Quite an Ending

Is there a stat in college football for number of laterals per play?


(h/tYour Right Hand Thief)

12 thoughts on “Quite an Ending

  1. HOLY SH!T

  2. mdhatter says:

    wow, that was just like watching the Plame / Libby / Cheney affair unfold, with us on the losing bench.

  3. Veritas78 says:

    By my count, that was 13 laterals after the initial pass (plus one faked lateral). Is that what you got?

  4. oyster says:

    It’s actually 15 laterals after the initial pass, if you can believe it.

  5. abo gato says:

    As a Trinity Alum, let me just say, Go Tigers!! What a finish.

  6. ecoast says:

    IS that really legal? I thought you can do laterals only behind the line? How come other college teams
    and NFL teams don’t do this play?

  7. Dorothy says:

    Wow, that’s impressive. I think vies for weirdest play ever. The infamousUc-Berkeley vs Stanford lateral play only had 5 lateral passes, but it does have the advantage of the Stanford band marching onto the field in the middle of it.

  8. Boulder Dude says:


    Sometimes it is plays like this that make Football all sorts of exciting. ViaFirst Draft…

  9. Aaaargh says:

    Yeah, what ever happened to the line of scrimmage?

  10. Robert Earle says:

    “I thought you can do laterals only behind the line?”
    A forward pass must be thrown from behind the line of scrimmage (and there can only be one on a given play); laterals can happen anywhere on the field (so long as they are truly lateral passes), and there can be as many as you want.
    What finally makes this play work is that the lateral with 0:59 left in the video (the last lateral) hits the ground, and the receiver catches it on a bounce. When it hits the turf, many of the defenders stop, thinking the play must be over. But it’s legal for a lateral to bounce, so the refs correctly allow the play to continue.
    A long long time ago, sitting in the student section at Camp Randall (maybe 1979 or so, the Badger QB was Randy Wright), I saw Wisconsin run a play where the QB dropped back to pass, and throw a swing pass to the flanker, who had lined up split wide left and had taken a couple steps back away from the line-of-scrimmage at the snap. But the pass was well short, and the flanker caught it on one hop. When the ball hit the (artificial) turf, the defense stopped. But the pass had been a lateral, the one-hop catch had been by design, and the flanker calmly turned and threw a forward pass 30 yards downfield to a Badger receiver, wide open because the defense had stopped. Touchdown Badgers.
    When you run a trick play like the Badgers did, it is a good idea to alert the refs to it beforehand, so that you don’t end up fooling them, too. Otherwise, they may whistle your play dead before it even gets started. Kudos to the refs in the video for not whistling the play dead on the bounced lateral.

  11. Robert Earle says:

    I googled “Randy Wright” and “bounce pass”, and got a bunch of hits. 1982, vs. Illinois (somehow, I had blocked out the last-second Badger loss 🙂

  12. CrispyShot says:

    As another Trinity alum, let me say, “Ditto, abo gato!”

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