Arkansas State tried what could very well be the worst fake punt attempt you will ever see on Saturday. In the second quarter of a 41-20 loss to Miami, the Red Wolves lined up like they were going to kick it away near midfield. Instead of punting, they had a player fake like he had collapsed on the field and then threw an interception.
Let’s start with the faking of the death. Sophomore wide receiver Booker Mays, who is listed at 5-foot-1 on Arkansas State’s official athletics website, immediately grabbed his chest and fell backward when the ball was snapped. No one seemed to care. In fact, he got jacked up as soon as he came to his feet after Miami picked the ball off.
What was the purpose of having someone play dead? If it was to make the opponent concerned for his health, that’s just plain wrong. Whatever the case, it didn’t work. And where the hell was that pass going? There didn’t appear to be a white shirt anywhere in the vicinity of where the ball was thrown.
Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson told For the Win the play is called the “Fainting Goat” and basically admitted that it served no purpose.
“We were just having a little bit of fun to be honest with you,” he said. “When you scare a goat, it faints. It was a joke.”
The joke’s on you, buddy.