Put this one in the hall of fame of Las Vegas "bad beats" if such a thing exists. If it doesn’t, it should now.
If you were “invested” in Northwestern, I am genuinely surprised you’re able to read this on your computer or smartphone and didn’t destroy it in the frenzy. That's discipline right there. Kudos.
Ohio State closed as a seven-point favorite over Northwestern, and this number looked safe for those who backed the Wildcats with time expiring. No big deal. Run a play, maybe turn it over or maybe get tackled as time expires, right?
Not so fast, my friend.
With one final desperation play, Northwestern did the familiar toss-the-ball-around-until-this-eventually-ends scramble. The problem—and perhaps this was far from it depending on which side you were on—was Northwestern’s final lateral went astray and Ohio State jumped on it in the end zone.
With that, Ohio State increased its victory margin to 10 and also secured the cover.
Watch the Vegas carnage for yourself.
Make no mistake about it, this was carnage. Not just for the masses ripping their Northwestern tickets in unison, but also for Las Vegas.
According to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, the majority of the bets on Saturday night's game had "Ohio State" printed on the bottom. That's good news for the masses and bad news for the sportsbooks that were already counting their winnings.
Ohio St covers 7-point spread with defensive TD on last play of the game. 80% of tickets on OSU - big win for bettors.— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) October 6, 2013
What did these final few seconds do in terms of money changing hands? Well, according to Bell, this play caused $100 million to swing in the other direction.
The phrase “that’s why they call it gambling” won’t console those who placed a wager on Northwestern Saturday night, so please don’t bother. Plus, their phones are likely shut off or destroyed.
Also, there’s no need to ridicule those people who thought their ticket was good until the final second. That’s just mean. And on that note, gloating in situations like this will not be tolerated.
It may take years to see a bad beat that matches this, or perhaps one will top it next weekend.
That’s why they call it gamb...never mind.