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Week 9 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Last week, I wrote about the potential of football teams (and businesses) having to have succession plans for replacing their head coaches due to illness or other reasons.  Lo and behold, just days after posting that blog article, Denver’s Head Coach, John Fox was hospitalized due to a heart condition while playing golf on their off week and Houston’s Head Coach, Gary Kubiak required sideline medical assistance for what is now being called a mild stroke at halftime during the Sunday Night nationally televised game.  Both teams are currently being led by an interim head coach.  Now, I am not saying I prophesied these events, but the timing was rather eerie, don’t you agree?  My wife says I was the cause of their suffering.

Maybe, with such power, I should predict that someone will post a comment on one of my blog articles – now, if that would only come true, I think I would faint!

WEEK 9 RECAP

For the second week in row, a full 6 NFL teams had the week off, enjoying a mid-season bye.  Of the 13 games played this week, 9 of them were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game.  Of the four games in which the winner never trailed, 3 were won by the home team.  Also, of those 4 games, 3 were won by 14 or more points.  The Cleveland Browns were the only team to win by less than one score, without ever trailing in the game.

Of the 9 come-from-behind games, 8 of them were won by 7 points or less.  The Buffalo Bills were the only team to overcome a deficit to win by more than one score.  Five of the come-from-behind victories were achieved by the home team and 4 by the visiting team.

Two teams overcame deficits of 18 points or more to, amazingly, secure their victories – and, both games ended in an identical 27 – 24 score.  The Indianapolis Colts overcame an 18 point deficit to defeat the Houston Texans in the game the included that scary incident with Houston’s Head Coach on the sideline (talked about in the opening paragraph) and the Seattle Seahawks overcame a 21 point deficit to keep the Tampa Bay Buccaneers searching for their first win of the season.  Seattle’s amazing 21 point come-from-behind victory earns them the Week 9 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award and makes them our 3rd two-time recipient of this award.

TAMPA BAY VS SEATTLE

TB SEAIt was Week 9 in the NFL and Tampa Bay was still looking for their first win of the season.  Going 3,000+ miles across the country to play the NFC West leading Seattle Seahawks didn’t seem like a likely scenario to achieve this end.  But, on any given Sunday, right?

Well, the Buccaneers did win something … they won the coin toss and deferred their choice to the second half.  Seattle promptly took the opening kick-off and proceeded to march down field, just as scripted.  But, when the Buccaneers intercepted a Russell Wilson pass at the Tampa Bay 11 yard line, you got the sense that this game might not be that easy for the home-standing Seahawks.

Neither team could get anything else going in the 1st quarter, but the Buccaneers started the 2nd quarter in the middle of an impressive drive, which they concluded with a 12 yard touchdown pass from Mike Glennon to Tim Wright.

Tampa Bay then showed that they were willing to do anything to secure their first victory and recovered an on-sides kickoff attempt.  Luckily for the Seahawks, there was a yellow flag on the field indicating Tampa Bay was off-sides and the Buccaneers had to re-kick, which they did the conventional way.

After Tampa Bay prevented the Seahawks from moving the ball, the Buccaneers went on another touchdown drive, culminating with a 20 yard Glennon pass to Tiquan Underwood, giving Tampa Bay a 14 – 0 lead.  This time, the following kickoff was fumbled by Jermaine Kearse and recovered by Tampa Bay’s Michael Koenen at the Seattle 31.  Glennon connected with Wright on a 27 yard pass and the ball was moved 2 yards closer to the goal line on an unnecessary roughness penalty by the Seahawks.  Once again, the Buccaneers showed that they were willing to pull out all stops and ran a rather unusual half-back dive, jump pass for a 2 yard touchdown from Mike James to Tim Crabtree and the usually loud Seattle crowd was stunned to see the scoreboard showing Tampa Bay 21, Seattle 0.  On any given Sunday, right?

Now, I realize this is not the College Football blog, but, to quote Lee Corso, “Not so fast”.

Seattle was happy to settle for a touchback on this kickoff and with just 2:16 left in the half, aided by a long pass interference penalty, the Seahawks moved the ball 80 yards on 4 plays ending in a Wilson to Kearse 16 yard touchdown pass to make the score somewhat respectable at half – Tampa Bay 21, Seattle 7.

Tampa Bay drove the ball down field on their first, second half possession, close enough for a Rian Lindell 33 yard field goal to extend their lead to 24 – 7.  But, Seattle answered with their second long drive of the day and a Wilson touchdown end-around run to bring the Seahawks to within 10 points.

Now, the Seattle crowd was finding its voice again.

After stymying the Tampa Bay offense, Golden Tate returned a Buccaneer punt for 71 yards to the Tampa Bay 25 yard line.  And, two plays into the 4th quarter, Steve Haushcka kicked a 36 yard field goal to put Seattle within a touchdown of the struggling Buccaneers at 24 – 17.

On Seattle’s next possession, it looked like they were going to tie things up, but when Tampa Bay’s Keith Tandy intercepted Wilson’s pass attempt from just 3 yards out, you thought maybe, just maybe, this might be Tampa Bay’s any given Sunday.  But, Seattle had time for one more drive.

Seattle took possession of the ball again with just over 6:00 left in the game and drove down field for the game-tying touchdown on a Wilson to Doug Baldwin 10 yard pass.  When Tampa Bay failed to score on their last possession, the now louder than ever Seattle crowd was ready for overtime.

Tampa Bay won again … the coin toss, that is … and started the overtime period on offense.  But after a quick 3 and out, including a 3rd down sack back at the Tampa Bay 16 yard line, Seattle’s offense was in possession of the ball at their own 40.  After moving the ball down field to the Tampa Bay 9, Seattle lined up for the game winning field goal on 2nd down.  The Hauschka kick was true and the Buccaneers would have to wait for some other any given Sunday to get their first win in 2013.

With the amazing 21 point come-from-behind victory, the Seattle Seahawks win their 2nd Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.  Congratulations.

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

WEEK 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.

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SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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

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

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 8 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winners

Football teams know all about the importance of having backups in place, ready to perform at a moment’s notice.  You never know when your star quarterback or starting safety might go down with an injury and you have to have a trained and ready backup in place to fill in the vacated spot – many times during the game itself.  Not all businesses seem to understand this concept.  There are many situations where a business or organization has a single subject matter expert – be it in finance, technology, operations or otherwise – that cannot be readily replaced if and when something happens to that individual.  Football teams also sometimes have to have succession plans for the head coach.  Last year, the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts had to rely on an interim head coach when Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia and had to take a leave of absence.  Your business should ensure that it has trained backups for every position in your organization and a published and known succession plan in place … just in case.  Football teams have known this for a long time.  Businesses should follow their lead.

WEEK 8 RECAP

Week 8 in the NFL had only 13 games on the schedule with a full six teams having a BYE week.  Of those 13 games, 6 of them were won by teams that trailed at one point in the game.  Three of those six teams rallied back from deficits of 10 or more points to eventually pull out the victory.  Five of the six teams that came from behind to win, had a home team crowd cheering them on.

Week 8 was our second week of the season with a tie for the team with the largest come-from-behind victory, but, unlike Week 2 when 3 teams tied with a somewhat unimpressive 8 point comeback, our two Week 8 teams both rallied back from a 2 touchdown, 14 point deficit to win their respective games.

MIAMI VS NEW ENGLAND

MIA NELast week, the New England Patriots were on the wrong side of this award after giving up an 11 point lead to the New York Jets and eventually losing in overtime, 30 – 27.  This week they were back home and hosting the Miami Dolphins, another AFC East division rival.

The Patriots had a tough time getting the offense started in this game as Tom Brady threw an interception on New England’s second offensive play of the game and ran only 8 other plays from scrimmage the rest of the 1st quarter.  Meanwhile, the Dolphins followed up the interception with a touchdown drive ending on a Ryan Tannehill to Brandon Gibson 4 yard touchdown pass and scored on their first possession of the 2nd quarter on a 5 yard pass from Tannehill to Daniel Thomas for an early 14 – 0 lead.

The two teams then exchanged field goals before the half ended and went into halftime with Miami holding a 17 – 3 lead.

The Patriot’s start in the 3rd quarter looked no better as they had a quick 3 and out and had to punt the ball to MiamiMiami drove down to the New England 28 yard line, looking to pad their lead, but Caleb Sturgis’ 46 yard field goal attempt ricocheted off of the right upright to the wrong side of the field goal.

New England then started to come to life.  A quick, 5 play, 64 yard New England drive ended in a 14 yard touchdown pass from Brady to Aaron Dobson.  Not only did this touchdown pass bring New England to within 7 of the Dolphins, it also moved Brady ahead of Fran Tarkenton on the all-time, career touchdown passes list with number 343.

Just two plays later, Tannehill was sacked and fumbled at the Miami 13 yard line where New England’s Rob Ninkovich recovered the ball.  This turnover stretched New England’s longest active streak of consecutive games causing a turnover to 35 games and set up the Patriots for a game tying touchdown, which came just three plays later on a Brandon Bolden 2 yard run around left end.

The Patriots then completed the comeback by taking the lead near the end of the 3rd quarter on a 48 yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal and entered the 4th quarter leading 20 – 17.

In the 4th quarter, the Patriots intercepted Tannehill twice and blocked one field goal attempt while also adding a Stevan Ridley 3 yard touchdown run to extend their lead and end the game at 27 – 17.  Last week, the Patriots were the team that gave up the largest lead of the week in losing to the Jets; this week they come from 14 points back to beat the Dolphins and earn a share of the Week 8 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.

WASHINGTON VS DENVER

WAS DENThe Denver Broncos are the one team in the league that you know, while watching the game, no lead is a safe lead against them.  Three weeks ago the Broncos rallied back from 14 points down to defeat the Dallas Cowboys, 51 – 48.  In Week 8, the Broncos would do it again, this time against the Washington Redskins.  Cowboys or Indians, it makes no difference, with Peyton Manning at the helm, the Broncos always have the capability to come from behind.

Unexpectedly, this game did get off to a rather slow start – surprising, given the Broncos’ offensive productivity so far this season.  The Redskins’ defense held the Broncos to a single touchdown in the first half – a 6 yard pass from Manning to Wes Welker.  But, the Redskins’ offense could only manage one touchdown of their own – a Robert Griffin 7 yard pass to Leonard Hankerson in the 2nd quarter.  So a surprisingly, ho-hum, first half ended locked up at 7 – 7.

When Manning started off the 3rd quarter with a fumble at his own 19 yard line, recovered by the Redskins’ Brian Orakpo, Washington was in business.  Three straight hand offs to Alfred Morris resulted in a Redskins’ touchdown and a Washington 14 – 7 lead.  On the very next play from scrimmage, Manning was intercepted by DeAngelo Hall who returned the ball 26 yards for a touchdown.  Not yet 5 minutes into the 2nd half and the ho-hum first half was quickly replaced by a helter-skelter second half, giving Washington a 14 point lead – “giving”, being the operative word.

But, this is the Broncos we are talking about.  And, this is Peyton ManningRedskins, beware.

The comeback, which you knew was going to occur, started on Denver’s next possession, an 11 play, 75 yard drive capped off by a Montee Ball 4 yard touchdown run over left tackle.  The next Denver possession, was even better – a 6 play, 83 yard drive, ending on the first play of the 4th quarter with a 1 yard touchdown pass from Manning to Joel Dressen that tied the game up at 21 – 21.  And, the Broncos were just getting started.

Denver started their next possession in great field position following an awful Washington punt.  This time, the Broncos needed only a play – a Manning to Knowshon Moreno short pass over the middle that resulted in a 35 yard touchdown.  Broncos 28, Redskins 21.

Denver then tacked on a 19 yard Matt Prater field goal following a Griffin fumble and Bronco recovery on the Redskins’ 24.  Manning drove the ball down to the 1 yard line before giving way to the field goal unit.  Broncos 31, Redskins 21.

Add two more Bronco touchdowns, a Manning to Thomas 35 yard touchdown pass and a Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 75 yard interception return for a touchdown, and the final score, Denver 45, Washington 21, gives no indication that the Broncos were ever behind, let alone behind by 14 points – enough to earn a share of the Week 8 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

To learn more about how Safe Harbor Consulting can help you prepare for your greatest comeback, please visit our website at www.safeharborconsulting.biz; visit us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-Harbor-Consulting/204353729604053; or, call us at (253) 509-0233.

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

WEEK 9 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

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

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

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

WEEK 9 RECAP

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

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

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

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

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

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SMU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Certificate - Week 9 - SMU

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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

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

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

Week 9 – Honorable Mention

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

WEEK 8 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

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

WEEK 8 RECAP

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

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

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

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

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

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DUKE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Certificate - Week 8 - Duke

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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

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

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

Week 8 – Honorable Mention

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Troy coming from 14 behind to beat UAB 34 – 31

WEEK 6 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Just one week after listing the 5 teams that had yet to trail in a College FBS Football Game this season, that list is trimmed down to just one.  Maybe our blog has a Sports Illustrated Cover-like jinx associated with it.  I wonder if a blog has to actually be read by anyone to propagate the jinx-juice to the involved teams.  Anyway – the last team standing and only team left that has yet to trail in a football game this season is the Louisville Cardinals.  As of yet, the Cardinals haven’t really been tested, one of the reasons they don’t rank higher in the polls.  That should change this week when they host 4 – 1 Rutgers on Thursday night.  Let’s see if they can stay another week as the lone survivor on the Not Yet Trailing list.

When we first established the parameters for our Football Crisis Management Award program we understood the real potential of having a week or weeks where there were no big come-from-behind victories.  Week 1 scared us even more when two teams tied for the award with a rather modest 14 point come-from-behind win.  We were then worried that we might have to write about multiple winners each week.  Week 2 then brought us a single award winner rallying back from a 3 score, 17 point deficit and we grew less worried.  Week 3 presented us with a rather impressive 21 point comeback and Week 4 only missed that mark by 1 point with a 20 point deficit overcome by the victors.  Week 5 saw the deficit drop down to 16 points, but that is still 2 touchdowns with 2 2-point conversions and, we had just a single winner.  Then came Week 6 and our fears were almost realized.  Going into the last game of the week, way out in the Hawaiian Islands, way after most of the football viewing nation was tucked into bed either rejoicing in victory or agonizing in defeat, we had a 5 way tie for the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award with a very pedestrian 10 point deficit overcome by the winning teams.  Thankfully, for us, Hawaii jumped out to an eleven point lead before falling to San Jose State.  Still a rather ridiculously low deficit to overcome, but at least we had only one game to write about.

WEEK 6 RECAP

As noted above, our greatest fears were almost realized in Week 6 with no real impressive come backs and 5 teams tied for overcoming a deficit of only 10 points with only one game left to be played out in Hawaii (see the Week 6 Honorable Mentions at the end of this blog).  Although a full 55% (31 out of 56) of the games were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game, only 6 of those games included deficits of more than 7 points – 5 games at 10 points and 1 game at 11 points.  Of the 25 games in which the winning team never trailed, 18 of them were won by the Home team.

Week 6 did include two “almost” games in which a team overcame an amazing 21 point deficit in the 4th quarter to tie the game, only to eventually lose it in overtime.  Those teams were: SMU (our Week 2 winner), which lost to Rutgers; and, Nevada, losers to San Diego State (our Week 5 winner) in overtime.

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SAN JOSE STATE
SJS LogoIn Week 5, Hawaii was one of those “almost” teams when they fell just short of an amazing 39 point come-from-behind victory against a ranked Fresno State.  Trailing 42 – 3 in the 3rd Quarter, the Warriors came all the way back to make the score 42 – 37 and had possession of the ball with 2:05 left in the game before their comeback fell short on an intercepted pass as time ran out.  This week, the still winless Warriors were playing host to Mountain West Conference rival San Jose State visiting the island at 1 – 3.

Meanwhile, back on the mainland, after having already completed my analysis of all the other college football games this week, without a rooting interest in either team, I was pulling hard for one or the other to get out to a larger than 10 point lead and then lose the game.  (This darn promotion has totally changed the way I watch college football games.)  Luckily for me, the teams cooperated.

The Spartans started off the scoring with a 44 yard field goal by Austin Lopez on their first possession, but the Warriors followed that up with two touchdowns; one on a Chris Grant 9 yard run and one a Sean Schroeder to Vasquez Haynes 8 yard pass.  With 3:18 still left in the 1st quarter, Hawaii had an 11 point lead at 14 – 3 and, yours truly suddenly became a San Jose State fan.

And, the San Jose State comeback would start on the next series, a scoring drive that took all of 1:40 ending with a 61 yard touchdown pass from David Fales to Chandler Jones.  The Spartans then proceeded to put up 17 unanswered points in the 2nd quarter to enter halftime with a 27 – 14 lead.  Now, I could go to sleep with the assurance that I had a single game to write about.  San Jose State had already come back from 11 points down and, if the Warriors rallied back for a win, they would have come back from a 13 point deficit – a good thing, either way.

Midway through the 3rd quarter, the Spartans added to their lead with a 27 yard touchdown pass from David Fales to Tyler Winston and San Jose State was on top, 34 – 14.  The Warriors answered this score with 3rd Quarter touchdown pass of their own from 28 yards out when Sean Schroeder connected with Billy Ray Stutzman, and the two teams entered the 4th Quarter with the Spartans holding a 34 – 21 lead.

The 4th Quarter started with a 37 yard Spartan field goal by Austin Lopez to make it 37 – 21.  Half way through the final quarter, the Warriors hit on a 50 yard touchdown pass from Schroeder to Grant, but failed on their 2 point conversion attempt and were held scoreless for the remainder of the game.  When the final gun sounded, the Warriors were still looking for their first win; the Spartans improved their record to 2 – 3; and, Safe Harbor Consulting had a single winner for the Week 6 College Football Crisis Management Award.

Certificate - Week 6 - San Jose State

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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

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

Congratulations to the San Jose State Spartans for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 6 of the 2013 college football season.   Week 6 had plenty of exciting football games with interesting and impactful outcomes – it was just lacking in the big come-from-behind victories department.  I hope Week 7 produces a potential award winning game early in the schedule so I don’t have to sweat it out in the end – fingers crossed.

Week 6 – Honorable Mention

Ohio State coming from 10 behind to beat Northwestern.

Texas Tech coming from 10 behind to beat Kansas.

Ball State coming from 10 behind to beat Virginia.

Miami (FL) coming from 10 behind to beat Georgia Tech.

Old Dominion coming from 10 behind to beat Liberty.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Troy coming from 14 behind to beat UAB 34 – 31

Week 4 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award

Complacency is often the enemy of improving and expanding corporate crisis management programs.  It is not unusual to encounter management teams that say they do not need to review, exercise or practice their emergency response and business continuity programs because they did just fine during a recent business interruption event.  But, just like football teams cannot rest on their laurels; and, just like every new game presents new challenges and differing game situations, every business interruption event is different.  No matter how many victories you have encountered in your season, you still need to practice and you still need to prepare for your next opponent.  Same is true in crisis management planning.

This week is the first time we encounter an NFL team that was on the winning side of the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award appear on the wrong side of that honor.  The Houston Texans won our award outright in Week 1 and shared the title with two other teams in Week 2.  This week, they appeared to have a relatively easy victory under their belt, when the tide turned against them.  We are not saying that the Texans grew complacent – we are just suggesting, you never know.  Past success is not necessarily a prediction of future success.  Practice, practice, practice – and plan for the next crisis – not the one you recently experienced.

WEEK 4 RECAP

Week 4 in the NFL brought the first BYEs on the NFL schedule with Green Bay and Carolina getting an early break in their season.  Of the 15 games played this week, 9 games were won by teams that faced a deficit of some kind at one point or another in their game; 4 teams overcame double-digit deficits to ultimately win their contest.  Every one of the 6 games in which the winning team never trailed was won by the home team.

After winning a Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award 2 out of the first 3 weeks of the season, the Houston Texans found out what it feels like to be the team that gives up a relatively large lead in a losing effort.  Before the season comes to a close, we suspect there will be a few teams that end up on each side of our award one week or another.  And, for the second week in a row, it was a defensive score late in the game that helped the winning team secure our award.

SEATTLE VS HOUSTON

SEA HOUThe Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans were touted as two of the better teams in the NFL coming into this season.  The Seahawks had, so far, lived up to their pre-season hype coming into Houston at 3 – 0, while the Texans had fought and clawed their way to a 2 – 1 record.  The two wins were both the result of come-from-behind victories which earned them a Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award, and the loss was an embarrassing defeat to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3.  On paper, this was one of the more intriguing matchups of Week 4; on the field, it was one of the most exciting contests, although it looked like an easy victory early for the Texans.

The Seahawks looked like they were going to start this game the same way they had started their season; confident and in control.  After a Steven Hauschka 48 yard field goal on their first possession, Seattle had an early 3 – 0 lead which they would hold onto throughout the remainder of the 1st quarter.  Then, the 2nd quarter started and the Texans started to steamroll.

The Texan onslaught began on the very first play of the 2nd quarter; a Matt Schaub to Garrett Graham 31 yard touchdown pass, down the middle of the field.  Extra point, good – Houston 7, Seattle 3.  On Houston’s next possession, the touchdown pass was a 5 yarder from Schaub to Arian Foster out of the backfield.  Extra point, good – Houston 14, Seattle 3.  Houston’s next possession, which they started one play later after recovering a Marshawn Lynch fumble at the Seattle 19, resulted in a 22 yard Randy Bullock field goal – Houston 17 – Seattle 3.  And, on their next possession, another Bullock field goal, this one from 42 yards – Houston 20 – Seattle 3.  Luckily for Seattle, the gun fired ending the first half and killing the Houston momentum.

The Seattle comeback didn’t get started until late in the 3rd quarter when they pounced on a Houston fumble at the Texan’s 21 yard line.  Although the Seahawks failed to advance the ball and had to settle for a 39 yard Steven Hauschka field goal, the tide was turning and the comeback journey underway.

Seattle started the 4th quarter with the ball on their own 1 yard line.  Fourteen plays later, Marshawn Lynch ran the ball across the Texan’s goal line from 3 yards out and the Seahawks were back to within a touchdown of tying up the game.

It looked like the Seattle comeback might come up short when Russell Wilson’s pass was intercepted at the Houston 43 yard line with just over 5 minutes left in the game, but, for the second week in a row, a defensive score would help the comeback for our award winning team.  On this occasion it was a Richard Sherman interception and 58 yard touchdown return that knotted up the game at 20 – 20 late in the 4th quarter.

Seattle had battled back from a 17 point deficit and was sending the game into overtime.

Houston got the ball first in overtime, but failed to score.  Seattle did nothing with their first overtime possession and punted the ball back to the Texans.  With the defenses buckling down, Houston had to punt the ball back to Seattle with over half of the OT period in the books.

On Seattle’s second possession of OT, aided by a Houston unnecessary roughness penalty, the Seahawks moved the ball close enough for a Steven Hauschka 45 yard field goal attempt.  The ball is up … and good!  The Seahawks put the cap on their comeback; stay undefeated at 4 – 0; and, won the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award for Week 4.  Oh, how exciting!

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

To learn more about how Safe Harbor Consulting can help you prepare for your greatest comeback, please visit our website at www.safeharborconsulting.biz; visit us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-Harbor-Consulting/204353729604053; or, call us at (253) 509-0233.

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

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

 

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

Buffalo coming from 8 behind to beat Carolina 24 – 23

Houston coming from 8 behind to beat Tennessee 30 – 24

Arizona coming from 8 behind to beat Detroit 25 -21

 

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

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

WEEK 5 – College Football Crisis Management Award

With Week 4 happily in our rear view mirror, we anxiously anticipated many of the intriguing match-ups on the Week 5 slate.  Most of the early season cupcake games are over with now (although a few of those supposed cupcakes did some damage) and conference play is starting to dominate the schedule.  Although there were some interesting match-ups and games to separate the real contenders for conference championships from the early season pretenders, there was not a whole lot of excitement on the field of play and few games with amazing comebacks.

Just like the football adage, “The best offense is a good defense”, in the field of crisis management, sometimes the best emergency preparedness program is in what you do to prevent a crisis.  There are numerous disaster prevention techniques ranging from backing up data to building redundant technology and operations infrastructure that make for a good defense.  While awarding the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award each week, we have also been tracking those teams that have, thus far, prevented a crisis and have not yet faced a deficit.  Five weeks into the college football campaign for 2013 and out of the 123 FBS schools, there are still 5 teams that have yet to trail at any point in any of their games.  Those five teams are: the Louisville Cardinals; Miami Hurricanes; Ohio State Buckeyes; Texas Tech Red Raiders; and, Washington Huskies.

WEEK 5 RECAP

With most of the FCS, pre-season-type games over with, and with quite a few byes on the schedule for Week 5, there were only 49 football games with FBS schools scheduled for this week.  Of those 49 games, 21 were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game.  And, of those 21 games, only 7 teams came back after trailing by more than 8 points (one score).  Of the 28 teams that won without ever trailing in the game, a relatively large number – 13 – were the visiting team.

The UNLV Rebels came back from a 14 point deficit in their victory over New Mexico to almost become our first repeat winner of the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award, but they came up two points shy of our Week 5 winner, the San Diego State Aztecs, who defeated New Mexico State (not a good week for New Mexico football teams).

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SAN DIEGO STATE

SD StateThe San Diego State Aztecs rolled into Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces, NM still looking for their first win of the 2013 college football season at 0 – 3.  Their hosts, the New Mexico State Aggies had fared no better thus far this year losing their first 4 contests of the season.  But, that is one of the things we love about the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award; every team, every week, no matter their record, no matter what conference they play in, no matter their ranking or their history, has the opportunity to win this award.  Of course, that means you must first suffer the angst of falling behind by a relatively large margin before rallying your way back to victory – but, any team can do it – and, this week, the award would come from a game in which neither team had yet to secure a victory.

The Aggies would be the first team on the scoreboard scoring on their first possession of the game.  With an impressive 10 play, 68 yard drive, the Aggies would go ahead 7 – 0 on a 6 yard TD pass from Andrew McDonald to Joshua Bowen.

The Aggies would tally 3 more points on their second possession of the game after a 9 play, 69 yard drive ended with a 28 yard field goal by Maxwell Johnson.

Although New Mexico State did not score on their third possession of the game, they would get the ball back one play after punting when Darien Johnson recovered an Aztec fumble at the San Diego State 30 yard line.  Two plays later, Andrew McDonald tossed a 15 yard touchdown pass to Andrew Dean to add to their lead.  The funny thing about the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winning games is – you never know when the tide will change or what play will signify the shift in momentum.  In this instance, that shift started with the rare blocked extra point attempt returned for a 2 point safety when David Lamar scooped up the blocked kick and ran the length of the football field for the safety.

The Aggies’ 16 point lead – the lead that qualified San Diego State for this week’s award – was actually cut to 14 points without any time coming off of the scoreboard clock.  A true rarity.

San Diego State scored the 2 points on New Mexico State’s extra point attempt and got possession of the ball on the kick-off.  San Diego State converted the pursuing drive into a 25 yard Wes Feer field goal to make the score 16 – 5.

On San Diego State’s next possession, they also marched the ball down field but were held one yard shy of a score on a 4th and goal from the 3.  After getting the ball back again with 13 seconds left in the half, San Diego State moved close enough to attempt a 40 yard field goal which was blocked by the Aggies who went into half time holding that 16 – 5 lead.

On San Diego State’s first possession of the 2nd half, after stymying the Aggies on a 4th down attempt at the Aztec 31, they went on an impressive 14 play, 69 yard drive culminating in a Donnel Pumphrey 12 yard touchdown run.  The Aztecs then failed in their two point attempt and trailed 16 – 11.

 San Diego State would then take the lead on the first play of the 4th quarter.  Donnel Pumphrey scored his second touchdown of the day from 2 yards out capping off an 8 play, 60 yard drive by the Aztecs.  The successful two-point conversion put the Aztecs up by a field goal at 19 – 16.

When, later in the 4th quarter, Donnel Pumphrey reached the end zone for the third time on the day, on a 43 yard scamper, the Aztecs would secure their first victory of the year and win the Week 5 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.

Certificate - Week 5 - San Diego State

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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

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

Congratulations to the San Diego State Aztecs for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 5 of the 2013 college football season.   Now that we are getting into the meat of the College Football schedule and conference play is under way, we can hardly wait to see what is in store for Week 6.

Week 5 – Honorable Mention

Florida State coming from 14 behind to beat Boston College 48 – 34

UNLV coming from 14 behind to beat New Mexico 56 – 42

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Troy coming from 14 behind to beat UAB
34 – 31

Week 3 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner

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

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

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

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

WEEK 3 RECAP

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

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

GREEN BAY VS CINCINNATI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

To learn more about how Safe Harbor Consulting can help you prepare for your greatest comeback, please visit our website at www.safeharborconsulting.biz; visit us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-Harbor-Consulting/204353729604053; or, call us at (253) 509-0233.

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

Buffalo coming from 8 behind to beat Carolina 24 – 23

Houston coming from 8 behind to beat Tennessee 30 – 24

Arizona coming from 8 behind to beat Detroit 25 -21

 

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

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

WEEK 4 – College Football Crisis Management Award

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

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

WEEK 4 RECAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NORTHERN ILLINOIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Certificate - Week 4 - Northern Illinois

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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

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

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

Week 4 – Honorable Mention

Rutgers coming from 17 behind to beat Arkansas 28 – 24

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Troy coming from 14 behind to beat UAB 34 – 31