There needs to be a rule in sports activities that if a play is so superior, you gained’t see something prefer it for the remainder of the last decade, then it counts. No replay overview. No overturns. No complaining from the opposite crew, as a result of they understand how cool it was, too.
Conversely, it’s type of becoming that the wildest landing Rutgers has scored in a technology was called back on Saturday.
It’s a factor of magnificence and it’s good that it exists on video, even when it doesn’t depend.
There had been eight laterals. Eight! Two by the quarterback, Noah Vedral (hometown: Wahoo, Nebraska, shoutout to David Letterman), who had began the play with a brief cross on 4th-and-32, due to course Rutgers had 4th-and-32. And there was 6-4, 296-pound offensive lineman Raiqwon O’Neal, on the receiving finish of a type of Vedral laterals, dropping the ball, selecting it up on the bounce, then flinging it backward over his head like some type of rugby play, 10 yards back and midway throughout the sphere on to extensive receiver Shameen Jones.
Did Jones go down earlier than he may lateral? Probably. Was his lateral to offensive lineman Sam Vretman (hometown: Upplands Vasby, Sweden… Rutgers is doing a little recruiting!) extra of a ahead cross than a lateral? Well, sure, completely it was.
So, Indiana gained 37-21, shifting to 2-0 in Big Ten play for the primary time since 1991. For leisure functions solely, sure, success would have coated the -11.5 unfold for the Scarlet Knights. Alas.
Indiana opened, in fact, with final week’s extra time win over Penn State, and now have a high quality win over Rutgers, which beat Michigan State within the opener earlier than the Spartans beat Michigan, 27-24, in Ann Arbor. That units up the transitive property being examined subsequent week when the Hoosiers host the Wolverines… in all probability with Indiana because the higher-ranked crew. In reality, there’s a risk that it’s No. 15 Indiana and No. 20 Michigan, which is what the matchup was the final time the Maize and Blue got here to Bloomington because the lower-ranked crew, which might be in 1987, for a 14-10 Indiana win.
Actually, 15 may be too low a rating for Indiana, provided that they had been No. 17 this week, and along with No. 13 Michigan’s loss, No. 16 Kansas State took a 27-point drubbing at West Virginia.
Can we discuss how silly it nonetheless is that Indiana-Rutgers and Kansas State-West Virginia are convention video games? It’s simply as silly as that Rutgers landing not counting, however not as silly as a potential faculty soccer playoff involving Notre Dame and Georgia lulling the nation to sleep with their boring effectivity. More laterals, much less smart soccer, please.
After all, this is 2020, “sensible” and “football” don’t have any enterprise getting used along with each other.
Jesse Spector – deadspin.com