Top 10 Game-Changing Plays of Week 11 of College Football
Alabama wasn't able to crush LSU without a game-changing moment that took place on the Tigers' opening drive. UCLA couldn't have pulled away without a remarkable run that set the tone late in the second half. Heck, even Oregon, a team that fell to Stanford, had a game-changing moment that made everybody believe the Ducks actually had a chance to complete a comeback.
These were the moments that changed the momentum of the games in Week 11 and ultimately gave teams that extra push to finish their games with wins.
Which moments were the best?
10. One More Year!
OK, the farewell to Johnny Manziel had nothing to do with the outcome of Texas A&M's win over Mississippi State. However, the celebration with the reigning Heisman winner and the chants of "one more year" could have been enough to convince him to return to school for another season.
Isn't that game-changing?
Manziel looked quite happy in this video and could in fact return to College Station for one more year. It would be amazing for college football if he did put the NFL on hold.
9. He's Gone
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace had an impressive game against Arkansas, and his best throw was the game-changer that helped the Rebels beat the Razorbacks.
After a play-action fake and a couple of pump fakes, Wallace lets it fly to a wide-open Ja-Mes Logan, who was able to beat his man on a go route. It was really that simple, as the two players made it look a lot easier than it should have been.
The touchdown put Ole Miss up by 10 points late in the third quarter and was just the separation the team needed to pull out the win at home.
8. Started from the Bottom; Now They're Here
It looked like neither Nebraska nor Michigan wanted to win their Big Ten matchup. Both defenses were coming up with stops and the offenses couldn't take advantage of great field position.
Things began to pick up late in the fourth quarter, and it looked like the Wolverines were going to escape with the win. With Nebraska facing a 3rd-and-goal, quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. waited until the last second to pitch the ball to Ameer Abdullah, who walked into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown.
7. He's Too Quick
Did Oklahoma watch any tape of Baylor?
If they did, they'd know that Antwan Goodley is pretty quick.
With the Bears looking to deliver the knockout punch in the second quarter, the junior receiver slipped past both the cornerback and the safety to haul in a wide-open 24-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Petty.
Baylor took a 24-5 lead heading into halftime. And just like that, the game was pretty much over.
6. Oregon Has a Chance!
By now, you should know that Oregon didn't beat Stanford. However, the Ducks did make the Cardinal sweat it out until the final seconds.
In what was a one-sided affair until the fourth quarter, Oregon managed to block a field goal. Rodney Hardrick then scooped the ball and took it back for a 65-yard touchdown. This brought the Ducks within two scores, and you could start to feel the momentum shifting with only a few minutes remaining.
The comeback was never completed, but this play certainly gave Oregon a chance to get back in the game.
5. He Really Didn't Score?
LSU started the Alabama game the best way you possibly could. The defense forced a stop and the offense drove the ball down to the goal line.
It looked like J.C. Copeland was going to walk into the end zone. Well, that's what you get for thinking. As Zach Mettenberger was in the background celebrating, Tana Patrick punched the ball out and gave Alabama the ball back as Landon Collins fell on top of the turnover.
Plays like this are not how you beat the two-time defending champions.
4. Davis Will Take It All the Way
Tennessee looked like it was going to actually give Auburn a run for its money. The game was tied midway through the second quarter when the Vols had to punt the ball away.
That's when Chris Davis found the sidelines and turned on the jets. He took the punt back 85 yards for the score to put the Tigers up by a touchdown. That score sparked the visiting team and help create a 55-23 blowout win.
Maybe next year, Tennessee.
3. Got It!
Although Pittsburgh was hanging around, it looked like Notre Dame had stolen the momentum and was starting to pull away. The Irish scored on an 80-yard touchdown pass to TJ Jones and were feeling good about themselves.
It didn't take long for the Panthers to answer.
Tom Savage found an open Devin Street, who broke a tackle and dove over the goal line for a 63-yard touchdown. Heading into the fourth quarter, this gave the home underdog confidence that it could truly pull off the upset.
Pittsburgh won 28-21.
2. Can't Bring Me Down
Virginia Tech and Miami were going back and forth throughout the first half and proving an entertaining ball game. But in the rain, it can sometimes be difficult to tackle a ball-carrier.
That's what the Hurricanes experienced with Joshua Stanford. He hauled in a screen pass and bounced off several Miami defenders to find the end zone on a 32-yard score.
The Hokies actually played a complete game and pulled off the 42-24 upset.
Why can't Virginia Tech play this way every week?
1. This Can't Be Happening
Myles Jack is a linebacker for UCLA.
And while he played defense against Arizona, he also spent a little time at running back. He led the team with 120 rushing yards on only six carries, and this 66-yard touchdown run was the play of the game. It put the Bruins up by two scores in the fourth quarter and helped UCLA win its seventh game of the season.
If you didn't get a chance to enjoy the freshman superstar's performance, find somebody who recorded the game. It was a performance that will have college football fans talking for quite some time.
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