There is nothing, and I mean nothing, more satisfying than watching a loud and obnoxious fanbase get a collective shiv right in the jewels. Last night, we were treated to the glory of such a spectacle in Pasadena... at least those of us who didn’t change channels with Texas A&M leading 44-10 with less than 20 minutes left in the game.
With 2:06 left in the third, Soso Jamabo rumbled in for a UCLA touchdown to make it 44-17, which, big deal, yeah? But then Josh Rosen and the UCLA defense went to work. A&M went three-and-out. UCLA took two minutes to make it 44-24. The Aggies managed to run 8 plays and eat four minutes, but only gained 22 yards and had to punt. UCLA took one minute to make it 44-31. A&M ate another three and a half minutes, but missed a 43-yard field goal which ultimately would have iced the game. A minute and a half later, it was 44-38. A mere 31 seconds later, A&M had lost three yards on three plays and had to punt again.
UCLA started from their own 34 with 2:32 to play. Rosen went 5-8 over the next eight official plays (UCLA was twice penalized for five yards in the process), and ultimately faced 4th-and-6 at the A&M 20. A 10-yard completion to Jamabo gave the Bruins a first down at the Aggie 10. The clock was stopped with 43 seconds to play.
Let me repeat that:
The clock was stopped.
Rosen faked a spike to throw off the Aggie defense, who somehow failed to realize... the clock had been stopped and UCLA didn’t need to spike the ball with 43 seconds left. A wide-open Jordan Lasley hauled in the tying score; J.J. Molson put the Bruins ahead 45-44. (AP via ESPN) The Aggies couldn’t get 10 yards on four plays afterward, and Rosen knelt the win out.
It was the second-largest known comeback in FBS history behind only Michigan State’s 35-point comeback against Northwestern in 2006. Think about that. You all remember the job KU did on Colorado to get Dan Hawkins fired. This was worse. You remember Glen Mason getting fired after puking away a bowl game against Texas Tech. This was worse.
And now an A&M Regent is publicly calling for Kevin Sumlin to be fired. (Ben Kercheval, CBS)
We have reached peak chaos, and it’s only week one.
As for K-State...
Kellis Robinett: Our man at the Star/Eagle reports on the return tandem of D.J. Reed and Byron Pringle , and in his Monday Rewind also offers some positive thoughts on the receivers, negative ones on the defense, and more return specialist love.
Ken Corbitt: Only one item from the Capital-Journal today, as Ken discusses the excellence of the passing game on Saturday. He also runs down the status of K-State’s NFL contingent, which is down to nine as Dante Barnett, Deante Burton, Randall Evans, and Glenn Gronkowski were all cut. So was Elijah Lee, although the Vikings did reportedly sign him to their practice squad, and Charmeachealle Moore was placed in injured reserve by the Chargers.
DieHards: Lots of content from the newest serious Big 12 site. Friend of Benevolent Despot Shehan Jeyarajah picked Baker Mayfield as his Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, but gave Jesse Ertz an honorable mention. No such mention for the defense, where Jeyarajah tabbed Kansas LB Joe Dineen. And you’ll get mad as hell about his selection for Special Teams Player of the Week, because he doesn’t wear purple. That went to Texas cornerback Holton Hill, although Jeyarajah did mention both Matt McCrane and D.J. Reed. Newcomer of the Week went to Will Grier. Finally, in his Big 12 Wrap, he blasts Texas for destroying the conference’s reputation, noting that the best Big 12 season in the playoff era was 2014, when Texas had no expectations and TCU, Baylor, and K-State all finished in the top 11 of the final playoff rankings.
The Wildcats fell on the road in Waterloo, Iowa, absorbing a 1-0 loss to undefeated Northern Iowa. Miranda Larkin appeared to bat away a corner from Panther Haley Kerns just before halftime, but after consulting with an assistant referee UNI was awarded a goal. It turned out to be the only score of the game. The loss drops K-State back to .500 at 2-2-1. They’ll return home for a Friday meeting with... oh, look, Central Arkansas!
Today’s Sports Extra with Corbin McGuire features Xavier Sneed, reflecting on his summer excursion to Belize with Sports Reach. The team went 5-0 on the trip, and Sneed concentrated on becoming more comfortable playing on the perimeter. And also swam with sharks.