A team scoring 10 points in the final 10 seconds may not be the most absurd thing you’ve heard of in college football. But you’ve never seen it go down the way it did for Old Dominion on the road against Western Kentucky on Saturday night.
Down 34-27, Old Dominion quarterback Travis Fulgham completed a six-yard pass to Blake LaRussa to allow the Monarchs to tie the game with just nine seconds left to play in regulation. Overtime felt all but guaranteed, but Western Kentucky fielded a short 36-yard kickoff to their 30-yard line and picked up a gain of 15 yards on a running play. With a timeout to use, Western Kentucky was suddenly thinking about taking a shot down the field for a last-second Hail Mary from the WKU 45-yard line.
The pass fell incomplete as the final seconds ticked off the clock, but Old Dominion was flagged for roughing quarterback Davis Shanley, giving Western Kentucky one untimed down after a gain of 15 yards with the ball moved to the Old Dominion 40-yard line. Now it was a chance for a long field goal by the Hilltoppers to avoid overtime. The 57-yard attempt was no good, but Old Dominion gave Western Kentucky yet another untimed down after having 12 men on the field for the field goal play. The ball was moved up five yards, giving Western Kentucky kicker Alex Rinella a shot at a 52-yard try to once again avoid overtime.
Once again, the kick was no good, but Old Dominion had Isaiah Harper back to field a possible miss with the hope of being able to Kick Six Western Kentucky on the latest untimed down. Harper cut his way up the field for an 83-yard return to the Western Kentucky 17-yard line. It was a valiant effort, but this one was surely heading to overtime now, right?
Western Kentucky was called for a facemask penalty on the Old Dominion return, moving the ball half the distance to the goal at the eight-yard line, and giving the road team their own untimed down to try to capitalize on. And they did. Nick Rice hit on a 26-yard field goal on the final play of the game, sending Old Dominion home with a wild 37-34 win after scoring 10 points in the final nine seconds of the game that took closer to nine minutes to complete when all was said and done.
OK, FINE. Here's the full breakdown of how ODU beat WKU in the weirdest of circumstances pic.twitter.com/SKkzjaYJqp
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) October 21, 2018
1. ODU trails WKU 34-27.
2. ODU scores tying TD w 0:09 remaining.
3. ODU penalized on last-gasp WKU pass.
4. WKU misses winning FG w/ 0:00, ODU penalized for 12 men. Re-kick.
5. WKU misses re-kick, ODU returns miss 83 yds. WKU penalized on the return.
6. ODU kicks FG to win. pic.twitter.com/AGyHgl0vAw
— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) October 21, 2018
The crazy finish was easily one of the most bizarre on the day, bumping the double overtime finish between Army and Miami Ohio out of the top spot.