South Alabama about to lose to UCLA

Historic upsets are part of the fabric that makes college football so great. And we almost had one today in Los Angeles.

The South Alabama Jaguars were leading Chip Kelly and the UCLA Bruins in the Rose Bowl, 31-29, with three minutes left in the fourth quarter. That’s when South Alabama coach Kane Wommack inexplicably decided to run a fake off of a 40-yard field goal attempt that would have made it a two-possession game.

You can probably guess what happened next: The Jaguars hilariously botched the play.

Naturally, the college football world had some reactions to the bone-headed play:

Professional gamer Kofie joked about ignoring the computer’s play-calling advice in the NCAA video game series.

“Add this to the ledger of crimes against football that contribute to letting an upset slip away,” tweeted Sports Illustrated reporter Pat Forde.

“I’m very sad this is about to cost South Alabama the game,” wrote the Draft Network’s COO, Jaime Eisner.

“Thanks, coach, just blew the game at UCLA. We had it!” Wrote Outkick the Coverage‘s Trey Wallace.

“Instead of going for it with their offense, which is averaging six yards a play, South Alabama did this. How stupid,” said former NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz.

UCLA went on to stave off the upset and win the game, 32-31.

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