A wise person somewhere once said that cheaters never prosper, but what about those who kinda, sorta cheat? Here’s a few college football teams that have definitely stretched the rules.
The Dramatic Chipmunk
For years, sports teams have provided noisemakers to fans at their home games so they can distract their opponents while they attempt to make free throws or field goals. If a video screen is positioned in the right spot, they may also air a strange clip to further annoy them. The University of Minnesota’s Golden Gophers have used this strategy to frustrate other teams’ kickers. A large screen is positioned on one side of their home field at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis behind the field goal posts. When it’s time for the visiting team to go for a kick, that’s when they break out a clip of “The Dramatic Chipmunk,” a bizarre viral video.
College football games can drag on for hours. In order to speed them up a little, NCAA officials decided enacted Rule 3-2-5-e in 2006. During field goal attempts, this allowed the clock to start when the kicker touched the ball, not when the receiver caught it. Unfortunately, the officials didn’t consider whether or not teams would use this rule to their advantage. That’s exactly what happened when the Wisconsin Badgers and their coach, Bret Bielema, were in the middle of an intense game against Penn State that November. With mere moments left on the clock, Bielema ordered his kicking team to go offsides twice. Doing so didn’t allow Penn State enough time to get their offensive players back onto the field. The Badgers won and at least one more team (the North Dakota State Bison) used the same trick that season before the NCAA got rid of the rule.
The Blue Hose’s Bounce Pass
You may have never heard of this strangely named football team for Clinton, South Carolina’s Presbyterian College but they pulled off an amazing trick play during their first game against a major pponent in September 2010. The Hose’s quarterback threw the ball on the ground behind his receiver while his wide receiver pretended to be upset about it. His acting skills were good enough to briefly trick the defensive backs that the play had ended, giving him enough time to throw the ball to another teammate who made a touchdown. As crazy as it might sound, this trick play (it’s called a bounce pass) is technically legal. Despite their clever trickery, the Hose still went home with a crushing 53-13 loss to Wake Forest.