Up 3-0 early in the second quarter of the BCS National Championship Game, Alabama faced a 4th-and-4 from LSU's 32 yard line. Crimson Tide Head Coach Nick Saban sent out kicker Jeremy Shelley for what was supposedly a field goal attempt to take a 6-0 lead in a game that many figured would be a low-scoring, defensive-minded affair.
Quarterback and placeholder A.J. McCarron took the snap and threw a quick shovel pass to tight end Chris Underwood (#87 above) who was cutting right after lining up on the far left side of the Alabama line. Underwood barreled toward the right side but was tripped up by LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (#49 above) and fell sideways near the 28 yard line.
ESPN didn't have a good camera angle, so it was difficult to tell whether the officiating crew correctly spotted the ball. But, the ruling was in favor of Alabama and the drive survived.
The Crimson Tide avoided wasting an opportunity for three sure points and also turning the ball and the momentum over to the Tigers.
Other teams haven't been as fortunate as the Tide, who eventually beat LSU 21-0 to claim the National Championship. Too often, teams fall face-first when attempting to unleash a bit of trickeration.
Here are the ten biggest trick play fails in high school, college and professional football.