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WEEK 9 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

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

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

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

WEEK 9 RECAP

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

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

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

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

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

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SMU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Certificate - Week 9 - SMU

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

Businesses, just like college football teams, can experience huge deficits from business interruption events in which they must rally from behind to stay in the game.  In the area of Crisis Management, game day is the arrival of the tornado; the coming floods; the day the hurricane strikes; a fire; a regional pandemic; technology failures; or any of a variety of risks and threats that can interrupt your business processes and/or the technologies that support them.  And, just like college football teams, your ability to overcome these deficits is directly related to the time and effort you put into planning your strategies and practicing your emergency response, business continuity and disaster recovery plays.

Safe Harbor Consulting has assisted companies and organizations, large and small, in preparing and exercising their crisis management and business continuity playbooks.  To learn more about how Safe Harbor Consulting can help you prepare for your greatest comeback, please visit our website at www.safeharborconsulting.biz; visit us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-Harbor-Consulting/204353729604053; or, call us at (253) 509-0233.

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

Week 9 – Honorable Mention

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

WEEK 8 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

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

WEEK 8 RECAP

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

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

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

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

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

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DUKE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Certificate - Week 8 - Duke

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

Businesses, just like college football teams, can experience huge deficits from business interruption events in which they must rally from behind to stay in the game.  In the area of Crisis Management, game day is the arrival of the tornado; the coming floods; the day the hurricane strikes; a fire; a regional pandemic; technology failures; or any of a variety of risks and threats that can interrupt your business processes and/or the technologies that support them.  And, just like college football teams, your ability to overcome these deficits is directly related to the time and effort you put into planning your strategies and practicing your emergency response, business continuity and disaster recovery plays.

Safe Harbor Consulting has assisted companies and organizations, large and small, in preparing and exercising their crisis management and business continuity playbooks.  To learn more about how Safe Harbor Consulting can help you prepare for your greatest comeback, please visit our website at www.safeharborconsulting.biz; visit us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-Harbor-Consulting/204353729604053; or, call us at (253) 509-0233.

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

Week 8 – Honorable Mention

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Troy coming from 14 behind to beat UAB 34 – 31

WEEK 7 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

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

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

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

WEEK 7 RECAP

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

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

San Diego State

SAN DIEGO STATE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Certificate - Week 7 - San Diego State

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 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 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 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.

NIU

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 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.

unlv helmet

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 2 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Another week of excitement, entertainment, upsets, nail-bitters and head-scratchers has come to an end.  In other words – another week of college football is in the books.  In Week 1, 52% of the games had the winning team overcome a deficit of some sort at some point in the game.  In Week 2, that percentage dropped way down to 31%.  Week 1 saw 8 FCS teams beat FBS teams.  In Week 2 that number dropped to only 3.  Fewer come-from-behind victories and fewer big upsets, but the winner of this week’s Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award overcame a larger deficit than our Week 1 co-recipients.

WEEK 2 RECAP

Like Week 1, Week 2 included 75 contests with an FBS Team participating in the game.  Unlike Week 1, where 39 games were won by teams that trailed at one point in the game, Week 2 included only 23 games in which the winning team had to overcome a deficit.  Of those 23 games, 6 required the winning team to come back from more than 7 points at some point in the game; 4 fewer than in Week 1.

Week 2 did include a game in which Tulane came all the way back from a 21 point deficit to take a 33 – 31 lead over South Alabama, only to see the Jaguars rally back and hold on to a 41 – 39 victory when Tulane failed on a two-point conversion with a little over 1 minute left in the game.

And, when the gun sounded ending the final game of Week 2, late Saturday night, no team had come back from as far down as the Southern Methodist University Mustangs in their 31 – 30 victory over Montana State.  Once again, for the second week in a row, a FCS team figures in our award winning game.  But, unlike Week 1, the FCS foe ended up on the losing side of the scoreboard in Week 2.

smu helmet

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY

SMU

The Montana State Bobcats rolled into Gerald Ford Stadium in Dallas, TX as the number 3 ranked team in the FCS.  SMU was looking to rebound from a Week 1, 41 – 23 loss to state rival Texas Tech.  With the showing that the FCS had in Week 1, the Bobcats came in confident and the Mustangs knew they could not take their opponent lightly.  Under the hot Texas sun, with game time temperatures hovering around 98 degrees, the teams were ready to square off in what would become the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winning game for Week 2.

SMU started off the contest with a nice 40 yard kickoff return by JaBryce Taylor, but could only move the ball to the Montana State 48 yard line before having to punt the ball away.  The punt, however, was downed at the Montana State 1 yard line and the Bobcats had to start their first drive with their backs against the wall.  And, on their first play from scrimmage, the wall collapsed on the Bobcats and SMU had a safety and a 2 – 0 lead when Cody Kirk was tackled by Stephon Sanders in the end zone.

SMU then received the free kick following the safety and drove the ball down field looking to take it to the Bobcats right from the start.  But, on 3rd and goal from the Montana State 3 yard line, quarterback Garrett Gilbert fumbled the ball at the 2 where Montana State’s Robert Marshall recovered it and returned it to the 11 yard line, stopping SMU from adding to their lead.

The teams then traded punts on back to back possessions.  A personal foul penalty following SMU’s punt for a touchback set Montana State up on their own 35 yard line where they started their next drive.  On a 3rd and 15 from their own 40 yard line, DeNarius McGhee tossed a 40 yard pass to Brian Flotkoetter for a first down on the SMU 20 yard line.  Two plays later Cody Kirk rushed in from 1 yard out and, following a successful two-point conversion, Montana State had an 8 – 2 lead.

On SMU’s next possession a roughing the passer penalty set them up at their own 44 yard line where they subsequently had two penalties of their own.  On 1st and 25 from their own 29 yard line, Garrett Gilbert rushed for 26 yards and a first down.  SMU moved the ball down to the Montana State 28 yard line where Chase Hover connected on a 45 yard field goal and the 1st quarter came to an end with the unusual score of 8 – 5 in favor of the visiting Bobcats.

Montana State started the 2nd quarter with a 7 play 67 drive ending with a 13 yard touchdown pass from DeNarius McGhee to Jon Ellis.  Following the conventional extra point, the Bobcats had a 10 point lead, 15 -5.

SMU started their next possession at their own 19 yard line and were quickly back in punt formation following three straight incomplete passes.  The punt just made it past mid-field and the Bobcats were back on offense at their own 49 yard line.  Three minutes and twenty-seven seconds later, the Bobcats were back in the end-zone on a 2 yard run by Shawn Johnson and the FCS Montana State Bobcats were on top of the FBS SMU Mustangs 22 – 5 with just over 8 minutes left in the first half.

But, SMU was not going to throw in the towel.  Down by 17 points, the Mustang went on a 10 play, 76 yard drive to score a touchdown on a 2 yard K. C. Nlemchi run to cut the deficit to 10.

Both teams then had quick, three and out series.  Then, with the clock running out on the 1st half, Montana State had to punt from their own 20 yard line with just 14 seconds left on the clock.  SMU’s JaBryce Taylor received the punt at his own 45 yard line and returned it 55 yards for the touchdown with 00:00 left on the scoreboard clock.  With two quick touchdowns before the half, SMU trimmed Montana State’s 17 point lead down to 3 and entered half time trailing only 22 – 19.

Montana State started the 3rd quarter in the same fashion as they had started the 2nd quarter with a long, sustained drive ending in a touchdown.  This time, the touchdown came on a 12 yard run by Cody Kirk.  The Bobcats then converted their second 2 point conversion of the game and were back on top by 11, 30 – 19.

SMU answered with a 46 yard drive culminating in a 42 yard Chase Hover field goal and the Mustang were back to within 8 points.

Montana State could not mount a drive on their next possession but did pin SMU back on their own 9 yard line with a downed punt.  On 3rd and 7 from their 12, Garrett Gilbert connected with Jeremy Johnson for a 66 yard pass play down to Montana State’s 22 yard line.  Three plays later, however, the Mustang turned the ball over and had to trot the defense back out on the field, still down by 8 when the 3rd quarter came to an end.

Montana State punted the ball back to SMU where the Mustang started again from their own 30 yard line.  Garrett Gilbert completed 5 passes in a row, moving the ball down to the Montana State 22 yard line, before misconnecting on 3 in a row and settling for another Chase Hover field goal – this one from 39 yards out.

Up by 5, Montana State went on a 10 play drive, but could not move the ball close enough for a field goal attempt and punted the ball over to SMU with 4:00 left on the game clock.  The Mustang took over, 81 yards away from a needed touchdown, with time running out.

The 1st play of the SMU drive did not start off well as Garrett Gilbert was sacked for a 6 yard loss.  A pass interference penalty on the next play, however, got the Mustang going in the right direction and Garrett Gilbert went to work.  After running for 6 yards, Gilbert connected on 6 passes in a row to move the Mustang down to the Bobcat 30 yard line.  Then, on a 3rd and 4, K. C. Nlemchi rushed for 16 yards and a 1st down at the Bobcat 8.  Following a run for no gain, SMU took a time out with 36 ticks left on the clock.  On 2nd and goal from the 8, Garrett Gilbert hit Jeremy Johnson for 4 yards.  And, on 3rd and goal from the 4, he hit Darius Joseph for the go-ahead touchdown!  Unsuccessful on their 2 point attempt, SMU had a 1 point lead with under 30 seconds left in the game.  When Montana State failed to score on their final play of the game, a multi-lateral pass play, the SMU come back was complete and they were the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winners for week 2.

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 Southern Methodist University Mustang for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 2 of the 2013 college football season.   We can hardly wait to see what is in store for Week 3.

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Week 2 – Honorable Mentions

Central Michigan coming from 14 behind to beat New Hampshire 24-21

Akron coming from 13 behind to beat James Madison 35 – 33

 

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 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winners

Welcome back college football.  Week 1 is now in the books and we have two teams to recognize as the first recipients of our Safe Harbor Consulting – College Football Crisis Management Award.  But first, let’s take a look at what transpired in week 1.

WEEK 1 RECAP

Of the 75 college football games with at least one FBS level team competing in it over the first week of the college football season, 39 were won by teams that were, at one time or another, trailing in the game.  Of those 39 teams that overcame a deficit at some point in the game, ten teams trailed by more than 7 points before rallying to win their respective game.

A number of teams that won their games convincingly still trailed early in the contest before taking control of the game.  For example: Eastern Illinois was trailing San Diego State by 6 points into the 2nd quarter before winning by three touchdowns, 40 – 19; Idaho scored the first touchdown (and missed the extra point) to lead by 6 points before North Texas scored 40 unanswered points to win 40 – 6;  New Mexico State scored the first touchdown (and made the extra point) before Texas hung 56 points on the scoreboard for a 56 – 7 victory; Marshall beat Miami (OH) by 38 points after trailing by 7 at the end of the 1st quarter and being tied 14 – 14 at halftime; Murray State scored the first 7 points against Missouri and lead 14 – 13 at the end of the 1st quarter before Missouri went on a 45 point run to win 58 – 14; South Florida scored the first touchdown and lead 7 – 2 at the end of the 1st quarter before McNeese State surprisingly won by 32 points, 53 – 21; and, Ball State won by 23 points over Illinois State, 51 – 28, despite trailing by 12 points (21 – 9) with less than 10 seconds left in the 1st half!

Of the 36 teams that won their games without ever trailing in the contest, only four of those teams were the visiting team in that football game: Texas Tech (41 – 23 winners over SMU); Northern Iowa (28 – 20 over Iowa State); LSU (37 – 27 over TCU); and, as the visiting team on a neutral field, Alabama (35 -10 over Virginia Tech).

But, at the end of it all, no team came from as far behind as the North Dakota State University Bison and Troy Trojans who each overcame a 14 point deficit to win their games and secure the first ever Safe Harbor Consulting – College Football Crisis Management Award.

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NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

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Little did we suspect when we established the parameters of our award to include all football games with at least one FBS member participating in the game, that a non-FBS football team would win our first certificate of achievement – but the Bison from North Dakota State University did just that.

It is quite an accomplishment for a FCS football team to come into a FBS team’s stadium and walk away with a victory.  It is even more impressive when you consider the FBS team they beat is from a BCS conference and one of the better teams in that conference.  And, when you consider the fact that they had to rally from a 14 point deficit to achieve that victory … well, that is just down right SPECTACLUAR!!  (And, why you’ve just got to love college football.)

North Dakota State rolled into Bill Snyder Stadium in Manhattan, KS, 12.5 point underdogs to kick off their college football season with a Friday night contest against the Kansas State Wildcats, the reigning Big 12 Champions.  And, they did so with a belief that they could compete against the big boys and ready to show the college football world just what these Bison are made of.

The Bison received the opening kickoff for a touchback and started their first game of the new season from their own 25 yard line.  If Kansas State was thinking that this FCS team was just going to roll over and play dead, the first play from scrimmage was a resounding wakeup call as Ryan Smith rushed for 18 yards and a first down – and the game was on.  The Bison did not manage to gain another first down on this opening drive but they gave notice that they were here to play.

The teams then traded a few possessions without much offensive productivity.  After its second possession of the game, Kansas State punted from its own 29 yard line and North Dakota State’s Christian Dudzik returned it 49 yards to the Kansas State 23 yard line and the Bison were in business.  Five plays later, Brock Jensen completed a pass to Ryan Smith for 5 yards and a Bison touchdown.  North Dakota State had a shocking, early, 7 – 0 lead over the home town Wildcats.

This touchdown, however, appeared to wake up the Wildcats as, on the next series, the Wildcat’s quarterback, Jake Waters completed passes of 12, 12, and 11 yards down to the Bison 33 yard line when the 1st quarter came to an end.

When the 2nd quarter started, Kansas State tried to continue their drive and, after gaining 7 yards on the 1st three plays went for it on 4th and 3 and were held 2 yards shy of a first down by the mighty Bison defense.

Kansas State then held the Bison to a three and out and got the ball back on their own 22 yard line.  Four straight completed passes later, culminating with a 45 yard strike from Jake Waters to Tramaine Thompson, the Wildcats found the end zone and tied the game at 7 – 7.

The teams then played the remaining of the 2nd quarter and 1st half to a stalemate, with North Dakota State missing a 34 yard field goal attempt following an interception by Marcus Williams, and went into the locker rooms at halftime tied up at 7.

Kansas State came out of the locker room for the second half of football looking like they were ready to put these pesky Bison to bed.  Kansas State’s first possession of the second half was another quick strike for a touchdown.  Two passes of 7 yards each from Jake Waters to Tramaine Thompson was followed by a 56 yard strike to Tyler Lockette and, just 1:01 into the 3rd quarter, Kansas State had its first lead of the game 14 – 7.

Two plays later, in the pursuing possession, Kansas State’s Dante Barnett intercepted a Brock Jensen pass and the Wildcats were back in business at the North Dakota State 36 yard line.  Three minutes and six seconds later, Daniel Sams rushed in from 17 yards out and the Wildcats were up by 14 before most of the fans had returned back to their seats from getting a half time snack.

You might think that a FCS school, facing a stellar FBS program, finding itself down by 14 points in the 3rd quarter, might start thinking about the trip back home – but, not these Bison.  Down 21 – 7, in unfriendly confines, the Bison started their next drive from the 25 yard line following a touchback on the kickoff and proceeded to venture on an 11 play, 75 yard drive that ended with a Brock Jensen to Kevin Vaadeland 9 yard pass for a touchdown.

Kansas State’s next drive stalled out at the North Dakota State 47 yard line and the following punt pinned North Dakota State in at their own 2 yard line.  On 1st down, Sam Ojuri broke off a 66 yard run and, just like that, North Dakota State was back in Kansas State territory.  Four plays later Adam Keller booted a 41 yard field goal and North Dakota State was now trailing by only 21 – 17 as the 3rd quarter came to an end.

Kansas State started the 4th quarter with a promising drive, but they stalled out at the North Dakota State 35 yard line and, following a delay of game penalty, punted the ball back to the Bison.

Trailing now by only 4 points; with 8:58 remaining on the clock; and, the ball on their own 20 yard line – the FCS Bison’s offense lined up against a powerhouse FBS Kansas State defense and went on, what has to be, the drive of the week for week 1.

The Bison put together an impressive 18 play, 80 yard drive that ate up 8:30 of the game clock.  During this drive, North Dakota State converted on four 3rd downs – the longest being a 3rd and 7.  With the longest plays of the drive being an 11 yard pass from Brock Jensen to Derrick Lang and an 11 yard pass from Jensen to Ryan Smith – the Bison methodically marched down the field.  With 28 seconds left on the game clock, Brock Jensen took the ball in from 1 yard out to give North Dakota State a 24 – 21 lead over the stunned Wildcats.

When Grant Olsen intercepted Jake Waters’ pass on the first play of Kansas State’s last ditch attempt to salvage a victory, the upset was complete and North Dakota State had rallied back from a 14 point deficit to win the first Safe Harbor Consulting – College Football Crisis Management Award – an honor they would share with Troy University.

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TROY UNIVERSITY

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The Trojans of Troy University would kick off their 2013 college football campaign by hosting the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers on what would promise to be one of the most exciting football games on the first Saturday of the new season.  And, when the dust had settled, the Trojans would be one of two teams to receive the first ever Safe Harbor Consulting – College Football Crisis Management Award.

Troy would receive the kickoff to start the game and the excitement would begin from the very first play from scrimmage as Deon Anthony raced 52 yards on a screen pass from Corey Robinson.  Three plays later, Robinson completed a 24 yard pass to Brandon Burks down to the Blazers’ 4 yard line.  Following a rush for a loss, a small gain and a 5 yard penalty, Brandon Burks rushed the ball in from 10 yards out and a Trojan touchdown.  And, just 2:46 seconds into the game, Troy had a 7 – 0 lead over the Blazers.

But, the celebration would be short-lived as the Blazers marched the ball down field on their first possession for a game tying score of their own.  The Blazers’ drive included a 4th down conversion on 4th and 5 from the Troy 40 yard line on a 7 yard completed pass from Austin Brown to Jamari Staples.  The equalizer came on a 21 yard toss from Austin Brown to Jamarcus Nelson and, before the crowd had a chance to settle down into their seats, the football game was tied 7 – 7.

Troy’s next possession started off with a 10 yard penalty and ended with a fumble by Khary Franklin recovered by Derek Slaughter of UAB on the Troy 42 yard line.  As often happens following a quick turnover, UAB immediately went for a big play and hit it with a 42 yard touchdown pass from Austin Brown to Jamari Staples.  And, just like that, UAB had themselves a 14 – 7 lead.

Things then settled down a bit as the two teams exchanged punts the next few possessions going into the 2nd quarter.  UAB mounted a little bit of a drive early in quarter 2 but missed a 49 yard field goal attempt.  A few series later, Troy missed a field goal of their own from 38 yards out.

On the last possession of the 1st half, UAB moved the ball down to the Troy 33 yard line and, living up to his name, Ty Long booted a 50 yard field goal to put the Blazers up 17 – 7 at halftime.

UAB mounted a sustained drive to start the second half, ending at the Troy 29 yard line, but this time, Ty Long missed his field goal attempt.  Troy then marched down the field and scored a touchdown on a 23 yard pass play from Corey Robinson to Eric Thomas to bring the Trojans back to within 3 points.

Once again, however, the Trojans’ celebration was cut short as Jamarcus Nelson returned the pursuing kickoff 97 yards for another UAB touchdown putting the Blazers back on top by 10.

UAB then tried to surprise the Trojans with an on-side kick but the men of Troy were up to the task and secured the ball at the UAB 46 yard line.  The Trojans proceeded to march the ball down field to the UAB 1 yard line, where they were stymied and had to settle for an 18 yard field goal by Will Scott.

UAB answered right back again, however, and had another quick strike with a 62 yard touchdown pass from Austin Brown to Jamarcus Nelson.  And, UAB had their biggest lead of the game, 31 – 17, as the gun sounded ending the 3rd quarter.  But, the 4th quarter would belong to Troy.

With possession of the ball to start the 4th quarter, Troy completed a 12 play 67 yard drive with a Jordan Chunn 11 yard rush up the middle for a touchdown, bringing the Trojans back to within 7.

UAB punted on their next possession pinning the Trojans in on their own 6 yard line.  From there, Corey Robinson hit Eric Thomas for 17 yards; Jordan Chunn for 7 yards; and, Chandler Worthy for 15 yards before Wilson Van Hooser fumbled the ball following another completed pass, recovered by UAB and returned to Troy’s 46.

Aided by a couple of costly UAB penalties, the Troy defense stiffened up and forced UAB to punt the ball from their own 48 yard line.  Hunter Mullins shanked an 11 yard punt and the Trojans were back in business from their own 41 yard line with 5:45 left on the game clock.

On 1st down, Jordan Chunn rushed up the middle for 19 yards to the UAB 40.  Three plays later, Troy found themselves at 4th and 3 from the UAB 33 yard line with 3:36 left in the game.  Following a time out to discuss the play, Corey Robinson completed a 31 yard bomb to Chandler Worthy to the UAB 2 yard line.  Following a 1 yard, roughing the passer penalty, Deon Anthony punched it in from 1 yard out and the Trojans had tied the score at 31 – 31.

Jamarcus Nelson fumbled the UAB kickoff return but UAB was able to recover it on their own 27 yard line to avoid a disaster.  UAB was just able to cross midfield before the game clock ran out following a false start penalty.  With the game tied at 31, Troy had rallied back from a 14 point deficit to force overtime.

In the first OT period, UAB started on offense and were held without a first down by a toughened Troy defense before botching the snap on a 37 yard field goal attempt.  The Trojans then ran for 16 yards on 1st down in their possession and set up for a game winning, come from behind victory, 30 yard field goal by Will Scott.

As the stats sheets were tallied, this game included some amazing accomplishments.  Troy’s Corey Robinson finished the game 30 for 32 in passing, setting an NCAA record for completion percentage in a game with at least 30 passing attempts and UAB’s Jarmacus Nelson had amassed an amazing 367 all-purpose yards to set a UAB team record.

And, at the end of a truly epic and exciting 1st game of the 2013 college football season, the men of Troy are recipients of the first Safe Harbor Consulting – College Football Crisis Management Award.  An honor they share with the Bison from North Dakota State University.

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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.

So, congratulations to the North Dakota State Bison and Troy Trojans for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during week 1 of the 2013 college football season.   Now, let’s get ready for Week 2 – we can hardly wait.

Week 1 – Honorable Mentions

Fresno State coming from 13 behind to beat Rutgers 52-51 in overtime

UTSA coming from 13 behind to beat New Mexico 21 – 13