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College Football Crisis Management Award – Week 12

Here we come, down the homestretch in College Football 2014, the inaugural FBS Playoff season, and, instead of becoming solidified, the playoff picture just gets more convoluted.  Florida State remains undefeated but just won their third game after trailing by more than 15 points and has trailed in 7 of their 10 wins.  Does this ability to come-from-behind mean they are a great team or does the fact that they have trailed by more than 2 touchdowns to some rather mediocre teams mean they are not that good?  The SEC West is beating up on each other but should their losses move them down in the standing since they are losing to other really good SEC West teams?  Or, do the nation’s best teams all play in the SEC West and therefore, should be represented in the playoffs?  Ohio State is looking really good coming down the homestretch but they lost in Week 2 to a below average Virginia Tech squad and their overall schedule is comparatively weak when matched against other playoff contenders.  How heavily should that Week 2 loss be weighed?  And what exactly will the selection committee consider: how good a team looks NOW or how good it has looked all season?  And, without a Conference Championship Game, the Big 12 could end up with two, one-loss co-champions.  How will not having to play a conference championship game impact the selection committee’s decision?  Like I said, convoluted.  And, the best news of all, the next few weeks should muddy things up even more!

For the second week in a row, Week 12 consisted of exactly 50 games in which at least one FBS team participated.  Of those 50 games, only 20 (40%) were won by teams that never trailed in the game.  And, of the 30 games that included some sort of comeback, an amazing, year-high, 14 games included comebacks of 10 points or more!  Week 12 also gives us our first two-team Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner; and, not only that, but they win it for the second week in a row!!

 

TEAMS WITH THE MOST DOUBLE-DIGIT COMEBACKS

3: Florida State, Iowa, North Carolina, South Florida, Washington     2: Appalachian State, Arizona, Baylor, Boise State, Bowling Green, California, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, Nevada, North Carolina State, TCU, Toledo, UAB, Washington State

TEAMS WITH THE MOST DOUBLE-DIGIT COLLAPSES

4: Massachusetts, Western Kentucky    3: Ball State, Colorado, Louisiana-Monroe, South Carolina    2: Arizona State, Arkansas, Boston College, BYU, Buffalo, Florida International, Georgia State, Hawaii, Iowa, Iowa State, New Mexico, Pittsburgh, Purdue, San Diego State, Texas State, Texas Tech, Troy, Tulsa

In the Week 12 comebacks from a deficit of 10 points or more:

Late at night, on the west coast, Oregon State shattered Arizona State’s hopes of being a playoff contender by rallying back from a 24 – 14, halftime deficit to pull off the upset, 35 – 27.

South Alabama spotted Texas State a 10 – 0 lead before coming back to win the game by a final score of 24 – 20.

TCU kept their playoff hopes alive after a big scare from a scrappy, Kansas squad.  The Jayhawks led 27 – 17 halfway through the third quarter before the Horned Frogs put up two quick 3rd quarter touchdowns to take the lead.  The game was still in doubt near the end before a late interception sealed the victory for TCU, 34 – 30.  How much should a close game to a 3 – 6 team impact TCU’s standing as the Number 4 team in the playoff picture coming into the week?  We will see on Tuesday.

Virginia Tech handed Duke its second loss of the season 17 – 16 after trailing 10 – 0 in the first quarter.  The Blue Devils were trying to earn some respect as a one-loss team but, instead, falls farther down the rankings.

Arizona completed their 10 point, come-from-behind rally over Washington with a last second, game winning, 47 yard field goal by Casey Skowron.  The Wildcats win 27 – 26 after trailing by 10 early in the 2nd quarter.  A botched extra point by Washington near the end of the 3rd quarter helped account for the one-point, Arizona victory.

The Northwestern Wildcats needed an overtime period to complete their 11 point, come-from-behind victory over Notre Dame by a final score of 43 – 40.  Northwestern trailed by 11 at the end of the first quarter, 20 – 9, and again by 11, 40 – 29, halfway through the 4th.  A touchdown and two-point conversion pulled them within 3 with just over 4 minutes left in the game, and then, Jack Mitchell connected on a 45 yard field goal to tie the game at 40 – 40 with 19 seconds left in the game.  After Notre Dame missed on their 42 yard field goal attempt in the first overtime period, Jack Mitchell was true once again, this time from 41 yards out, to secure the victory.

After going 10 weeks into the season before getting their first lead in any game, SMU was leading South Florida 13 – 0 going into the fourth quarter before losing the game on two South Florida, 4th quarter touchdowns, the second one with just 4 seconds left in the game, to lose 14 – 13.  Just when we thought we wouldn’t have to report on SMU any more in this blog, they end up on the wrong side of a double-digit comeback.

Oklahoma fell two touchdowns down against Texas Tech early in the 3rd quarter before rallying back for a comfortable 42 – 30 victory.  Five 2nd half Sooner touchdowns helped put the game away.

In an historic game, Wisconsin rallied back from an early, 2nd quarter, 17 – 3 deficit to easily defeat Nebraska 59 – 24.  The historic part of this game was Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon rushing for an NCAA best ever 408 yards!  Gordon achieved this record while watching the 4th quarter from the sideline with the victory well in hand.  This game also knocked Nebraska out of the playoff picture in a big way.

Appalachian State rallied back from a two touchdown, 20 – 6, deficit to defeat Arkansas State, 37 – 32.  The Mountaineers scored 31 unanswered points to take a 37 – 20 lead before two late Red Wolves touchdowns (with failed extra points) made the score appear closer.

North Carolina trailed Pittsburgh, 14 – 0 and then 21 – 7, before rallying back and making this a close game.  The Tar Heels finally took the lead early in the 4th quarter, 34 – 28, but Pittsburgh went on top again, 35 – 34 with just 3:33 remaining in the game.  North Carolina had one more drive left in them and scored with 50 seconds remaining in the contest to complete the comeback, 40 – 35.

For the third time this season, undefeated Florida State trailed by double digits and the nation just waited for their fall from the top.  When will the nation ever learn?  FSU trailed the Hurricanes of Miami 16 – 0 and then again 23 – 7 before the Seminole Chop started going to work.  In this game, however, the Seminoles did not wrestle the lead away from their opponent until Dalvin Cook scored on a 26 yard run with just over 3 minutes left in the contest.  When Brad Kaaya was intercepted on a last ditch 4th and 9 attempt, the Seminoles kept their record unblemished and still solidly in the playoff top four.

Florida International found themselves down by 18, 21 – 3, to Middle Tennessee before putting up 4 unanswered touchdowns on their way to a 38 – 28 victory.

But, no team overcame a larger deficit in Week 12 than the team won the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award for the second week in a row!

And, the winner is … Boise State!!

Last week, Boise State’s 14 point, come-from-behind victory over New Mexico was good enough to win the Week 11 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.  In Week 12, they had to do that 6 points better to win the award once again.

In its Week 12 game against San Diego State, the Broncos found themselves down by a whopping 20 points before they ever put one point up on the board.  Finally, with just 3:25 left in the first half, Boise State’s Dan Goodale was good on a 21 yard field goal to make the score 20 – 3.  The Broncos got the ball back with just 1:43 left in the half at their own 22 yard line and managed to march 78 yards for a touchdown to make the score 20 – 10 at the half.

An Aztecs field goal and Broncos touchdown in the 3rd quarter left Boise State trailing by just 23 – 17 going into the 4th quarter with the Broncos sitting at the doorstep to another touchdown.  The Broncos punched the ball into the end-zone on the first play of the 4th quarter to take their first lead of the game, 24 – 23.

A touchdown on their next possession put the Broncos up by 8, 31 – 23.  The Aztecs managed to put up a touchdown of their own, but failed on their two-point conversion attempt to trail, 31 – 29.  The Broncos hung up one more touchdown to put the game away, 38 – 29 and, for the second week in a row, win the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.

Congratulations Boise State on becoming the first two-time winner of the award this year!

Certificate - Week 12 - Boise State

Yes, and down the stretch they come.  I love the chaos that the playoff scenario has created and can’t wait to see what more excitement this horse race has in store for us over the few remaining weeks.  I am sure, someone or someones are going to be disappointed in the end.  I just hope it’s not me!

You can read our Week 1 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 2 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 3 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 4 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 5 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 6 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 7 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 8 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 9 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 10 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 11 report by clicking here.

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.

Old_Dominion

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 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