No. 13 Duke edged No. 8 Louisville 58-55, but the Cardinals ran the cleverest play of the night. To start the second half, Louisville fooled the Blue Devils into defending the backcourt, leading to the easiest layup Briahanna Jackson’s ever had.
With 40-odd bowl games to sit through, you have to appreciate Western Kentucky’s efforts to spice up a game between the AAC West’s fourth-best team and the Conference USA champions.
Cincinnati’s going to finish this season with a losing record, but the Bearcats aren’t total losers after pulling off this trick play against Tulsa for a touchdown. Maybe if they’d shown this kind of creativity earlier in the season, they wouldn’t... have a losing record.
Kansas is, as in most years, a miserably bad football team. But today they did something neat:
The winless Browns need to be innovative if they want to possibly beat the Cowboys today, so they ran a play out of this very weird formation a minute into the game. It worked surprisingly well.
I’m unreasonably impressed by this clip, of Raiders QB Derek Carr messing around in practice and hitting Connor Cook in stride with a behind-the-back pass that features a better spiral than anything Ryan Fitzpatrick could muster the regular way.
Keep an eye on Nos. 8 and 9 in the red. Well played, gentlemen. But you can’t legally do that. Good thing the refs didn’t know the rules.
Ole Miss star offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil started this season on the sidelines. He’ll end it having scored a touchdown in what’s yet another blowout major bowl game, as the Rebels took a 34-6 lead into the locker room. The trick play even got our Russian announcer friends excited:
The Florida Gators were underwhelming offensively in 2015, and yet they managed to do something pretty neat today at the Citrus Bowl to tie Michigan up in the first quarter. We’re not even sure what to call this, but we like it.
Clemson punter Andy Teasdall connected with Christian Wilkins for 31 yards and a first down as Dabo Swinney used some trickery to get the Tigers inside Oklahoma’s 15-yard line. Two plays later, Deshaun Watson found the end zone to put Clemson up 10-7 in today’s first college football playoff semifinal. Here’s how it…
For the first time since 1997, Texas Tech beat Texas in Austin last night in a 48-45 thriller. The Red Raiders sealed the deal with this rather clever bit of misdirection and running by Jakeem Grant, who has a history of spectacular runs. Coach Kliff Kingsbury said last night that the play is called “Little People,…
Who’s ready for some hot DIII action?! Not Carleton College, which fell for the ol’ fake-extra-point-fake-toss-no-look-behind-the-back-pass-two-point-conversion by St. Thomas. The oldest trick in the book.
The Indianapolis Colts’ failed “swinging gate” play was one of the goofier and funnier moments in recent memory. But punter Pat McAfee has gone into more detail on what was supposed to happen—and what went horribly wrong—and the intent behind the play makes a little more sense. The execution, however, was even more…
There are few moments in football more entertaining than a trick play, the weirder the better. One of those moments is a failed trick play. That...thing the Colts pulled last night certainly qualifies.
Utah extended its shocking blowout lead over Oregon 55-13 tonight with a 69-yard punt return that confused fans, Ducks punt coverage team members, and Fox camera operators. The fake fair catch seemed to fool everyone except, of course, Gus Johnson. (You might remember the Rams running this play last year.)
At The MMQB, Robert Klemko has a fascinating breakdown of the Seahawks' fake field goal that got them on the board and set the stage for their historic comeback. And it's incredible just how specific a scenario the Seahawks required to even give the green light for punter Jon Ryan to loft that touchdown pass to…
Upon reflection, the most embarrassing thing the New York Jets did yesterday was try to run the world's least effective trick play on a third-quarter kickoff return. I realize that's a bold statement to make, seeing as how this game also included Geno Smith turning in one of the worst quarterbacking performances ever
Let's take the time to praise the enormous stones on the Rams' coaching staff for calling two of the most exciting and least anticipated trick plays of the season: a fake punt and, before that, a fake punt return. Each played a huge part in St. Louis's upset win over Seattle.
You've heard of fake punts. Have you heard of a fake punt return? The Rams pulled it off to perfection against the Seahawks today.
It wasn't quite a Dan Marino redux in Miami, as Aaron Rodgers's fake spike, which fooled as many Packers as it did Dolphins, didn't come on the winning touchdown. (It merely put Green Bay in prime position for that on the next play.) But we'll never not stop to appreciate an elegant bit of football trickery,…