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.

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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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SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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.

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 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!

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 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

Week 3 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Every week in the NFL seems to take on a different personality.  Week 1 was the week of changing leads as only 1 game was won by a team that never trailed.  Week 2 was the week of close games.  Although this week included 5 games in which the winning team never trailed, 11 of the 16 games were won by one score or less.  And, just when it started looking like every week was going to be full of close games, Week 3 comes along with 8 games (50%) being won by teams that never trailed and 10 games being won by more than 1 score.

Furthermore, Week 1 had 5 teams rally back after trailing by more than 1 score (more than 8 points) and Week 2 had no teams come back after being down more than 1 score (rather disappointing for this type of award).  At least Week 3 had a come-from-behind victory worth writing about – and, one with a rather bizarre sequence of events to help that occur.

Just like every week in the NFL brings on new surprises that cannot be anticipated, every business interruption event also takes on a different personality.  You can’t always accurately predict the outcome from week to week based on previous results and you can’t always respond to disasters in the same way for every incident.  That is why it is important to remain flexible with your business continuity and crisis management programs and to constantly practice and rehearse your plans for differing scenarios and a variety of impacts.  Safe Harbor Consulting has helped many companies, large and small, do just that – and we can help you, too.

But, for now, let’s get back to football.

WEEK 3 RECAP

After a record number of close games in the first two weeks of the NFL season, week 3 was a good week to be the first team to score.  A full 8 games – half the games – were won by the team that scored first in the game.  Ten of the 16 teams won their games by more than 8 points and 11 of the games were won by the home team.

Only two games in Week 3 were won by teams that were down by more than one score at one time or another in the game: Miami rallied back from 10 points down to defeat the Atlanta Falcons, 27 – 23; and, the Cincinnati Bengals came back from a 16 point deficit to win the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award for Week 3.

GREEN BAY VS CINCINNATI

GB CINThe Green Bay / Cincinnati game was odd in many ways.  Had Cincinnati not rallied back from a 16 point deficit in the 3rd quarter, the Green Bay Packers would have won the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award for rallying back from a 14 point deficit earlier in the game – no other game this week had a winning team rally back from more than 10 points.

Cincinnati scored a touchdown on their first possession on a Giovani Bernard 3 yard touchdown run capping off a 10 play, 80 yard drive to start the game.  After Jeremy Ross muffed the following kickoff, Cincinnati was back in business at the Green Bay 2 yard line.  BenJarvus Green-Ellis punched the ball in on 1st down and the Bengals were on top 14 – 0 before the Green Bay offense even saw the field.

The next 30 points of the game, however, belonged to the Green Bay PackersGreen Bay scored on 3 Mason Crosby field goals; an M.D. Jennings 24 yard fumble return; a Jonathan Franklin 2 yard run; and, an Aaron Rogers to James Jones 7 yard pass to take a, seemingly comfortable, 30 – 14 lead more than half way through the 3rd quarter.  The Bengals, however, were not in an accommodating mood and were about to take the see-saw back in their favor.

The Bengals started their come back with a 20 yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to A.J. Green.  And, followed that one up with another Dalton touchdown pass, this one to Marvin Jones at the 10:55 mark of the 4th quarter to bring the Bengals back to within 3 points when the extra point attempt was blocked.

Green Bay took possession of the ball and slowly and methodically kept the clock running and the chains moving.  Then on 4th and 1 from the Cincinnati 30 yard line – the bizarre arrived.

Green Bay had a 3 point lead.  A field goal would mean the Bengals had to have a touchdown to win.  Mason Crosby was already 3 of 3 on the day and 4 of 4 on the year in field goal attempts.  He has the range to make a 47 yard field goal.  But, for some odd reason, the Packers decided not to try a field goal and went for it on 4th and 1.  Although this play was not as bad as the Joe Pisarcik fumble in 1978, it sure did bring back some memories.  On this particular play, with just 3:47 left in the game, the Packer’s, bypassing a field goal attempt to go up by 6, handed the ball off to rookie tailback Jonathan Franklin who, otherwise having a great day, failed to secure the ball while diving into the line, off tackle … oops.  A recovered fumble by Cincinnati’s  Terence Newman and 58 yard scamper to the end-zone put the Bengals back on top 34 – 30.  What were they thinking?

Green Bay valiantly tried to march down the field to save embarrassment from this tragic in-game decision, but failed on a 4th and 5 attempt from the Bengals’ 20 and found themselves on the wrong side of an amazing come from behind victory.

The Bengals were once up by 14 and then down by 16, before finally winning the game and the Week 3 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.

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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 4 – College Football Crisis Management Award

I always get excited about the upcoming week of college football games, but the Week 4 schedule for FBS college football teams offered little to get excited about.  The Week 4 schedule offered only one match-up of ranked teams facing each other and had little else to get excited about with the match-ups on paper.  And, the week delivered about as much excitement as it promised – that is, very little – relatively.  Perhaps this was just an anomaly created by schedules that are put in place years in advance.  Perhaps this is one more reason to ensure strength of schedule is one of the criteria considered to select playoff teams in future years.  Or, perhaps this is just the calm before the storm.

Every year seems to have at least one ho-hum week.  In 2013 it was week 4; let’s hope it is the only one we get.  And, yet, we still have an award to grant to one of the few teams that provided something to get excited about.  So, let’s take a look at what happened in Week 4.

WEEK 4 RECAP

Of the 59 FBS games on the Week 4 schedule, only 21 games were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game.  Thirty-eight teams won their games without ever trailing – and, in most of those games, it was never even close.

This week did include the oddity of a high scoring game in which the winning team won by only 3 points, yet never trailed in the game.  That game resulted in Pittsburgh’s very first win in their new conference, the ACC, as they outlasted Duke 58 – 55 on Tom Savage’s 6 TD passes.

Week 4 did include 6 games in which the winning team had to overcome double-digit deficits.  Those games included:

Oregon State’s 34 – 30 victory over San Diego State, coming back from 13 points down;

Georgia Tech’s 13 point come-from-behind victory over North Carolina, 28 – 20;

Michigan’s second week in a row, come-from-behind victory, avoiding a huge upset, beating Connecticut 24 – 21 after trailing by 14;

Old Dominion’s exciting (see, there was some excitement in week 4) 59 – 58 victory over the Citidal coming back from 14 down;

Rutger’s huge win over the SEC’s Arkansas Razorbacks 28 – 24 after trailing by 17;

And, this week’s Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winners, Northern Illinois coming back from a 20 point deficit to defeat Eastern Illinois, 43 – 39.

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NORTHERN ILLINOIS

northernillinoisfbThe Eastern Illinois Panthers came into Huskie Stadium in Dekalb, IL looking for their third win in a row over an in-state rival after besting Illinois State and Southern Illinois the previous two Saturdays.  The Northern Illinois Huskies were happy to finally host a home game after starting the season with two wins on the road.  One team was going to get their first loss of the season – and the other would win the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award for Week 4.

The Panthers received the opening kickoff and methodically went on a 9 play, 75 yard drive ending with a Jimmy Garoppolo 14 yard touchdown pass to Erik Lora.  The Panthers then failed on their two-point conversion to lead the game early, 6 – 0.

The Panthers then surprised Northern Illinois with an on-side kick that they quickly recovered and were back in business on the Huskie’s 43 yard line.  This time, the drive was all of 1 play, a Garoppolo to Adam Drake 43 yard bomb.  And, before the Huskies had even run their first offensive play of the day, Eastern Illinois was on top 13 – 0.

The Huskies didn’t do anything with their first possession and punted the ball right back to the hungry Panthers who lined up to start their third drive of the game from their own 35.  Nine plays later they were back into the end zone on the third touchdown pass of the 1st quarter – this one a 13 yard pass from Garoppolo to Keiondre Gober.  And, with 7:29 still left in the 1st quarter, the Huskies, who had run all of 3 plays for a total of 3 yards, were trailing 20 – 0.  The good news, of course, there was still over 3½ quarters of football left to be played and the Huskies were getting mad.

Northern Illinois started on their journey back into the game with an 8 play, 60 yard drive that ended on a 5 yard Cameron Stingily touchdown run.  The Huskies tried their own two-point conversion and came up short.

It looked like Eastern Illinois was going to get those points right back as they drove the ball down the field, but their drive was thwarted when Garoppolo’s pass was picked off by Marlon Moore at the Northern Illinois 16.  Following a penalty on the interception return, the Huskies lined up at their own 4 yard line to start their next drive.

On 1st and 10 from their own 4, Jordan Lynch connected with Da’Ron Brown for 51 yards and, just like that, the Huskies were into Panther territory.  And, on the same drive, two plays into the 2nd quarter, the Huskies were back in the end zone on another Stingily 5 yard run.  The Huskies were now back to within a touchdown at 20 – 13.

After Eastern Illinois punted on their next possession, Jordan Lynch’s long bomb on 1st down was picked off by Jourdan Wickliffe at the Panther’s 6 yard line.  A few plays later, Eastern Illinois turned the ball back over to the Huskies on the Panther’s 39 yard line.  Jordan Lynch then ran for 32 yards before tossing a 3 yard touchdown pass to Luke Eakes, tying the game up at 20 – 20.

The two teams then took a break from the scoring frenzy and exchanged a few punts before Northern Illinois’ Mathew Sims hit an 18 yard field goal with time running out in the first half to give the Huskies a 23 – 20 point lead – overcoming the early 20 point deficit.

The Huskies were the first team to score in the 3rd quarter on a Keith Harris Jr 9 yard TD run.  After falling quickly behind by 20 points, the Huskies had managed to put 30 straight points of their own on the board.  But, the Panthers weren’t dead yet and there was still a lot of football yet to be played.

On Eastern Illinois’ next possession, Jimmy Garoppolo threw touchdown pass number 4 to Erik Lora from 33 yards out.  Following another failed two-point conversion attempt, the Panthers were back to within 4, 30 – 26.

Mathew Sims put the Huskies back up by 7 on a 33 yard field goal.  Eastern Illinois would then end the 3rd quarter on a long drive in an attempt to tie the game back up.  On the 1st play of the 4th quarter, the Panthers successfully completed their game tying drive with Garoppolo’s 5th TD pass of the day, this one to Adam Drake from 15 yards out and the game was tied 33 – 33.

Northern Illinois would respond with another Mathew Sims field goal, this one good from 37 yards out, and the Huskies were back on top 36 – 33.  But, Jimmy Garoppolo’s day was not yet over.  TD pass number 6, to Erik Lora from 10 yards out, put the Panthers back on top – but the missed extra point – the third failed conversion for the Panthers on the day, left the score 39 – 36.

The Huskies had overcome a 20 point deficit early in the game, but then gave up a 10 point lead of their own.  Now, they were on the wrong side of the scoreboard once again with just under 10:00 left to play – no worries.

Aided by a Cameron Stingily 46 yard run, the Huskies scored another go-ahead touchdown on a Keith Harris Jr 8 yard run and were back on top 43 – 39.

After forcing Eastern Illinois to punt the ball with just over 5:00 left in the game, the Huskies were able to run the clock all the way down to all zeros to secure the Week 4 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.

Certificate - Week 4 - Northern Illinois

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 Northern Illinois Huskies for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 4 of the 2013 college football season.   The Week 5 schedule looks a little more promising than Week 4 – we can hardly wait.

Week 4 – Honorable Mention

Rutgers coming from 17 behind to beat Arkansas 28 – 24

 

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 2 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award

Football teams put a lot of time and effort into preparing for game day.  It all starts before the first practice when coaches put together the team playbook – often a compilation of years and years of experience.  Then, the players work all year long on conditioning and preparing themselves for the season.  The first practices focus on the fundamentals of the game – blocking and tackling and walking through the basic plays.  And then they teams practice and practice and practice, leading up to scrimmages that simulate game conditions.  They watch film, go over situational plays and do everything they possibly can to prepare for the upcoming game.

Businesses should be doing the same things with their emergency response and crisis management programs.  But, too often, they skip over steps in the process.  Many businesses have prepared their business continuity playbook, but they fail to practice and scrimmage to learn the plays.  If the first time football players studied the playbook was when the game was already underway, they couldn’t possibly be prepared.  Other businesses go right to the scrimmage and do simulated disasters before they have worked on the fundamentals of blocking and tackling.  This leads to frustration and failed exercises.

In the world of crisis management, game day is the day the disaster strikes.  Like football teams, if you have not gone through the entire process of preparing your team for this event, you are less likely to be successful on game day.  Safe Harbor Consulting can help your organization in any or all of these phases of the preparation lifecycle.

End commercial – now let’s look at Week 2 of the NFL.

WEEK 2 RECAP

The first two weeks of the 2013/14 NFL season has resulted in a relatively large number of one score – even, one point – games.  Many of the games have gone down to the wire with both teams having an opportunity to pull out the win in the end.  In Week 2, this resulted in very few teams having large leads.  The lead, in many games, went back and forth throughout the contest – making for exciting football all around, but very few large deficits to overcome.

In Week 2, 11 of the winning teams trailed at one point in the game, but no winning team ever trailed by any more than 8 points.  Of the 5 teams that never trailed in the game, all five were home teams.  Dallas, the only team to never trail in week 1, lost to Kansas City in week 2, meaning every team in the NFL has been on the wrong side of the scoreboard at one time or another this season – and we are only two weeks into it.

Week 1 saw 5 teams overcome deficits of 9 points or more.  In Week 2 – there were none.  So, the Week 2 Safe Harbor Consulting Crisis Management Football Award is to be shared by the 3 teams that trailed by 8 points in their game before pulling out a victory.  Those teams are; Buffalo, Houston and Arizona.

CAROLINA VS BUFFALO

CAR BUFAlthough Buffalo was the first team to score, on a Dan Carpenter 55 yard field goal in the 2nd quarter, the Bills were struggling to stay in this game throughout.  Carolina lead the contest 7 – 3 at halftime and took their 8 point lead, 14 – 6, at the 6:52 mark in the 3rd quarter following a 40 yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Ted Ginn.  Eight points, however, is still just a one score lead and the Bills knotted up the score at 14 when they were successful on the 2 point conversion following a Fred Jackson 4 yard touchdown run later in the 3rd quarter.

In the 4th quarter, Carolina would convert on 3 field goals to Buffalo’s one and would have the lead at 23 -17, kicking off with just 1:38 left in the game.

In their no huddle, hurry up, two-minute offense, passing on every play, Buffalo marched the ball down field.  Aided by a pass interference penalty negating a Colin Jones Interception, and following an EJ Manual scramble for 9 yards on 3rd and 6, Buffalo scored the game-tying touchdown on a two yard pass from Manual to Stevie Johnson with just two seconds left on the clock.  The extra point sealed the comeback and last second victory for the Bills.  Not a huge come-from-behind win, but a spectacular last second finish to an exciting game.

TENNESSEE VS HOUSTON

TEN HOU

As the Week 1 winner of the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award, Houston is making a habit at winning games in which they trailed.  Last week, the Texans had to overcome a 21 point deficit for their victory over the San Diego Chargers; this week their comeback was from a pedestrian 8 points.

Houston took an early lead, scoring on the first possession of the game aided by a 60 yard Ben Tate gallop around left end and culminating with a Matt Schaub to Garrett Graham 1 yard touchdown pass.

Not to be outdone, Tennessee struck right back on their first possession ending it with a Jake Locker to Kendall Wright 6 yard touchdown pass.

After such an exciting start to the game, both teams’ offenses stalled the remainder of the 1st half until Tennessee connected on a Rob Bironas 47 yard field goal at the end of the half for a 10 – 7 lead.

Houston would take the lead back in the 3rd quarter on a Schaub to Owen Daniels, 12 yard touchdown pass.

As the 4th quarter started, Houston challenged a ruling on the spot of the ball following a Tennessee rushing attempt from their own 1 yard line and the ruling was reversed resulting in a Tennessee safety and a 16 – 10 lead for the Texans.

When the Titans next got the ball back, they went on a 9 play, 94 yard drive, scoring a touchdown on a Locker to Delanie Walker 10 yard pass.  The extra point put the Titans up by 1 at 17 – 16.

When, on their next possession, Matt Schaub was intercepted by Alterraun Verner who returned it for a 23 yard touchdown, Houston found itself trailing by 8 points with just under 5 minutes left in the game.  But, as noted before, 8 points is just a one score deficit.

A couple of possessions later Houston scored on an Arian Foster 1 yard plunge and lined up for the possible, game-tying two point conversion.  Handing the ball off to Foster once again, the Texans were successful on the attempt and the score was tied at 24 with 1:53 left in regulation.

After holding the Titans to a three and out, the Texans got the ball back with 57 ticks left on the clock and moved to within field goal range.  The 46 yard Randy Bullock field goal attempt bounced off of the left upright and the teams were headed to overtime.

Houston received the overtime kickoff and marched down field to a game winning 3 yard Schaub to DeAndre Hopkins touchdown pass to secure their second in a row, Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.

DETROIT VS ARIZONA

DET ARI

After feeling each other out in the first quarter, Arizona was the first team to put points on the scoreboard with a 47 yard field goal by Jay Feely early in the 2nd quarter.

That lead, however, was short lived as Detroit came right back with a quick strike, 72 yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson on the pursuing possession.

The Cardinals would then take the lead right back on their own, long touchdown pass of 36 yards from Carson Palmer to Andre Ellington.

The see-saw scoring would continue on Detroit’s next possession, but this time it was the result of a sustained drive ending with another Palmer to Johnson touchdown strike from 3 yards out.

The two teams then got off the see-saw and entered halftime with Detroit leading 14 – 10.

Early in the 3rd quarter, Detroit gave Arizona a gift when Stafford fumbled and Arizona’s Calais Campbell recovered at the Detroit 7 yard line.  Arizona could not punch the ball in, however, and had to settle for a Jay Feely 23 yard field goal.

On Arizona’s next possession, they returned the favor and gave Detroit a gift of their own – this one an interception by DeAndre Levy returned for a 66 yard touchdown and an 8 point Lion’s lead at 21 – 13.

Arizona started whittling away at that lead with a 43 yard Jay Feely field goal followed by a 33 yarder early in the 4th quarter to bring the Cardinals to within 2 at 21 – 19.

The Cardinals blocked a Detroit field goal attempt to stay within 2 and then scored on a 1 yard Rashard Mendenhall run to take the lead at the two minute warning mark.

Detroit failed to mount a drive on their last possession, throwing an incomplete pass on 4th and 4 and the Cardinal had secured the victory, coming back from 8 points down, to share the Week 2 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 1 – Winner

Houston coming from 21 behind to beat San Diego 31 -28.  (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)

 

WEEK 3 – College Football Crisis Management Award

Because this is the Safe Harbor Consulting Crisis Management Football Award, we must start our article on Week 3 in College football talking about a college football team that was actually dealing with a real crisis.  The University of Colorado postponed its football game against Fresno State due to flooding in the area following historic rainfall amounts.  On what turned out to be a beautiful day for a football game in Boulder, CO, the entire football team was working in the stadium serving free meals to people impacted and displaced by the floods.  So, before writing about football games, we must tip our hats to the young men of Colorado who were busy with assisting in a real life crisis.  Thank you, University of Colorado football players, staff and administration for adjusting your priorities and assisting your community in their time of need and helping to manage this local crisis.

Now, let’s take a look at the football results.

WEEK 3 RECAP

As we start to get deeper into the season, fewer FCS teams appear on FBS schedules.  As a result, Week 3 included 61 games (one game was postponed) as opposed to the 75 games in Weeks 1 and 2.  Of those 61 games, 33 (54%) were won by teams that trailed at one point.  Of those 33 games, 10 winning teams overcame deficits of more than 7 points.  Interestingly enough, 6 of the 10 teams that overcame deficits of more than 1 touchdown were visiting teams.

Two games included tremendous, 18 point comebacks.  UCLA overcame an 18 point deficit to defeat Nebraska, 41-21.  And, North Texas rallied back from 18 points down to topple Ball State, 34 – 27.  Even though these comebacks would have been enough to win the Safe Harbor College Football Crisis Management Award in either of Week 1 or Week 2, it was not enough for Week 3, as this week included an amazing rally back from 21 points down.

The Week 3 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award goes to UNLV who rallied back from 21 points down to defeat Central Michigan, 31 – 21.

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UNLV

 

unlvThe Rebels of UNLV entered Saturday’s football game at home following huge losses in the first two weeks of the season.  The team was still licking their wounds from a Week 1, 51 – 23 point loss to Minnesota and a Week 2, 58 – 13 shellacking at the hands of the Arizona Wildcats as they got ready to host the 1 – 1 Central Michigan Chippewas from the Mid-American Conference.

The Chippewas were the first team to find the end zone, scoring on a 3 yard run by Saylor Lavallii near the end of the first quarter.  And, Central Michigan would find the end zone two more times before UNLV could get on track.  Following another 3 yard rushing touchdown by Lavallii and a 20 yard pass from Cooper Rush to Titus Davis, it looked like another long Saturday on the football field for the home standing Rebels.  But, then, they answered the wake-up call.

UNLV’s first score on the comeback trail came following a 5 play 76 yard drive near the end of the first half that culminated in a 12 yard touchdown pass from Caleb Herring to Devante Davis and they went into the locker room at half time down 21 – 7.

The Rebels then started the second half with a 12 play 80 yard drive that was capped off by a 12 yard touchdown run by Tim Cornett.  Now, the one-time 21 point lead was back down to one score as the Rebels trailed 21 – 14.

The UNLV defense that had given up 109 points in the first two games and 21 points in the first half of this game finally found their stride (and, perhaps, their pride) and started to stiffen up against the fighting Chippewas.  And, a couple of offensive series later, Caleb Herring connected with Devante Davis once again for a long touchdown pass of 42 yards.  And, just like that, the teams were back to even and the UNLV defense was gaining confidence.

When UNLV’s Nolan Kohorst hit on a 34 yard field goal at the start of the 4th quarter, the Rebels had scored an amazing 24 unanswered point after trailing 21 – 0.

As Central Michigan was driving to try to retake the lead, UNLV’s Peni Vea intercepted a Cooper Rush pass at the UNLV 6 yard line and the lead was secured.  The UNLV offense then went on a 13 play, 90 yard drive to put the game away with the third Herring to Davis touchdown pass – this one from 12 yards out.

As the final gun sounded, the 21 points that the Chippewas put on the scoreboard before UNLV decided to start playing was still there – but the 0 that stood next to UNLV now showed a 31 – good enough to win the game and secure the Safe Harbor College Football Crisis Management Award for Week 3.

Certificate - Week 3 - UNLV

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 UNLV Rebels for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 3 of the 2013 college football season.   Now, bring on Week 4.

Week 3 – Honorable Mentions

UCLA coming from 18 behind to beat Nebraska 41-21

North Texas coming from 18 behind to beat Ball State 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 1 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner

This is the first installment of Safe Harbor Consulting’s Pro Football Crisis Management Award series.  The Safe Harbor Pro Football Crisis Management Award recognizes the NFL team(s) that wins its game, overcoming the largest deficit, for that week.  This award is simply “granted” in theory and comes with no actual “award”, monetary or otherwise – just our hardy congratulations and, hopefully, an entertaining blog report.

Safe Harbor Consulting is a management consulting firm specializing in corporate crisis management.  This award is just our way of combining our love for what we do with our love for the game of football.  It is our belief that, in order for organizations to recover sufficiently from business interruption events, they must plan for and practice their response to these incidents, so that they, too, can “come from behind” and stay in the game – much like professional football teams.

So, with the pre-game pep talk over, let’s take a look at Week 1.

WEEK 1 RECAP

The first thing of interest about Week 1 is that only one team won their season opener without ever trailing in the game.  That team was the Dallas Cowboys, who beat the New York Giants 36 – 31.  Ironically, Dallas had not won a single game last year leading throughout.

The second thing of interest about Week 1 is that the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award winner wasn’t decided until the very last second of the very last game of the week.  In fact, our bet is that most of our readers on the East Coast were long asleep when the amazing comeback was complete.

Of the 16 games played in Week 1, 15 winning teams trailed at one time or another in their game.  Six of those teams trailed by more than 7 points in the game.  Whether this is a sign of parity or a rare and unusual occurrence, only time will tell.  And, the 15th team to win after trailing, did so with a field goal as time ran out to take their first and only lead of the game just a few minutes short of 2:00 am, Tuesday morning on the East Coast.

HOUSTON VS. SAN DIEGO

HOU SDThe Houston/San Diego football game would be the second of two Monday Night Football Games and last game played on Week 1 of the NFL season.

San Diego would get on the board quickly intercepting Matt Schaub on Houston’s first play from scrimmage and scoring on a 14 yard pass from Philip Rivers to Ryan Mathews on their first play from scrimmage.

Houston would tie the game at 7 – 7 later in the 1st quarter on a 1 yard pass from Schaub to Owen Daniels.

The next three scores of the game would belong to San Diego.  Two TD passes in the 2nd Quarter (one from Rivers to Eddie Royal from 6 yards out and one from Rivers to Vincent Brown from the 10 yard line) and one TD pass in the 3rd quarter (Rivers to Royal from 1 yard out) put the Chargers up 28 – 7 with just over 1 ½ quarters left to play.

This is when I made the mistake of starting to write this article about the two 11 point, come-from-behind victories by Chicago over Cincinnati and St. Louis over Arizona.  Then Houston went on an eleven play, 71 yard drive ending on a 7 yard Schaub to Garrett Graham TD pass and I stopped typing.

When the Houston drive to start the fourth quarter ended with a field goal, I thought, maybe, my half written article was safe – then they explained what, to me, seemed like an awful penalty call.  I understand the new rule – you can’t hit the defenseless center on a field goal attempt – but, the replay seemed to show hardly a hit.  Heck, my wife hits me harder than that when she sees a Volkswagen.  Houston had a first down and, one play later, a touchdown on a Schaub to Owen Daniels 9 yard pass.  Now, I was worried again.  Still over 14 minutes left to play and San Diego’s one time 21 point lead was now only 7.

The two teams traded punts and San Diego had the ball again on their own 13 with just 9:38 left in the game and still up by 7.  When on 1st down, Philip Rivers dropped back to pass and was intercepted by Brian Cushing who returned it for a touchdown from 18 yards out, I deleted my original attempt at this blog.  The game was now tied at 28 and fate seemed to be smiling on the Texans.

A couple punts later, following dropped passes and missed opportunities, Houston had the ball on their 39 yard line with 3:53 to go.

And, with my east coast friends snoring away in their beds, Randy Bullock hit the 41 yard field goal that would make the Houston Texans the very first recipients of the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award, coming back from 21 points down to defeat the San Diego Chargers 31 – 28 and ending an exciting first week of football.

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 1 – Honorable Mentions

Chicago coming from 11 behind to beat Cincinnati 24 -21

St. Louis coming from 11 behind to beat Arizona 27 – 24