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You need to see this game-winning punt return

Posted on: September 20, 2011 8:57 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Odds are, you've never heard of UVa-Wise or Emory & Henry. That's all right, we're here to get you up to speed. Emory & Henry is a school located in Virginia, playing as the Wasps in the D-III Old Dominion Athletic Conference. UVa-Wise, or the University of Virginia's College at Wise (you can see why they just use UVa-Wise), is a member of the NAIA's Appalachian Athletic Conference and plays as the Highland Cavaliers. The two teams meet annually in what's called the Southwest Virginia Bowl. Good? Good.

Now that that's out of the way, let's set the stage: Emory & Henry leads UVa-Wise 30-27 with scant few seconds remaining in the game, but the Wasps have been forced into a 4th and 18 at their own 22 and must punt on what is likely the last play of the game. YouTube, take it from here:

As SB Nation points out, this play has utterly no business counting on account of the roughing the kicker, but it didn't get called, so here we are celebrating the play and not mourning the penalty.

And that lateral by S/PR Marcus Bratton? Wonderful, outrageous, and miraculous. How wide must WR/DB Josh Wright's eyes have been as the lateral was falling right to him as he was in a dead sprint? That's the type of spontaneous opportunity for single-play greatness that most players spend entire careers chasing. Just beautiful. This is a strong, strong play of the year nominee for all of college football this year.


Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:32 am

You need to see this game-winning punt return

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Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:10 am

You need to see this game-winning punt return

great return but as my drunk buddy called it one time ''that was roughing the pumper''--ha haLaughing

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2011 11:20 am

You need to see this game-winning punt return

Obviously I have no stake in this game but that was definitely at a minimum running into the punter. The entire purpose of the rule is to protect punters from total sellout dives to block the punt. It includes giving him room to land. If you sellout and don't get a piece of the ball, and you contact the punter, it's a penalty. Period.

Great runback though.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 8:21 am

You need to see this game-winning punt return

Where was the roughing the punter on this play?  If anything the punter should have been given a Razzie award for poor acting for falling down on the prone defender laying on the ground.  That wasn't even close to roughing the punter in my opinion, and was a great play on the lateral.  I watched it several times, and it looked like a legit lateral and a touchdown.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 2:19 am

You need to see this game-winning punt return

Take a long knee and a safety with 10 seconds left. Then kick off with a squib. Time ends before a play can be run. Yea, it's roughing the kicker for sure.

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