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#pounditWednesday, October 5, 2022

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Texas Tech fan goes viral for ‘Horns Down’ video

Texas Tech fan does Horns Down

One Texas Tech fan may have delivered the most vicious “Horns Down” gesture ever.

Barstool Sports personality Dana Beers is making trips around the country in search of a college program to support. On Saturday, he visited Lubbock to test out how he would like things if he were a Texas Tech fan. He caught on pretty quickly and seemed to have a blast.

After the Red Raiders beat the Longhorns 37-34 in overtime, Beers hopped onto the field like many other fans. But Beers went straight for where Texas’ mascot Bevo was and delivered a savage Horns Down in front of the mascot’s face.

The reaction from the cheerleader who looked at him like he was crazy was great.

Beers still has several more college spots to visit before announcing his decision on Nov. 21. Texas Tech has to have moved up the list to No. 1 after Saturday’s experience.

Fans had the same complaint about ESPN while watching Texas game

Texas Tech faces Texas

Fans watching Saturday’s game between Texas and Texas Tech had the same complaint just as things were getting underway.

ESPN was airing the game, but they also wanted to keep fans updated on Aaron Judge’s pursuit of 61 home runs this season. When Judge came to the plate in the New York Yankees’ 7-5 win over the Boston Red Sox, ESPN cut in so sports fans could be able to watch in case the slugger went deep.

However, ESPN’s exact timing could have used work.

ESPN’s cut-in during the bottom of the 7th inning occurred mid-play as Texas Tech was looking to throw a pass.

You think they could have just waited until after the pass play to do the cut-in. That’s how many fans felt. Many fans also probably felt that if they wanted to watch Judge rather than football, they would have put on the Yankees game.

Cutting in so fans could see the at-bat is fine … just wait until after the football play ends before doing it.

Ohio State trolled Wisconsin so hard during blowout win

Ryan Day with a hand out

Nov 30, 2019; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day before the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin got a (very bitter) taste of their own medicine on Saturday night.

The Badgers got curb-stomped by No. 3 Ohio State during their weekend showdown in Columbus. The Buckeyes opened up the game by scoring 28 straight points unanswered and eventually won by the blowout final of 52-21. At one point in the second half (when Ohio State had raced out to a 45-7 advantage), Ohio Stadium began playing “Jump Around” over the speakers.

Here are a couple of videos of the epic troll job.

“Jump Around,” the hit song by House of Pain, has become a trademark song for the Badgers over the last several decades. During games played at Camp Randall Stadium, the song starts blasting (between the third and fourth quarters), and Wisconsin students fittingly “jump around” to it.

The tradition has become so well-known that even the broadcast booth has (somewhat awkwardly) gotten in on the fun. But it was only a matter of time before an opponent with nefarious intent used the song against the Badgers. That is exactly what happened on Saturday evening in Ohio.

Arkansas kicker misses winning field goal in most ridiculous fashion

Arkansas lines up for a field goal

Arkansas lost to Texas A&M 23-21 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night in absolutely brutal fashion.

The Razorbacks were down 23-14 and scored a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to make it 23-21. The Aggies drove in response but missed a 53-yard kick, giving the Hogs good field position. Arkansas drove down to the 16 and looked to be in position to take the lead with a field goal, but things didn’t go as they hoped.

Arkansas got pushed back to their 25 after a loss of nine. They ended up attempting a 42-yard field goal with 1:30 left.

In a twist we have never previously seen, Cam Little’s kick hit the top of the upright and doinked back onto the field.

We’re not saying he hit the upper part of the upright. No, Little’s kick sailed over the highest part of the upright and then landed on the top of it, and bounced back to the field.

Little was in total disbelief after the missed kick, as were Arkansas fans. That was like a trick shot he executed perfectly, only that’s not at all what he wanted.

That goes down as Arkansas’ first loss of the season after a 3-0 start. What a tough way to lose.

Marvin Harrison Jr. goes viral for his ridiculous outfit during game

Marvin Harrison Jr has a watch on

Marvin Harrison Jr. is full of style even when on the football field.

The Ohio State wide receiver drew attention online for his outfit while playing against Wisconsin on Saturday. Harrison was spotted with an Apple Watch on his wrist and Louis Vuitton cleats on his feet.

Harrison later changed his cleats and put on standard ones.

The sophomore receiver entered the game with 18 catches for 342 yards and 5 touchdowns in three games. But he didn’t have as much of an impact against the Badgers, recording three catches for 45 yards over the first three quarters.

Harrison definitely had much more of an impact over social media. He also seems to be doing quite well with NIL deals.

SMU fan brings awesome sign to TCU game

SMU fan holds up a sign

One SMU fan brought a great sign to Saturday’s game against TCU.

The Mustangs took on the Horned Frogs in Sonny Dykes’ return to face his former team, which TCU won 42-34. There was some hostility towards Dykes from the home SMU crowd, as expected.

But the killer sign came from an SMU fan, who wrote “We paid players before it was cool.”

The poster was hashtagged with “Pony Express,” which was the nickname for the backfield tandem of Eric Dickerson and Craig James on the 1982 SMU squad that went 11-0-1. SMU teams went 41-5-1 over four seasons from 1981-1984.

SMU was hit with the “death penalty” by the NCAA after they were found to have been paying players. SMU had been paying recruits to sign with them, and then many players were paid from a “slush fund” put together by boosters. Dickerson received a gold Trans Am to come to SMU.

After being given the death penalty, SMU did not have another winning season until 2009. They didn’t have another double-digit win season until Dykes went 10-3 in 2019.

Yup, SMU was paying players long before it was cool.

Report: ACC suspends referee who made bad call in Cal-Notre Dame game

A look at a field goal lineup

The ACC suspended one if its officials for making a terrible call last weekend in the Cal-Notre Dame game.

Notre Dame beat Cal 24-17 in the game. The Golden Bears were up 7-0 in the second quarter against Notre Dame, and the Irish were setting up for 45-yard field goal attempt.

Notre Dame missed the kick, but they were bailed out by an offsides penalty on Cal.

Here’s a look at the play:

Nobody was even close to offsides for Cal, which is why they were livid.

Thanks to the call, Notre Dame got a new set of downs. They scored a touchdown two plays later to tie the game.

A week after the game, Cal alum Roxy Bernstein, who is also an announcer, said that the ACC had suspended the side judge responsible for the brutal call.

Oddly, Bernstein said the ACC apologized to Cal for the missed call but did not plan to make a public statement.

The bad call helped Notre Dame get seven points. That play was a big swing for what was a one-score game.

Video: Billy Napier restrained from going after referees

Billy Napier yells at officials

Billy Napier had to be restrained from going after the referees in Saturday’s game at Tennessee.

Tennessee had the ball at the Florida 1-yard line late in the third quarter while leading the Gators 24-21. The Vols ran the ball on 2nd-and-goal for what appeared to be a touchdown, but Jabari Small was marked down inside the one.

Tennessee coach Josh Heupel was expecting the officials to review the play, but they didn’t. So just as the play clock for third-and-goal was about to hit zero, Heupel called for a timeout.

Napier was upset about all the time the officials were taking on the matter and kept telling them to get the game restarted. Instead, the officials took their time reviewing the 2nd-down play.

The officials let the second down call stand, but they flagged the Gators coach for unsportsmanlike conduct. He had to be restrained by his assistants.

Napier’s penalty moved the ball to the 1-inch line and gave Tennessee an automatic first down. They scored on the next play and took a 31-21 lead.

Napier is in his first season as Florida’s head coach. The Gators entered Saturday with a 2-1 record.

Referees make incredible mistake in Oregon-Washington State game

Washington State downs mistake

The officiating crew in Saturday’s game between the Oregon Ducks and Washington State Cougars made quite the mess after an intentional grounding penalty.

The Cougars were called for intentional grounding on a first down play early in the second quarter, which should have come with a loss of down. Somehow, the officiating crew took away an extra down from Washington State, and the drive went directly to third down.

The play that resulted in intentional grounding was quite clearly first down.

Nobody seemed to question it though when Washington State came out after that penalty on 3rd-and-17. They ran a draw and then punted. Finally, the officiating crew seemed to realize their error and went back to third down to try to make it right.

In short, Washington State punted twice, but only one of them counted because they were robbed of a down on the actual drive by the officials. They got it right in the end — sort of — but made a real mess of it from start to finish.

Amazingly, this has happened before, though in another recent instance the error was never corrected. Perhaps the Cougars should consider themselves fortunate that someone was clued into the issue here.

Dabo Swinney has funny take on Clemson-Wake Forest thriller

Dabo Swinney

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney after the 14-8 win over Georgia Tech in Clemson, S.C., September 18, 2021. Credit: Ken Ruinard / staff via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Saturday’s game between Clemson and Wake Forest was a wild overtime affair that saw the two teams put up a combined 96 points. In a game like that, no wonder it took a few years off Dabo Swinney’s life.

Swinney joked after the Tigers’ 51-45 overtime victory that he’d aged ten years during the game, going from 52 to 62.

Swinney probably is not alone in feeling that way. Clemson jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, only to surrender 28 points in the second and third quarters to trail 35-28. The Tigers needed a 52-yard field goal to tie the game at 38 with four minutes left, then won in the second overtime.

In other words, the game was stressful enough if you were at all invested in it. On top of that, Swinney had to navigate his ridiculously huge play sheet, so that probably didn’t help matters either.