The Duke Blue Devils had the lead over the Miami Hurricanes, 27-24, and the game looked as if it was completely over. Then Duke, rather than taking a knee, elected to kickoff to Miami. What ensued was one of the most astonishing winning plays in college football history—and it effectively took place with the clock pegged at zero.
SBNation cleanly breaks down every beat in the action, but a map of every lateral exchanged in a tweet posted on the team's official account illustrates the brilliance with one image.
We thought we'd seen everything when Michigan's Jalen Watts-Jackson pulled off an amazing save during the University of Michigan/Michigan State game in early October; that almost pales in comparison to this kind of planning and teamwork.
After what Deadspin's Screengrabber termed a "very, very lengthy review," officials verified the play. The final: Miami 30, stunned Blue Devils 27.
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has suspended the referees who officiated the Miami-Duke matchup, reports Sports Illustrated.
In a release posted on the ACC's website Sunday afternoon, the Conference said the two game suspension of the crew was for a "series of errors during the final play of the game." The errors included, according to the ACC, an error from the replay official in "not overturning the ruling on the field that the Miami player had released the ball prior to his knee being down." Other officials on the field "erred by failing to penalize Miami for an illegal block in the back at the Miami 16-yard line." Had that official not messed up, the ACC stated "the ball would have been placed at the Miami 8-yard line and the game would have been extended for an untimed down."
Sports Illustrated quoted Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who said after the game that "There were all sorts of issues that the conference has to resolve” with how the end played out. But, he continued, ”That’s not my job. Call the ACC, they should have answers.”
Looks like he was right about that.
Photos by Rob Brown / AP Photo