Texas Tech Beats Texas On Trick Play Touchdown

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,… »Yesterday 12:21pm11/27/15 12:21pm


The Colts' Trick Play Was Even More Of A Mess Than We Realized

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… »10/20/15 1:29pm10/20/15 1:29pm

This Is How Close The Seahawks Came To Never Even Starting A Comeback

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… »1/19/15 3:07pm1/19/15 3:07pm

This Failed Trick Play From The Jets Gets Sadder Every Time You Watch It

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 »10/27/14 9:39am10/27/14 9:39am

Not Even His Receivers Knew Aaron Rodgers's Fake Spike Was Coming

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,… »10/13/14 9:03am10/13/14 9:03am

UNC Takes Lead On Notre Dame With Reverse Flanker Pass

North Carolina has an inexplicable lead on #6 Notre Dame thanks to this tricky reverse that ended in wide receiver Quinshad Davis finding Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams for a 23-yard touchdown pass. UNC would have the ball back, too, if not for them doing characteristic dumb UNC things on a Notre Dame punt. »10/11/14 6:35pm10/11/14 6:35pm

That Awesome Trick Play To Johnny Manziel Was Illegal, It Turns Out

If there was a theme to Week 3, it was quarterbacks catching passes. Andy Dalton's first career reception went for a touchdown. Russell Wilson nearly scored one of his own. But the coolest and sneakiest of the afternoon's unorthodox grabs nearly went to the Browns and Johnny Manziel, with a trick play that was… »9/22/14 9:03am9/22/14 9:03am

Quarterback Fakes Out Defense With Incredible Trick Play

El Camino Real's JV quarterback, Jahlil Pinkett (Jada's nephew), pulled off the old "this is the wrong football, we need a new football, nah just kidding it's perfectly fine, my center snapped it to me and now I'm going to run, untouched, into the endzone" play so well that the defense was all "yeah, look, he does… »11/09/13 12:30pm11/09/13 12:30pm

Even Matthew Stafford Didn't Know He Was Going To Fake That Spike

In 1994, as Dan Marino hustled to the ball and motioned for a spike to stop the clock, he at least nodded to Mark Ingram to be ready for a pass. Matthew Stafford didn't tell anyone he had a game-winning sneak planned, because even he didn't know he was going to do it until he reached the line of scrimmage. »10/28/13 10:38am10/28/13 10:38am