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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 13 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

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

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

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

UNDEFEATED FBS TEAMS

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

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

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

The list of winless FBS teams now stands as follows:

WINLESS FBS TEAMS

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

WEEK 13 RECAP

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

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

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CONNECTICUT

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

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

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

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

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

Certificate - Week 13 - UConn

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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

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

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

Week 13 – Honorable Mention

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

WEEK 12 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

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

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

So, the list of undefeated remains:

UNDEFEATED FBS TEAMS

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

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

The list of winless FBS teams remains as follows:

WINLESS FBS TEAMS

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

WEEK 12 RECAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Certificate - Week 12 - Baylor

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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

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

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

Week 12 – Honorable Mention

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

WEEK 11 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winners

One week deeper into the 2013 College Football Season and one more name is scratched off the list of undefeated teams.  The excitement started early in Week 11 as Thursday night highlighted two-showcase games including 2 of the 7 undefeated teams taking the field against high ranked opponents.  In the evening’s earlier contest, the undefeated (and, some would say, untested) Baylor Bears rose to the challenge and, rather convincingly, handled #10 ranked Oklahoma, 41 -12, although the Sooners did hold a baseball-score-like 5 – 3 lead early in the game.  In the nightcap, the Stanford Cardinal helped trim the list of remaining undefeated teams by one when they hosted and defeated the Oregon Ducks, in a surprisingly low-score affair, 26 – 20, in which Oregon put up all 20 points in the last quarter before time ran out on their attempted comeback.

On Saturday: Alabama remained undefeated, getting by #13 LSU, 38 – 17, although the Crimson Tide did trail by 4 points early in the 2nd quarter and the game was all square at 17 – 17 late in the 3rd quarter; Florida State stayed among the undefeated by easily defeating Wake Forest 59 – 3 in a game that was never close; and, Fresno State got by an early 0 – 10 scare against Wyoming to eventually win, 48 – 10 and stay undefeated.  Ohio State and Northern Illinois had the week off.

So, the list of undefeated teams is now:

UNDEFEATED FBS TEAMS

  • Alabama (defeated #13 LSU, 38 – 17)
  • Baylor (defeated #10 Oklahoma, 41 – 12)
  • Florida State (defeated Wake Forest, 59 – 3)
  • Fresno State (defeated Wyoming, 48 – 10)
  • Northern Illinois (bye)
  • Ohio State (bye)

Of the un-victorious teams entering Week 11: Miami (OH) took an early week loss on Tuesday night against Buffalo, 45 – 3, in a game that the Bulls lead from start to finish; Connecticut lost to Louisville on Friday night, 31 – 10, in a game the Huskies never saw the lead; Southern Miss took it on the chin against Louisiana Tech, 36 – 13, in a game they trailed throughout; and, Hawaii traveled all the way to Annapolis to get loss number 9, 42 – 28 against the Midshipmen of Navy.  Although the Warriors never led in this game, they were tied at 14 – 14 at halftime.  Georgia State was able to avoid defeat in Week 11 by virtue of having a bye.  So, not only did none of the winless teams manage their first victory, none of these unfortunates even held a lead in any of their games.  The list of winless FBS teams remains as follows:

WINLESS FBS TEAMS

  • Connecticut (lost to Louisville, 31 – 10)
  • Georgia State (bye)
  • Hawaii (lost to Navy, 42 – 28)
  • Miami (OH) (lost to Buffalo, 45 – 3)
  • Southern Mississippi (lost to Louisiana Tech, 36 – 13)

WEEK 11 RECAP

As noted above, the excitement of college football in Week 11 got off to an early start with some Tuesday and Wednesday night MACtion Action and two very high-profile games (and one not so high) on Thursday night.

When it was all said and done, of the 53 games in which FBS teams participated, 30 of them were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game.  Of those 30 games, 8 were won by teams that trailed by more than 7 points before pulling out the victory.

Thirteen of the 22 games won by teams that never trailed were won by the home team.  Six of the 7 teams that came back from deficits of 10 points or more, were the visiting team.

For the second time this year, and the first time since Week 1, we have to recognize two Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award recipients, as two games were won by teams that rallied back from deficits of 14 points.  One of those teams, Old Dominion, is in their first year (a transition year) of playing FBS football.  The second team, amazingly enough, is being recognized as a Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner for the third time this season!  With 126 teams playing FBS level football, we never suspected that one team would appear as a winner 3 times in 11 weeks, but that is exactly what the San Diego State Aztecs have done.  Is it possible they can do it again before the season comes to an end?  We will just have to wait and see.

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OLD DOMINION

Old Dominion LogoThe Old Dominion Monarchs are in their transition year into the FBS, one year prior to joining Conference USA in 2014 as a full conference member.  As a transitioning-in FBS independent, the Monarch’s schedule is a hodge-podge of FBS and FCS schools.  Even so, the Monarchs are having a pretty successful year and entered Week 11’s game against the struggling Idaho Vandals with a 6 – 3 record.  Idaho was hoping to find win number 2 on their season against the first year FBS Monarchs.  The teams would pile up a total of 97 points and, when the final gun sounded, Old Dominion was a co-winner of the Week 11 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.

It’s a long way from Norfolk, VA to Moscow, ID and it has been a long journey that has landed the Old Dominion Monarchs in college football’s FBS division.  The Monarchs are playing one year as an FBS independent before joining Conference USA and have pieced together a schedule consisting of a variety of teams from a slew of different conferences.  On this Saturday, it was another FBS independent, the Idaho Vandals.

The Vandals started off the scoring early on a 73 yard touchdown pass from Taylor Davis to James Baker after just 19 seconds had ticked off the game clock.  And then, just three minutes later, Davis scored on a 17 yard run to put the Vandals up 14 – 0.  But the Monarchs showed they could score quickly as well and they put up a quick 17 1st quarter points on a 23 yard pass from Taylor Heinicke to Marquel Thomas; a 23 yard field goal by Jarod Brown; and, a 53 yard pass from Heinicke to Antonio Vaughan.  And, believe it or not, there was still enough time for Idaho to add one more touchdown, a 12 yard Davis run, before the quarter expired.  With just one quarter in the books, Idaho was leading, 21 – 17.

Then, it took almost a full 10:00 minutes before the Vandals scored in the second quarter.  Idaho went up by 7 on a 41 yard field goal by Austin Rehkow.  The Monarchs got back on the scoreboard with a 2nd quarter, 6 yard touchdown run by Colby Goodwyn to tie the game at 24 – 24, and then took the lead again on a 17 yard touchdown pass from Heinicke to Zach Pascal with 2:39 left in the half – yup, just enough time for the Vandals to score again.  Idaho’s Davis connected on a 66 yard pass to Dezmon Epps to tie the game up at 31 – 31 going into halftime and giving the fans some time to stop their heads from spinning.

Old Dominion started off the scoring in the second half on a Heinicke 1 yard run to break the tie and followed that up with a Goodwyn 1 yard rushing TD to take a 14 point lead.  Idaho put up a 3rd quarter touchdown of their own on a Richard Montgomery 12 yard run to get within a touchdown, but the Vandal’s ran out of gas in the 4th quarter.  Old Dominion put up two more touchdowns in the 4th quarter, one on a 39 yard pass from Heinicke to Thomas and one on a late, 5 yard run by Goodwyn to finish the game with a 59 – 38 victory.

When they were done tabulating the statistics, Old Dominion’s Taylor Heinicke had thrown for a total of 533 yards, with 4 TDs, connecting on 40 of 56 pass attempts.  Although their 14 point deficit was way back, early in the 1st quarter, the effort was good enough for a share of the Week 11 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.

Certificate - Week 11 -Old Dominion

San Diego State

SAN DIEGO STATE

SD StateI guess some teams just have a penchant for winning games in which they trailed.  With 126 FBS schools playing football this year, we did not expect to be getting so familiar with one team in this promotion, but, writing about the San Diego State Aztecs for the third time in 11 weeks, is getting to be like seeing an old friend once again.  We have become very familiar with the Aztec’s roster and have learned never to count them out of any game.

San Diego State’s Week 11 opponent would be the San Jose State Spartans, our Week 6 winner of this award.  In fact, these two teams won the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award three weeks in a row: San Diego State was our Week 5 winner; San Jose State won it in Week 6; and, San Diego State won it again in Week 7.  So, it should have surprised none of us that these two teams would, together, play in a game with a come-from-behind winner.

In this game, the Spartans would take a 10 – 0 lead in the 1st quarter on a 43 yard Austin Lopez field goal and a 13 yard touchdown pass from David Fales to Tim CrawleySan Diego State scored a touchdown early in the 2nd quarter on a 2 yard Adam Muema touchdown run, but, when the extra point attempt was blocked, it left the score at San Jose State 10, San Diego State 6.

A San Jose State 27 yard Lopez field goal and 40 yard touchdown pass from Fales to Chandler Jones put the Spartans up by 14 at, 20 – 6.  The Aztecs scored a touchdown right before halftime on a Quinn Kaehler to Colin Lockett 14 yard pass.  Another blocked extra point attempt left the score, going into halftime, San Jose State 20, San Diego State 12.

The only points put up in the 3rd quarter was the result of a San Jose State 46 yard Lopez field goal and the teams entered the final quarter with the Spartans on top by 11 points, 23 – 12.

San Diego State blocked a Lopez field goal attempt early in the 4th quarter and scored one play later on a 34 yard Donnell Pumphrey touchdown run and a successful 2 point conversion to pull within 3 at 23 – 20.  San Jose State then bumped the lead back up to 10 on a Fales to Crawley 12 yard touchdown pass with just under 10:00 left in the game.

San Diego State scored on a quick 7 play, 74 yard touchdown drive ending on a 1 yard pass from Kaehler to Adam Roberts.  After holding the Spartans to a 3 and out on their next possession, the Aztecs took the lead for the first time in the game on an Adam Muema 12 yard touchdown run.

San Jose State still had time to mount one last drive, but when Fales’ pass was intercepted by JJ Whitaker, the Aztecs’ comeback was complete and San Diego State would become the first three-time winner of the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.  Congratulations, once again, Aztecs – see you again soon, probably.

Certificate - Week 11 - San Diego State

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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

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

Congratulations once again to the Old Dominion Monarchs and the San Diego State Aztecs for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 11 of the 2013 college football season.   Week 12 also has a week-long slate of college games that promise more fun and excitement – we wouldn’t expect anything else.

Week 11 – Honorable Mention

Arizona State coming from 12 behind to beat Utah, 20 – 19.

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

WEEK 10 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

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

So, the list of undefeated teams is now:

UNDEFEATED FBS TEAMS

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

WINLESS FBS TEAMS

WEEK 10 RECAP

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

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

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

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LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Certificate - Week 10 - Louisiana-Lafayette

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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

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

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

Week 10 – Honorable Mention

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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.

Duke Helmet

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 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.

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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

SHC Announces its Crisis Management Football Awards Series

Safe Harbor Consulting, LLC (SHC) is happy to announce the upcoming 1st Annual, Crisis Management Football Awards Series.  Each week SHC will identify the College (FBS teams) and NFL Football team(s) that came back from the largest in-game deficits to win that week’s game.

Visit the SHC blog (http://safeharborconsulting.biz/blog2/) each week to learn about the previous week’s largest comebacks in games played by FBS College Football Teams and NFL Pro Football Teams.

“We will highlight how those teams were able to overcome that week’s largest deficit to win their respective football game”, says SHC’s CEO Joe Flach.  “We are looking forward to discovering how college and pro football teams manage the crisis of falling behind in football games and rallying for a win before time runs out.  This should be a fun and exciting way to enjoy the football season while also highlighting crisis management issues.”

Safe Harbor Consulting is a management consulting firm that specializes in crisis management, business continuity and disaster recovery for large, medium and small corporations.  “We suspect that the ability to come from behind in football games is a direct result of the preparations and practices that the teams go through prior to and throughout the season”, states Flach.  “At Safe Harbor Consulting, we help companies and other organizations prepare and exercise their crisis management programs enabling them to recover from business interruption events and technology disasters – and rally from behind before they experience serious financial and reputational losses.  We had the idea of combining our love and passion for business continuity planning with our love and passion for college and pro football and have instituted this year’s SHC Weekly Crisis Management Football Awards.  We hope that other football fans enjoy this feature in our blog as much as we are sure to.”

For more information about Safe Harbor Consulting and how we can help you plan for and/or exercise your business interruption game plans, please visit our website at www.safeharborconsulting.biz or visit us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-Harbor-Consulting/204353729604053.

And now, are you ready for some football?