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College Football Crisis Management Award – Week 7

We have already reached the halfway point of the inaugural FBS Playoff season and the projected playoff line-up looks nothing today like it did at the start of the season.  And, my bet is, it will look nothing at the end of the season like it looks today.  The Mississippi schools have muddied the water, the Pac 12 schools have thrown in a wrench and the B1G Ten schools have vacated the premises.  Not to mention that the lone remaining team from most analysts’ original playoff predictions is currently involved in a scandal that could cost them the services of their high profile, Heisman-holding quarterback.  Looking ahead, every one of the remaining weeks shows promise of further changing the playoff landscape and keeping us all on our toes and biting our nails.

Week 7 of the 2014 college football season didn’t quite match the fury of Week 6, but it did offer up plenty of excitement and plenty of opportunity to shake up the Top 4 and Top 25 rankings.  Week 7 included a total of 54 games with at least one FBS football team participating in which 26 (48%) were won by teams that never trailed.  Marshall, with its 49 – 24 victory over Middle Tennessee State, is left as the only FBS team to have never trailed at any point this season.  Baylor gets removed from that list in remarkable fashion, but, more on that later (spoiler alert).

SMU, by virtue of having a bye this week, remains the only FBS football team to never hold a lead in any of their contests so far.  But, I don’t think the Mustangs will stay there for much longer.  Hopefully, a week off is just what the doctor ordered and they can find themselves on the positive end of the scoreboard sometime soon.

The list of teams that have played in games in which the lead never changed hands has been trimmed down to two.  That is also true for the list of teams that have played in games that always included a comeback of some sort.  In the case of the latter list, Georgia Tech remains on that list, but, for the first time this season, they were on the losing end of the score, having lost to Duke after having a 3 point lead at one point in the game.

TEAMS THAT HAVE NEVER TRAILED

Marshall

TEAMS THAT HAVE NEVER HELD THE LEAD

SMU

TEAMS THAT HAVE PLAYED GAMES IN WHICH THE LEAD NEVER CHANGED

North Texas (2 – 4), South Alabama (2 – 3)

TEAMS THAT HAVE PLAYED GAMES THAT ALWAYS INCLUDED A COMEBACK WIN

Georgia Tech (5 – 1), UCF (3 – 2)

Of the 28 Week 7 games that involved some kind of comeback, 12 of those games experienced comebacks of 10 points or more, and, for the first time this season, two games tied for the honor of the largest come-from-behind victory for the week.  Four teams – LSU, East Carolina, Texas San Antonio (UTSA), and Eastern Michigan – all rallied back for victories after trailing by 10 points at some time in their games.  Kentucky overcame an early 11 point deficit before easily dispensing UL Monroe, 48 – 14.  And, a total of five teams – Hawaii, Houston, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Central Florida (UCF) – had to come from two touchdowns, 14 points, down before securing their victories in Week 7.  But, no teams had to overcome a larger deficit than the two teams that tied for this week’s Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award  did.

And, the winners are … the Baylor Bears and the Western Michigan Broncos!!

Baylor entered its game against Texas Christian (TCU) as one of only two teams that had yet to trail at any point in 2014.  This game was one of Week 7’s highest profile games, featuring two Top 10 ranked teams that promised to have serious playoff picture implications.  The build-up leading into this game promised plenty of fun and excitement, and, it delivered all of that in spades.

These two teams include high octane offenses, so it was not too surprising to see lots of points put on the board.  TCU jumped out to a quick 14 – 0 lead, but the scoring was fast and furious and the game remained close through the first three quarters.  TCU held the lead most of the time, although Baylor did manage to tie the game once, at 24 – 24, and, generally, remain within striking distance of the Horned Frogs.

When TCU padded their lead with two quick touchdowns in the 4th quarter, to go ahead by 21, 58 – 37, it looked like the Horned Frogs were going to vault themselves into the playoff picture, but, Baylor was not yet done.

Baylor immediately answered TCU’s last touchdown with a 4 play, 45 yard touchdown drive that took all of 59 seconds off of the clock to draw back to within 14 points.  After getting the ball back 2:39 later at their own 8 yard line, the Bears marched 92 yards in 5 plays to pull within one touchdown of a tie.

With the Bear defense holding TCU to a 3 and out, the offense started their next drive at their own 9 yard line and moved 91 yards in a 5 play, 59 second drive to tie the game up at 58 – 58.

On TCU’s next possession, while trying to get within field goal range to reclaim the lead, the Baylor defense stopped a 4th down and 3 attempt at the Baylor 45 yard line to take possession of the ball with just a little over 1:00 left on the game clock.  The Bears were able to move the ball down to the TCU 11 where Chris Callahan booted a 28 yard field goal as time ran out on the clock, to win the game.  It was Baylor’s only lead in the entire game and put the finishing touch on a remarkable, 21 point, come-from-behind victory.  Not only was it the first time Baylor had ever trailed in a game this season, but they trailed by 21 points before claiming their hold of the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award for Week 7.  An honor they would share with Western Michigan.

Certificate - Week 7 - Baylor

The Western Michigan vs Ball State football game was, admittedly, a little less of a high profile game than Baylor v TCU.  A few less TV sets and fans were watching this game, and no playoff implications rested in the balance of the outcome.  But, a 21 point, come-from-behind victory is no less amazing when two teams from the same conference take the field against one another.

The Broncos of Western Michigan dug their 21 point hole deficit earlier in the game than Baylor did, finding themselves down by a score of 28 – 7 late in the 2nd quarter.  A 75 yard touchdown pass near the end of the first half – followed up by a Ball State field goal – made the halftime deficit 17 points.

Two Western Michigan touchdowns against one Ball State touchdown in the 3rd quarter allowed the Broncos to enter the 4th quarter down by 10.  A 54 yard touchdown run by Jaryion Franklin followed up by a 12 yard touchdown pass from Zach Terrell to Daniel Brayerman put the Broncos on top for the first time, 42 – 38 with just over one minute to play.

The Cardinals, trailing for the first time, marched the ball down field in attempt to rescue back the lead, but failed to get the ball into the end zone, being stopped on a 4th and goal play after four incomplete passes from the Broncos 8.  It was a nail biter at the end, but when the final gun sounded, the Broncos were 21 point come-from-behind winners and co-winners of the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award for Week 7.

Certificate - Week 7 - Western Michigan

Congratulations to both the Baylor Bears and the Western Michigan Broncos.  A great way to end the half-way point of the 2014 season!  This week just goes to show, that there is just as much fun, excitement and entertainment in a mid-major conference football game as there is in a game of national attention with playoff implications – college football at its best.

Now, let’s go ahead and shake up the playoff picture again in Week 8!

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Your Plandemic – The Plan to Plan Plan

Now that the Ebola virus has made its way to the United States and we enter the traditional US Flu season, companies are beginning to revisit and/or develop Pandemic Plans to address this scare.  But, Pandemic Planning is a little bit different than your standard business continuity plan development process.  I have often chastised organizations for saying they have business continuity or disaster recovery “plans” when all they really have are plans to create plans, but, in the case of pandemic planning, I think, that is actually the right approach to take.

The reason why it is so important to have well developed and relatively detailed business continuity plans, strategies and solutions in place today is that most disasters occur without warning and do not provide the luxury of time to figure out what to do after the incident occurs.  Pandemics represent an evolving threat that comes in various shapes and sizes and does afford us a luxury (if that word really applies here) to construct a response plan based on the particular pandemic that poses the threat.

The “Pandemic Influenza Risk Management / WHO Interim Guidance” published by the World Health Organization in 2013 (click here to read this document) states:

“Member States had prepared for a pandemic of high severity and appeared unable to adapt their national and subnational responses adequately to a more moderate event.”

And recommends,

“a risk-based approach to pandemic influenza risk management and encourages Member States to develop flexible plans, based on national risk assessment, taking account of the global risk assessment”

I think this applies to individual company plans, as well.  The Pandemic Plans that now sit on the shelves of most companies today include the best practices recommended for addressing the Avian Flu or Swine Flu or H1N1 – whichever scare was prevalent at the time they wrote their plan.  Although these plans may still contain lots of terrific practices for any epidemic or pandemic, it will probably need to be adjusted to address whatever pandemic actually occurs in their area.  It is for this reason that I believe the best approach to pandemic planning is to establish an environment in which you “plan to plan” for whatever pandemic might present itself.

The recommended, new WHO Pandemic Model has been simplified to include only 4 Pandemic Phases:

“Interpandemic phase: This is the period between influenza pandemics.

Alert phase: This is the phase when influenza caused by a new subtype has been identified in humans. Increased vigilance and careful risk assessment, at local, national and global levels, are characteristic of this phase. If the risk assessments indicate that the new virus is not developing into a pandemic strain, a de-escalation of activities towards those in the interpandemic phase may occur.

Pandemic phase: This is the period of global spread of human influenza caused by a new subtype. Movement between the interpandemic, alert and pandemic phases may occur quickly or gradually as indicated by the global risk assessment, principally based on virological, epidemiological and clinical data.

Transition phase: As the assessed global risk reduces, de-escalation of global actions may occur, and reduction in response activities or movement towards recovery actions by countries may be appropriate, according to their own risk assessments.”

I recommend that your Pandemic Program establish actions to take during each of these phases.

During the Interpandemic Phase, your Business Continuity Department (or Human Resources or Health Department, perhaps) should monitor WHO, CDC and local Health Agencies tracking of developing health risks and threats.

Should a situation occur where the Pandemic Level is raised to the Alert Phase, you should begin to develop more specific Prevention, Response and Contention strategies based on the health organization’s recommendations for the particular health risk that causes the alert.  You will likely be able to leverage many of the solutions developed in your previous pandemic plan, but your final plan will be geared towards this particular threat.

Should this threat result in either a regional epidemic or world-wide pandemic, you then put that plan into action.

Once the threat has been normalized and we enter the Transition Phase, your course of action should be to remain poised for a second wave of this particular pandemic while also documenting lessons learned to be considered should another threat develop.  You then “shelve” this particular plan and return to your tracking and monitoring position in the Interpandemic phase.

So, in effect, your Pandemic Program provides the basis for you to wait for a threat to develop and then jump into action developing the “plan” for this particular threat – in other words, you plan to plan.

Now, of course, there is also that part of the plan in which you must consider continuity of operations given that your work force is depleted or immobilized and/or given that key senior management have been impacted (ill or even died).  This is where you would deploy contingencies you have in place for such impacts.  (See the “Scenario Based vs Impact Based Planning” blog for more discussion on contingency planning.)

This approach will not work for other common business interruption risks and threats, but, I think, is the appropriate approach for addressing Pandemic Planning.

Meanwhile, promote day-to-day health and sanitation practices in your work environment – always a good way to combat any seasonal flu or more serious health risks.

Good luck, and stay healthy.

College Football Crisis Management Award – Week 6

As fun and exciting as Weeks 1 – 5 in College Football have been, Week 6 blew them all away.  In the inaugural FBS Championship Playoff season, Week 6 just muddied up the waters something awful … and I love it!!  Given some of the teams that were involved in this week’s upsets, I guess you can call the playoff picture a Mississippi Mud Pie.  I happen to believe that Week 6 was just the tip of the iceberg and each subsequent week will result in more upsets; more shuffling of the top ranked spots; more heartache and frustrations from select fan bases; more jubilation and field rushing from other fan bases; and, yes, more fun and excitement.

The College Football slate for Week 6 included a total of 57 games with at least one FBS football team participating.  Of those 57 games played, 24 (42%) were won by teams that never trailed.  Both Ole Miss and TCU come off the list of teams that have never trailed, but, both also ended up winning their games in come-from-behind fashion beating top 5 ranked teams and adding to the Week 6 playoff predictions shuffle.  That leaves us with just two teams, Baylor and Marshall, which have yet to trail in any of their 2014 football contests.

SMU remains the only FBS football team to never have a lead in any of their contests so far.  But, the Mustangs did show some life in their game against a very good East Carolina squad and, as they get into American Athletic Conference play, I am confident they will soon achieve their first lead, and, come away with their first victory.

In addition to Baylor, Marshall and SMU, there are 4 other teams, Appalachian State, Kansas, North Texas and South Alabama who have had the first team to score never relinquish the lead in every game they played.  And, there are 4 FBS teams that have had every game they played in include some kind of come from behind victory.  Georgia Tech, with their win over Miami (FL), in which they once trailed by 7, remains the only undefeated team to rally back from a deficit in each of their victories.

TEAMS THAT HAVE NEVER TRAILED

Baylor, Marshall

TEAMS THAT HAVE NEVER HELD THE LEAD

SMU

TEAMS THAT HAVE PLAYED GAMES IN WHICH THE LEAD NEVER CHANGED

Appalachian State (1 – 3), Kansas (2 – 3), North Texas (2 – 3), South Alabama (2 – 3)

TEAMS THAT HAVE PLAYED GAMES THAT ALWAYS INCLUDED A COMEBACK WIN

Georgia Tech (5 – 0), Iowa (4 – 1), UAB (3 – 2), UCF (2 – 2)

Week 6 included 33 games in which the winning team trailed by at least 1 point or more at some time in the contest.  Of those 33 games, 7 included comebacks of 10 points or more.  Ole Miss knocked Alabama out of the playoff picture (for the time being) with an incredible 11 point comeback against the mighty Crimson Tide.  Bowling Green also came back from an 11 point deficit to defeat Buffalo, 36 – 35.  UAB had to comeback after being 13 points down against Western Kentucky before securing their victory, 42 – 39.  Two teams that have figured into the past two Crisis Management Award winning games, California, on the losing end of Week 4’s award and Washington State, the winner in Week 5, played in a barn-burner in which California eventually won, 60 – 59, after being down by 14 several times in the contest.  Georgia Southern came back after being 14 points down to beat New Mexico State, 36 – 28.  And, Kentucky upset South Carolina, 45 – 38, after trailing by 14 points, legitimizing their standing in the tough SEC.  But, no team came back from a larger deficit in Week 6 (or, any other week this season) then our Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner did!

And, the winner is … the Red Hawks from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio!!

How ironic is it that in a week with so many games of ranked team versus ranked team; a week with 11 top 25 teams getting beat; a week that muddies up the top 10 rankings and throws a wrench into the volatile inaugural championship playoff picture, that the one game with the largest come from behind victory; the one game with enough excitement to entertain any college football fan; and, the game that produced this Week’s Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner, was the game that featured two 0 – 5 teams vying for their first win of the season?

In the 5 games Massachusetts had lost prior to the Week 6 contest against Miami, OH, they held the lead in three of those loses – twice blowing leads of more than 10 points.  Miami held 7 point leads in three of the 5 games they had lost coming into Saturday.  You knew one of the two teams had to come away with a victory – you just didn’t know it would be in such amazing fashion.

UMass put up the first two touchdowns, ending the 1st quarter with a 14 – 0 lead.  They built that lead up to 27 points at 41 – 14 with 2:00 left in the first half and it looked like the Red Hawks were headed to yet another embarrassing defeat.  The touchdown Miami scored just before the half ended, to get within 20, still didn’t seem like it put them back into the game.

But, UMass may have already thought they had the victory sealed and failed to come out of the locker room with that same first half intensity and Miami was not yet done playing football.  Miami put up the only score in the 3rd quarter to get within 13 at 41 – 28.  And, two more touchdowns in the 4th quarter while holding UMass at bay completed an amazing 27 point come from behind victory and secure the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award for Week 6.

Certificate - Week 6 - Miami OH

 

I guess it’s fitting that this historic week should include the year’s largest come from behind victory to date.  And, I love the fact that games like this – otherwise buried behind all the Top 25 matchups and Top 5 upsets, can be just as exciting and demand our attention and recognition.  Way to go Red Hawks!!

Now, I can’t wait to see what muddies up the waters next week.

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College Football Crisis Management Award – Week 5

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

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

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

TEAMS THAT HAVE NEVER TRAILED

Baylor, Marshall, Ole Miss, TCU

TEAMS THAT HAVE NEVER HELD THE LEAD

SMU

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

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

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

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

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

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

Certificate - Week 5 - Washington State

 

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

Now, bring on Week 6!

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College Football Crisis Management Award – Week 4

Wow!!  But, I am getting ahead of myself.  Let’s take a look at Week 4 in College Football before we get to that Wow!! part.

The College Football schedule for Week 4 had a total of 57 games that included at least one FBS football team.  For the first time this year, less than 50% of those games were won by teams that never trailed in the game.  Of the 57 games played, 27 games (47%) were won by teams that never trailed.  And, only 6 of those teams got dressed in the visitors’ locker room.  Of the 13 teams that had never trailed at any point in this season, only Marshall and Texas A&M won their games without trailing.  Arizona State, Baylor, Ole Miss and TCU all stay on the list of teams that never trailed by virtue of having a bye in Week 4.  Auburn, BYU, California, Cincinnati, Florida State, Oklahoma and Utah all trailed at some point in their game, but, all but California (spoiler alert) eventually won their respective games.

Of the 5 teams that had never led at any point in a game during this season, only 3 teams remain: Rice and SMU, by failing to get a lead; and, Kent State by taking the week off.   Fresno State and New Mexico not only achieved their first advantage in a football game this season, but, both teams also held onto the lead when the final gun sounded to secure their first win of the season.

TEAMS THAT HAVE NEVER TRAILED

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

TEAMS THAT HAVE NEVER HELD THE LEAD

Kent State, Rice, SMU

Of the 30 Week 4 games in which the winning team trailed by at least 1 point or more at some time in the contest, 7 of them were won by teams that had to overcome a deficit of 10 points or more.  Once again, another FCS team appears on our list as the Demons from Northwestern State rallied back from a 10 point deficit with less than 5 minutes remaining in the game to defeat Louisiana Tech by a final score of 30 – 27.  Iowa came back from a 10 point, first half deficit to beat previously undefeated (and, our Week 3 winner of this award) Pittsburgh, 24 – 20.  Georgia Tech, after trailing by 10 points in the 2nd quarter, put up 17 4th quarter points to beat ACC rival Virginia Tech, 27 – 24.  South Carolina spotted Vanderbilt 2 first quarter touchdowns before sinking the Commodores by a final score of 48 – 34.  The Washington Huskies trailed Georgia State 14 – 0 at halftime before waking up and scoring 45 unanswered second half points of their own to secure the win.  And, Illinois saved the Big Ten yet another embarrassing defeat by rallying back from a 15 point deficit late in the 2nd quarter to ultimately defeat Texas State, 42 – 35.  But, no team overcame a larger deficit to win their game than our Week 4 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner did!

And, the winner is, in truly amazing fashion, … the Arizona Wildcats!

California entered its football game against Arizona as one of 13 teams that had yet to trail in a 2014 football game.  After jumping out to a 14 – 0 lead in the first quarter, and stretching that lead to 28 – 6 at halftime, it looked like a safe bet that they would remain one of those teams at the end of Week 4.

California still held a seemingly comfortable 18 point lead going into the 4th quarter and was still up, 45 – 30 with under 4:00 remaining in the game.  Then … Wow!!

At the end of an 8 play 75 yard TD drive that ended with 3:30 left on the clock, Arizona got to within 8 at 45 – 37.  After recovering the following on-side kick, Arizona scored another touchdown on a 4 play 41 yard drive that took all of 43 seconds off the scoreboard clock.  Failing to convert on the 2 point, would be tying, conversion, Arizona still trailed by 2.

Arizona kicked off conventionally this time and it looked as if California might be able to run down the clock, but their drive stalled with 1:52 remaining in the game after missing a 47 yard field goal attempt.  Arizona moved the ball down to the California 47 yard line but only had enough time from one more play.  On what might just have been the very last play of all College Football games for Week 4, Anu Solomon launched a Hail Mary pass towards the end zone and, the Arizona prayer was answered in the hands of Austin Hill resulting in a 47 yard, game winning, touchdown!! Wow!!

After trailing by as many as 22 points, this remarkable, come-from-behind victory lands Arizona as the recipient of this week’s Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.  Congratulations Wildcats!!  And, thanks for the excitement.  (PS – As a West Coast resident, I was privileged to see this miracle victory occur live on my TV which occurred while most all other college football fans were safely tucked into their bed under their favorite team’s comforter.)

Certificate - Week 4 - Arizona

At the end of each exciting week of college football, all I can say, after catching my breath, is, “I can’t wait until next week.”  Wow!!

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College Football Crisis Management Award – Week 2

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

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

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

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

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

And the winner is … New Mexico State!

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

Congratulations, New Mexico State Aggies!

Certificate - Week 2 - New Mexico State

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College Football Crisis Management Award – Week 1

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

So, without further ado, our Week 1 report.

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

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

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

And the winner is … LSU.

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

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

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

Certificate - Week 1 - LSU

Week 13 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winners

Week 13 in the NFL included a full slate of 16 games with three games on Thursday (Thanksgiving), twelve on Sunday and one Monday night.  Sixteen games gives us more of a chance for come-from-behind victories and, hopefully, a good game to write about.  In Week 13, we actually had four of them!

WEEK 13 RECAP

Of the 16 games played in the NFL Week 13, 10 games were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game.  Of those 10 games 6 were won by teams that found themselves down by 10 or more points at one time during the game.  Of those 6 teams that overcame double-digit deficits, 4 of them were visiting teams.

For the third time this year and the first time since Week 8, there were multiple teams tied for the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.  Four teams overcame a deficit of 14 points in Week 13 to win the award.  If you have 4 winners do you really have a winner?  Well, for this award – yes.  You have four winners.

OAKLAND VS DALLAS

OAK DALIn the traditional Thanksgiving Day football game in Dallas, the 6 – 5 Cowboys were hosting the 4 – 7 Oakland Raiders.  The Cowboys were looking to keep pace with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East while the Raiders were trying to keep their slim AFC playoff hopes alive.  With the smell of turkey looming in the house, I sat down to watch this traditional game thankful for my wide-screen TV (and many other, less materialistic, blessings in my life).

This game got off to a wild start as Dallas fumbled the opening kickoff and the Oakland Raiders’ Greg Jenkins scooped the ball up and ran in for a 23 yard touchdown return.  Near the end of the first quarter, the Raiders returned the favor to Dallas and fumbled the ball on their own 2 yard line.  DeMarco Murray then ran in from 2 yards out to tie the score at 7 – 7.

In the second quarter, Oakland put up two long scoring drives, each ending with a 1 yard Rashad Jennings touchdown run to go up by 14 at 21 – 7.  With under 2:00 to play in the half, the Cowboys put together a successful 2 minute drive and cut the lead in half on a DeMarco Murray 4 yard run up the middle.

The Cowboys tied things up in the third quarter on a 4 yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant and the teams entered the 4th quarter at 21 – 21 with the Cowboys moving the ball deep into Raiders’ territory and my wife yelling at me from the kitchen to come carve the turkey.

Two plays into the 4th quarter, the Cowboys finished off that drive with Murray’s third rushing touchdown on the day, from 7 yards out.  Having scored 21 unanswered points, the Cowboys were now on top by a score of 28 – 21.  Right at the 2 minute warning mark, the Cowboys’ Dan Bailey connected on a 19 yard field goal to put Dallas up by 10.  Sabastian Janikowski kicked a 45 yard field goal to bring the Raiders to within a touchdown with 35 seconds left in the game, but a failed onside kick attempt sealed their fate as the Cowboys won, 31 -24, after trailing by 14 earlier in the contest.

ATLANTA VS BUFFALO

ATL BUFThe Atlanta / Buffalo game featured two teams going nowhere fast in 2013 but playing for pride and roster spots in 2014.

The Bills raced out to a 14 – 0 lead by scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions of the game.  The first touchdown came on an EJ Manual 1 yard quarterback run around right end and the second one was a 4 yard Fred Jackson burst up the middle.  The Falcons cut the lead in half before the end of the 1st quarter on a Steven Jackson 27 yard run through a hole over left guard.

The Bills went back up by 10 in the 2nd quarter on a 29 yard field goal by Dan Carpenter, but the Falcons came back to tie things up at halftime 17 – 17.  The Falcons’ scores came on a 38 yard touchdown run my Antone Smith and a 49 yard Matt Bryant field goal as time ran out.

The Falcons took their first lead of the game in the third quarter on an 11 yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Tony Gonzalez.  But, the Bills tied it back up at 24 – 24 on a 21 yard pass from Manual to Fred Jackson.

The Bills scored first in the 4th quarter on a C.J. Spiller 36 yard touchdown run, but the Falcons knotted it at 31 – 31 on a Steven Jackson 1 yard run to send the game into overtime.

The Bills got the ball first in overtime, but threw an interception on the second play from scrimmage.  Five plays later, Matt Bryant hit the game winning field goal from 36 yards out to give the Falcons the win after trailing 14 – 0 in the first quarter.

DENVER VS KANSAS CITY

DEN KCLast week, Denver was on the wrong side of the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award after blowing a 24 point lead against the pesky New England Patriots.  This week, the Broncos were visiting the Kansas City Chiefs in a battle for 1st place in the AFC West.

Each team’s first possession of the game ended with an interception by the other team.  Kansas City converted their turnover into a touchdown when Alex Smith hit Junior Hemmingway on a 17 yard touchdown pass.

Eric Decker’s 41 yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning, early in the 2nd quarter, tied the score at 7 – 7.  It wouldn’t remain tied for long, however, as the Chief’s Knile Davis returned the pursuing kickoff back 108 yards for a touchdown.  After picking off Peyton Manning for the second time on the day, the Chief’s scored again on a Smith to Anthony Fasano 12 yard touchdown pass to go up by 14.  Of course, Peyton Manning is not one to let two interceptions get in his way and he got one touchdown back before the end of the half on a 3 yard touchdown pass to Knowshon Moreno.  The teams went into half time with the Chiefs on top 21 – 14.

The 3rd quarter belonged to the Broncos.  On the first possession of the half, Manning connected on another long touchdown pass to Eric Decker (this one, 37 yards) to tie the game up at 21.  After forcing the Chiefs to punt, Manning and Decker connected again from 15 yards out to put the Broncos up 28 – 21.

And, on the second play of the 4th quarter, the Manning to Decker combo struck for their 4th touchdown of the day on a 1 yard pass to put the Broncos on top by a score of 35 – 21, completing the Broncos run of 28 unanswered points.

Kansas City got back to within a touchdown on a late 4th quarter touchdown of their own – a Jamaal Charles 1 yard touchdown run – but, their last drive of the game, trying to tie the game up, stalled out on the Denver 13 after a 4th and 4 pass attempt fell incomplete.

One week after blowing a 24 point lead to New England, Denver found themselves winning a game in which they came from 14 points down to secure the victory.

NEW YORK GIANTS VS WASHINGTON

NYG WASThe last game of our four-way tie games for the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award featured the other Manning brother quarterback in another game of two teams simply fighting for some respectability in a frustrating 2013 campaign.  Capping off a long day of NFL Football, the 3 – 8 Washington Redskins were hosting the 4 – 7 New York Giants in a battle to stay out of last place in the NFC East.

The Redskins got the game started with a long, sustained, time consuming drive that resulted in a 1 yard Alfred Morris touchdown run and a 7 – 0 Redskins’ lead.  Early in the 2nd quarter, the Redskins added another touchdown on a Robert Griffin III 19 yard touchdown pass to Logan Paulsen to put Washington up by a score of 14 – 0.

The Giants, however, were able to tie the game at 14 – 14 before the end of the first half.  The first Giants’ touchdown came on Andre Brown 23 yard scamper around right end and the second touchdown was by way of an Eli Manning to Brandon Meyers 22 yard pass.

The only scoring in the 3rd quarter was on a 33 yard field goal by Kai Forbath that gave the Redskins a 17 – 14 lead.  But, the 4th quarter belonged to the Giants.  The Giants scored a go-ahead touchdown early in the 4th quarter on an Andre Brown 1 yard touchdown run and took a 7 point lead on a Josh Brown 39 yard field goal.  The Giants’ defense help the Redskins scoreless throughout the quarter and the Giants were able to avoid dropping into last place in the NFC East and win a share of the Week 14 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award by a score of 24 – 17.

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

New England coming from 24 behind to beat Denver, 34 – 31.

 

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

Indianapolis coming from 14 behind to beat Tennessee, 30 – 27.

 

Week 10 – Winner  (To read the Week 10 article, click here.)

Minnesota coming from 13 behind to beat Washington, 34 – 27.

 

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

Seattle coming from 21 behind to beat Tampa Bay, 27 – 24.

 

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

New England coming from 14 behind to beat Miami, 27 – 17.

Denver coming from 14 behind to beat Washington, 45 – 21.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

WEEK 14 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNDEFEATED FBS TEAMS

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

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

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

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

WINLESS FBS TEAMS

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

WEEK 14 RECAP

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

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

Iowa State Helmet

IOWA STATE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Certificate - Week 14 - Iowa State

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

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

Week 14 – Honorable Mention

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Week 10 – Winner  (To read the Week 10 article, click here.)

Louisiana-Lafayette coming from 21 behind to beat New Mexico State, 49 – 35)

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Week 12 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Some similar challenges just seem more daunting than others due to the circumstances of the incidents.  For example, a power outage caused by a Superstorm Sandy seems more daunting than a power outage caused by overuse during a heat wave.  The same is true in the NFL.  The challenge of overcoming a 24 point deficit by a team being led by your average, everyday quarterback seems a little more doable than the challenge of overcoming a deficit of 24 points to a team with Peyton Manning playing quarterback.  In Week 12 of the NFL, the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award winner had to overcome that most daunting challenge – trailing the Peyton Manning led Denver Broncos by 24 points at half time!  And, they survived the crisis with an overtime victory.  You just never know.

WEEK 12 RECAP

Week 12 in the NFL is the last week of the season with teams sitting on the sidelines with a bye – from here on out we will have a full slate of 16 games each week.  Week 12’s schedule included 14 games, and, for the first time this year, had one game end in a tie.  Of the 13 games in which we had a winner, 9 were won by the visiting team; 6 games were won by teams that never trailed; and, 3 games were won by teams that overcame a deficit of 11 points or more.

The team that won the Week 12 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award did so by overcoming the largest deficit of the year thus far – 24 points!  And, they did so by coming back against one of the best teams in the league.

DENVER VS NEW ENGLAND

DEN NEThe 9 – 1 Denver Broncos rode into Foxboro, MA with an impressive offensive season underway and looking to stay on top of the AFC playoff standings against a 7 – 3 New England Patriot team trying to stay on top of the AFC East.  This promised to be one of the better Week 12 games and was set up for a center-stage, Sunday Night National television broadcast.  But, when the Broncos charged out to a 24 – 0 first half lead, and, with Peyton Manning in charge of a highly efficient offensive machine, it is a good bet that TV channels were being changed.

Ironically enough, it was the Denver defense that started off the scoring with a 50 yard touchdown scamper on a fumble recovery by Von Miller.  The defense then got the ball back on another fumble recovery returned to the New England 10 yard line.  Two plays later, Knowshon Moreno ran the ball in from 2 yards out for a 14 – 0 Denver lead.  Later, still in the first quarter, Matt Prater connected on a 27 yard field goal to put Denver up 17 – 0.

The second quarter scoring was limited to a single touchdown scored by the Broncos on a Peyton Manning 10 yard pass to Jacob Tamme.  Going into halftime, trailing the high powered Denver Broncos 24 – 0, is, in football terms, a true crisis.  Any team that overcomes this deficit deserves recognition.

New England started their comeback journey on the first drive of the 3rd quarter.  A Tom Brady 5 yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman capped off an 8 play, 80 yard drive to put the Patriots on the board.  New England’s defense then got a turnover of their own and set up the offense at the Bronco’s 32 after recovering a fumble.  Six plays and 32 yards later, the Patriots were within 24 – 14 following a Brandon Bolden 1 yard touchdown run.  After stopping the Bronco offense once again, the Patriots put up their third touchdown of the third quarter on a 6 yard pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski.

After intercepting Manning early in the 4th quarter, the Patriots completed their improbable comeback by taking the lead on a Brady to Edelman, 14 yard touchdown pass.  Amazingly enough, the Patriots were now on top, 28 – 24.  But, there was still some football left to be played.

New England went up by 7 on a 31 yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal, but Peyton Manning had one more drive left in him and tied the game up at 31 – 31 on a late, 4th quarter touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas from 11 yards out.  Both teams had chances for a game winning drive but were not able to move the ball into field goal range and regulation play ended knotted up at 31.

Denver took the kickoff to start overtime but stalled out on their own 42.  Failing to score on the first possession of overtime, the game was now in sudden death mode.  New England was unable to move the ball on their first overtime possession and had to punt the ball back to the ever-dangerous Peyton ManningDenver did move the ball from their own 13 across midfield, but could not quit reach field goal range and punted the ball back to New England.  The Patriots had no success moving the ball and, once again, punted back to Denver.  This time, however, the punt was muffed and recovered by New England at the Bronco 13 where Gotkowski lined up for a field goal on 3rd down and won the game to finish the miraculous come-from-behind victory over the Denver Broncos and secure the Week 12 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.

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

Indianapolis coming from 14 behind to beat Tennessee, 30 – 27.

 

Week 10 – Winner  (To read the Week 10 article, click here.)

Minnesota coming from 13 behind to beat Washington, 34 – 27.

 

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

Seattle coming from 21 behind to beat Tampa Bay, 27 – 24.

 

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

New England coming from 14 behind to beat Miami, 27 – 17.

Denver coming from 14 behind to beat Washington, 45 – 21.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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