A very wild finish took place in tonight’s Bethune-Cookman vs. Hampton college football game that was televised on ESPNU. (I promise that I only watched the final minutes, and because it was the only live football still on. Okay, it’s still probably not a good enough excuse.)
Bethune-Cookman scored on a touchdown pass to go up 35-31 with under three minutes left in the game. However, the play extremely confused ESPNU play-by-play man, Mike Morgan:
“And… Incomplete… And INTERCEPTED… No… EDDIE POOLE? EDDIE POOLE?! EDDIE POOLE CAUGHT IT?! UNBELIEVABLE! HOW IN THE WORLD DID HE GRAB THIS ONE?!”
Here’s video proof (I apologize for my crappy camera work):
And things got even crazier in the final seconds of the game. With four seconds remaining, and the score still 35-31, Hampton had a fourth down in the red zone. Hampton quarterback David Legree connected with wide receiver Isiah Thomas in the end zone for a touchdown as time expired. Or so it appeared at first. After a lengthy review, officials determined that Thomas did not maintain possession of the ball all the way to the ground. Incomplete pass; Bethune-Cookman wins.
As I watched the replays a few times while the review was taking place, I thought the touchdown call would be overturned, as ended up being the case. And color commentator, Jay Walker, kept pointing out how the pass may be ruled incomplete as well.
Morgan, however, felt otherwise. After many replays, Morgan said, “I don’t think there’s any way in the world they reverse this.”
Video of this whole scene:
Not Morgan’s finest moments as a broadcaster. Thankfully for him, I was probably the only one watching the game.
P.S. Imagine Calvin Johnson’s reaction if he saw that play.