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South Alabama’s fake field goal ends in disaster and a UCLA win

The Fun Belt is going to be the Fun Belt

A week after the Sun Belt scored big wins for Appalachian State over Texas A&M and Georgia Southern over Nebraska, it looked like the conference was going to deliver another win over a Power 5 team. South Alabama went on the road against University of California at Los Angeles and he was in control in front of, well, let’s say a sparse crowd:

South Alabama led 31-29 with just over three minutes left and they were in possession of the ball. They faced a fourth-and-two at the UCLA 22-yard line, on the 11th play of a long drive that began at the Jaguars’ own 10-yard line and worked nearly six minutes off the clock. With their offense going, maybe South Alabama would leave their offense on the field to pick up the last two yards and maybe freeze the game.

Or maybe they’d hit a field goal, giving them a five-point lead and forcing UCLA to score a touchdown for the win.

Both solid options. Apparently, however, there was a third:

Instead of leaving their offense on the field, or trying to make the short field goal (college kickers, we know), the Jaguars switch to an offensive formation and let starter Tanner McGee, a backup quarterback who attempted a pass for the last time during the 2020 season, try to make a play.

Hey no.

That opened the door for UCLA, who drove down the field on their ensuing possession to get within range of their kicker, who delivered:

South Alabama’s botched fake field goal brought to mind another fake kick from years ago, this fake punt attempt converted by the Indianapolis Colts:

The win moved Kelly and the Bruins up to 3-0 on the season while dropping the Jaguars to 2-1 and sending them home wondering what could have been.


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