Returning a missed or blocked field goal for a touchdown is a relatively rare occurrence, so it was amazing to see it happen twice in the same quarter of the same game Saturday. Both the Maryland Terrapins and Texas Longhorns managed to pull off the block-return-touchdown combo in the second quarter of their clash in Austin.
First, with just under 12 minutes left in the second quarter and Maryland up 14-7, Longhorns’ kicker Joshua Rowland had his 44-yard attempt blocked, and it was then returned for a touchdown by the Terrapins’ Antoine Brooks Jr.:
That was part of a strong second quarter for Maryland, which saw them leading 27-7 with six minutes left. They then looked to extend that to 30-7 with their own 31-yard field goal attempt, but Texas got revenge, with Adam Greene’s kick blocked, and then returned for a touchdown by Holton Hill:
Either of these plays would be rare enough on its own, but seeing both in the same quarter of the same game? That’s pretty remarkable. And it was part of just an overall crazy game, which wound up as a 51-41 Maryland win.
[Matt Clapp on Clippit]