Inspired perhaps by William Shakespeare’s famous line, “What’s in a name?” Keith Jackson is rumored to have once quipped, “What’s in a final score?”
Indeed, the simplicity of the final tally of a game often hides a deeper meaning, the star-crossed story of the athletes who either triumphed with a fantastic individual performance, or instead erred, as humans sometimes do.
Either way these singular tales are woven together carefully, by the gridiron powers that be, into the story of an entire game, a narrative that is summed up neatly in a final score.
The following slideshow pays tribute to the story behind the final score and identifies the heroes (a.k.a. studs) and protagonists (a.k.a. duds) from Week 9 of the college football season.
The truth of the matter is, as Mr. Shakespeare once sort of said, these are the guys whose performances’ drove the bus on the 58 final scores posted on the Internet after the dust settled this past Saturday night.