Watch the trick play that sealed the overtime upset by the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers over their in-state SEC rival, the Kentucky Wildcats.
In what was a tumultuous affair, the Hilltoppers decided to go all-or-nothing in overtime and succeeded with a double-pass play that sealed their upset bid in Lexington.
Hilltoppers quarterback Kawaun Jakes tossed a lateral to Antonio Andrews and then leaked to the backside flat, where he found himself wide open with blockers ahead, enabling him to walk right into the end zone and complete the upset.
While the game came down to trickery on a two-point conversion, it was anything but a close contest throughout. If not for the Wildcats' valiant comeback, this one would have been over before the Hilltoppers even had the opportunity to employ some deception in the overtime period.
In fact, until a 15-yard touchdown pass from Maxwell Smith with 3:33 left to play in the third quarter, Western Kentucky held a commanding 24-10 lead.
What is going on in the Southeastern Conference this year? It’s strong at the top, with the likes of Alabama, LSU and Georgia, but at the bottom, teams are being knocked off left and right by lesser competition each week.
Last week, it was the Arkansas Razorbacks who were shocked in overtime by University of Louisiana-Monroe, and now, Kentucky falls to another Sun Belt Conference team.
Slowly dissipating are the days when major-conference programs should consider these opening-week matchups “gimmes."
Mike Hoag is a Trends and Traffic writer for Bleacher Report and also covers the Cleveland Browns and the NFL for the site.