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

WEEK 12 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

In Week 12 of College Football, FBS style, the unbeaten remained unbeaten and the winless remained winless, although there were a couple of close calls.

On the unbeaten side of the ledger, Northern Illinois got the week started with a Wednesday Night affair against conference rival and once beaten Ball State.  Although the Cardinals played them close, leading by 4 at half and tied after 3 quarters, the Huskies pulled away with a strong 4th quarter to win, 48 – 27; remain undefeated; and, stay in contention for a BCS Bowl game.  In Saturday contests: although Ohio State did give up 35 point to Illinois, the Buckeyes never trailed in the game and won rather convincingly by a final score of 60 – 35; Florida State manhandled an overmatched Syracuse, 59 – 3, with Syracuse’s lone field goal coming late in the game; Alabama got past a pesky Mississippi State team, 20 – 7, in a game that was close for 2 ½ quarters; Fresno State sat home with a bye; and, in the game that would become the Week 12 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winning contest, the Baylor Bears rallied back from an early 14 point deficit to defeat the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 63 – 34.

So, the list of undefeated remains:

UNDEFEATED FBS TEAMS

  • Alabama (defeated Mississippi State, 20 – 7)
  • Baylor (defeated Texas Tech, 63 – 34)
  • Florida State (defeated Syracuse, 59 – 3)
  • Fresno State (bye)
  • Northern Illinois (defeated Ball State, 48 – 27)
  • Ohio State (defeated Illinois, 60 – 35)

On the winless side of the slate: on the same night Northern Illinois was remaining undefeated, conference-mate Miami (OH) was taking it on the chin against the Golden Flashes of Kent State, 24 – 6, although Miami did score the game’s first field goal; Southern Mississippi was whipped by Florida Atlantic, 41 – 7, scoring a late touchdown to save from being shut out; Georgia State fought valiantly against Louisiana Lafayette, never leading, but tying the score at 21 – 21 late in the third quarter, before losing, 35 – 21;  Connecticut kept it close, without ever leading, against SMU in a losing effort, 38 – 21; and, Hawaii had a 7 point lead on San Diego State on 3 different occasions before losing in overtime, 28 – 21, the only time they trailed in the contest … darn … but, if you’ve been following along with this blog, you know San Diego State has a way of coming from behind to win football games.

The list of winless FBS teams remains as follows:

WINLESS FBS TEAMS

  • Connecticut (lost to SMU, 38 – 21)
  • Georgia State (lost to Louisiana Lafayette, 35 – 21)
  • Hawaii (lost to San Diego State, 28 – 21, in OT)
  • Miami (OH) (lost to Kent State, 24 – 6)
  • Southern Mississippi (lost to Florida Atlantic, 41 – 7)

WEEK 12 RECAP

Although Week 12 in college football seemed to have everything – close games; amazing finishes; a few upsets; and lots of excitement – what it didn’t have were a lot of large, come-from-behind victories.  Of the 52 games with FBS contestants, half of them (26) were won by teams that never trailed.  Of the 26 games won by a team that trailed at one point or another in the game, only 2 were won by teams that overcame a deficit of more than 8 points (more than one score).

Week 12 was a good week for home teams as 34 of the 52 games were won by the host team.  Of the 18 visiting teams that won their football game, 9 never trailed in the game and 9 overcame a deficit of some sort.  The two teams that overcame 2 score deficits, were each home teams: Duke, which continued it’s amazing 2013 campaign by knocking off Miami (FL), 48 – 30, after trailing by 10 points at the end of the 1st quarter; and, Baylor, which remained undefeated even though they found themselves down 14 – 0 to Texas Tech halfway through the 1st quarter.

You don’t necessarily expect a team that wins their football game by 29 points to be the same team that overcame the largest deficit for that week, but that is what Baylor did in Week 12 to remain undefeated and keep their chances of a spot in the National Championship Game alive.

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Baylor BearsEven though Texas Tech was riding a three game losing strike, they came into neutral-site AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX to square off against the undefeated Baylor Bears in one of Week 12’s spotlight games with high hopes of pulling the upset.  Baylor, although undefeated in 2013, still feels like they have something to prove in order to move up in the BCS standings to claim a spot in the National Championship Game.  A win against Texas Tech would help them along that journey.  In a packed AT&T stadium and on a nationally televised game, the fireworks were about to begin.

Texas Tech showed they were ready for the challenge by taking the opening kickoff and marching down field on a 15 play, 75 yard touchdown drive ending with a running back pass from Kenny Williams to Jace Amaro for a 6 yard touchdown and a 7 – 0 lead over the high-octane Bears.  After stymying Baylor on their first drive, the Red Raiders put together an 8 play 89 yard touchdown drive on another Amaro touchdown catch – this one of 20 yards from quarterback Baker Mayfield for an early 14 – 0 lead.

But, this is Baylor.  Everyone knew it would take more than 14 points to beat the Bears.

Baylor cut the lead in half on a quick-strike, 52 second touchdown drive, ending with a 40 yard touchdown pass from Bryce Petty to Levi Norwood.  Undaunted, the Red Raiders made it three for three on long touchdown drives with an 8 play, 75 yard touchdown drive and a Mayfield to Eric Wood 5 yard TD pass.  Missing on the extra-point attempt, however, the Red Raider lead was 13, at 20 – 7.

After holding Baylor to a three and out, things were looking promising for Texas Tech.  But, after being forced to punt themselves, for the first time on the day, the Baylor onslaught was about to begin – and, it started on that very punt.  Levi Norwood took the Ryan Erxleben punt at the Baylor 42 and raced 58 yards to his second touchdown on the day and bringing Baylor to within 6 points.  One play after Baker Mayfield was intercepted by K. J. Morton on the Texas Tech 31 yard line, Petty hit Antwan Goodley on a 31 yard touchdown pass.  The extra point gave Baylor the lead at 21 – 20.  And folks, this was just the 1st quarter!

After Texas Tech punted on their next possession and Baylor missed on a 49 yard field goal attempt, Texas Tech’s Mayfield fumbled the ball, recovered by Baylor.  Five plays later, Baylor was in the end-zone again on a 3 yard Devin Chafin touchdown run to go up by a score of 28 – 20.  A few series later, Baylor turned the ball over to Texas Tech at their own 23 yard line (following a penalty on the play).  The Red Raiders converted this turnover into a touchdown on a Mayfield to Jakeem Grant 3 yard pass to get back within 1 point.  Baylor would respond, however, with another one of their patented quick-strike touchdown drives.  It took just 1:16 for Baylor to go up again by 8.  Quick drives, of course, are helped by long touchdown passes.  In this case, Levi Norwood scored his third touchdown on the day on a 58 yard pass play from Petty and the teams would enter half time with the Bears on top by a score of 35 – 27.

Baylor then took the second half kickoff and marched down field for another touchdown, this one a 6 yard Petty run into the end zone.  After Texas Tech failed on a 4th and 2 from the Baylor 26, the Bears scored again on a Chafin 47 yard run and, just like that, Baylor was now up, 49 – 27.

Texas Tech scored a few series later on a Mayfield to Reginald Davis 19 yard touchdown pass, but Baylor answered right back with Petty 1 yard touchdown run to end the third quarter with the Bears on top, 56 – 34.

Baylor added one more, finishing touch, touchdown in the fourth quarter – a Shock Linwood 10 yard run – to make the final score 63 – 34.  Texas Tech put up a good fight early on in this contest, but, in the end, Baylor was just too much to handle.  And, after trailing by 14 points before getting the Baylor steamroller rolling, not only do the Bears remain undefeated, they are also the recipients of this week’s Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.

Certificate - Week 12 - Baylor

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 Baylor Bears for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 12 of the 2013 college football season.   With the weeks winding down, is this the year, the final year of the BCS era before starting playoff play at the FBS level, that we end up with a number of undefeated teams?  Maybe.  We think so every year, it seems, before the end of the season.  We’ll just have to wait and see.  Bring on Week 13.

Week 12 – Honorable Mention

Duke coming from 10 behind to beat Miami (FL), 48 – 30.

 

Week 11 – Winners  (To read the Week 11 article, click here.)

Old Dominion coming from 14 behind to beat Idaho, 59 – 38.

San Diego State coming from 14 behind to beat San Jose State, 34 – 30.

 

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

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:

UNDEFEATED FBS TEAMS

  • 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:

WINLESS FBS TEAMS

  • 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)

WEEK 11 RECAP

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.

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OLD DOMINION

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.

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San Diego State

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

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 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

WEEK 10 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

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

So, the list of undefeated teams is now:

UNDEFEATED FBS TEAMS

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

WINLESS FBS TEAMS

WEEK 10 RECAP

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

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

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

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LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Certificate - Week 10 - Louisiana-Lafayette

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

Week 10 – Honorable Mention

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

San Diego State coming from 16 behind to beat New Mexico State, 26 -16.

 

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

Northern Illinois coming from 20 behind to beat Eastern Illinois, 43 – 39

 

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

UNLV coming from 21 behind to beat Central Michigan, 31 – 21

 

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

SMU coming from 17 behind to beat Montana State, 31 – 30

 

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

North Dakota State coming from 14 behind to beat Kansas State, 24 -21

Troy coming from 14 behind to beat UAB, 34 – 31