Saturday’s early slate was basically each film the place a fearless hero has to defuse a bomb, shuts his eyes and clips the blue wire, not completely positive if it is the correct one.
It was each airline catastrophe movie the place a passenger is named to fill in for the unconscious pilot and land the aircraft.
It was Nic Cage, shirt unbuttoned and fluttering within the wind, screaming incoherently as explosions wreak havoc round him.
Saturday walked the school soccer season proper to the sting of the cliff and jumped — solely to seize a department on the way in which down and climb again to security.
In Waco, Texas, TCU’s miracle season went from absurd to elegant because the Horned Frogs botched a two-point conversion, almost ran out the clock with a curious run name, then completely executed a particular groups scramble drill for a game-winning discipline objective.
On the Large Home, Illinois had Michigan on the ropes, however the Wolverines inched their approach down the sector on a remaining drive, watched J.J. McCarthy throw two passes that might’ve led to catastrophe, then booted a discipline objective to win.
The Nos. 3 and 4 groups within the nation stay undefeated. Barely.
Baylor led the Horned Frogs 28-20 with lower than 7 minutes to play, however because it has seemingly carried out each week, TCU had a solution. Max Duggan drove the offense 90 yards on 11 performs for the rating, then had Emari Demercado extensive open for a game-tying two-point attempt, however led his working again only a contact too far.
Baylor had an opportunity to expire the clock, however Blake Shapen determined to run on third down regardless of a large open receiver past the sticks, giving the ball again to TCU one final time. The Horned Frogs managed 9 performs and 45 yards within the remaining 1:34, however as a result of Sonny Dykes is the kind of one who likes to hit on 18 simply to see what is going to occur, the ultimate scrimmage play of the sport was a run. Demercado went up the center for two yards with the clock ticking down. The sphere-goal unit sprinted onto the sector and snapped the ball simply earlier than the clock hit zeroes, and Griffin Kell drilled the 40-yarder for the win.
After the sport, Dykes mentioned there was by no means a doubt. The hearth drill is one thing his staff practices routinely. Whether or not Dykes is conscious that practising fireplace drills would not require you to gentle your home on fireplace to make them worthwhile is irrelevant. The gamble labored.
TCU scrambles to kick a game-winning discipline objective within the remaining seconds towards Baylor.
At Michigan, the Wolverines have been with out receiver Donovan Edwards and Heisman Tropy candidate Blake Corum went down early within the second half with a knee damage, all of which made discovering the tip zone one thing akin to a The place’s Waldo puzzle for Jim Harbaugh’s offense. (Like Dykes’ special-teams scramble, we additionally assume Harbaugh practices The place’s Waldo puzzled day by day.) Michigan had six second-half possessions. One resulted in a punt, one a 10-play drive thwarted by a failed fourth-down attempt on the Illinois 37 and 4 others with a discipline objective.
Fortunate for Michigan, it has arguably the perfect kicker within the nation.
Trailing by a landing initially of the fourth quarter, Michigan bought discipline objectives of 41, 33 and a 35-yard recreation winner from Jake Moody. The ultimate collection concerned two harmful throws from McCarthy — one into the tip zone that simply missed the outstretched arms of Illinois DB Devon Witherspoon and the opposite batted into the air on the line of scrimmage, and Michigan survived.
That whooshing sound you would possibly’ve heard after these last-second discipline objectives? That was the playoff committee respiratory an unlimited sigh of reduction. Oh, how shut we got here to chaos however Dykes reduce the correct wire, and Harbaugh landed the aircraft.
There have been so some ways this might’ve gone improper. In all probability ought to have gone improper. And but, right here we’re, the playoff image tattered and worn, however nonetheless in a single piece.
No New Yr’s Six for UCF
UCF’s hopes for an American Convention championship are nonetheless alive, however one week after taking command within the quest for the Group of 5’s New Yr’s Six bid with a win over Tulane, the Knights ran right into a Navy protection that performed its greatest recreation of the season.
UCF was with out beginning QB John Rhys Plumlee within the second half, turned the ball over twice and was simply 3-of-12 on third-down tries, and its protection could not get off the sector as Navy chewed up the ultimate 5:54 of the sport on an 11 play drive to safe the 17-14 win.
The Knights’ loss additional scrambles each the AAC championship recreation image and the New Yr’s Six bid. Tulane and Cincinnati have been each ranked within the committee’s most up-to-date prime 25, however they’re going to face off towards one another in Week 13. UCF wraps its season towards hapless USF, and would nonetheless make the convention title recreation with a win. Whether or not a three-loss UCF might make a New Yr’s Six bowl even with a convention title, nonetheless, is an enormous query, leaving the door open maybe for Coastal Carolina or UTSA to make a late push, too.
Below-the-radar play of the day
Once we debate who made the yr’s greatest catch in school soccer, make sure you embody this one from Duke’s Jordan Moore.
On a second-and-6, QB Riley Leonard threw a back-shoulder go towards the sideline. Moore was properly lined, and the ball was thrown excessive. Meh. No drawback.
Pitt’s Jordan Moore makes an astounding one-handed catch.
Moore completed the sport with 14 grabs for 199 yards and a landing, however the Blue Devils got here up simply brief in a 28-26 loss to Pitt.