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:


  • 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:


  • 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)


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.


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


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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

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