The first two picks in the 2020 NFL Draft went head-to-head on Sunday, and it was Chase Young who got the best of Joe Burrow in the early going.
With the Cincinnati Bengals facing 4th-and-goal from the 3-yard line, Burrow tried to scramble for the end zone and was absolute throttled by Young as he reached for the goal line. The hit caused Burrow to cough up the ball.
Here’s another angle of the hit:
The result of the play took a while to sort out. It was initially ruled on the field that Washington recovered the fumble and fumbled back into the end zone before recovering again, which resulted in a safety. The Bengals committed a hold on the play, so Washington accepted the penalty and 3rd down was supposed to be replayed. A review then determined that Washington never actually established possession of the loose ball until they recovered it in the end zone, so the result of the play was a touchdown. The holding penalty was declined at that point.
Burrow has drawn a lot of praise this season, and deservedly so. Young gets far less attention as a defensive player, but he certainly showed why he was the No. 2 overall pick on that hit.
Texas Tech linebacker Colin Schooler delivered what may have been the hit of the year on Saturday, and it went a long way toward propelling the Red Raiders to victory.
Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer looked like he was going to walk into the end zone for an easy touchdown on 3rd-and-goal late in the third quarter, but Schooner had other plans. Just as Brewer was about to cross the goal line, Schooler avoided a block and laid the boom.
In addition to being a highlight-reel play, Schooler’s tackle also kept Texas Tech in a position to win. Baylor settled for a field goal to take a 23-12 lead, and Texas Tech completed a fourth-quarter comeback to win 24-23.
The best part about Schooler’s tackle is that it was clean and perfectly legal. Huge hits on quarterbacks (such as this one) often result in flags and fines. Schooler’s hit on Brewer was a thing of beauty.
Looking to end a three-game losing streak on Saturday against Northwestern, the Michigan State Spartans turned to redshirt freshman quarterback Brian Lewerke to start his first career game.
Taking over for fifth-year senior Tyler O’Connor, it didn’t take long for Lewerke to be introduced to the game of college football.
Midway through the second quarter, Lewerke was absolutely hammered by Northwestern defensive lineman Joe Gaziano in the endzone for a safety. But the hit was so brutal it probably should have been worth a few extra points.
With roughly 5:00 remaining in the fourth quarter, Lewerke and Michigan State trail Northwestern by a score of 54-37.
Lewerke had completed 12 of his 19 pass attempts for 99 yards and a touchdown before being replaced by O’Connor.
Some football kickers are content to kick the ball and that’s it. Others like to get their hands dirty and try to make a tackle here and there on special teams.
We certainly know where Joey Julius lies on that scale.
Julius, a bearded badboy who is listed at 5-foot-10 and 258 pounds on Penn State’s website, made a monster tackle during kick coverage against Kent State on Saturday. Take a look:
He might be America’s favorite kicker.
Minnesota defensive end Tai’yon Devers welcomed us all back to college football in a big way on Thursday night. But unlike the rest of us, Oregon State quarterback Darell Garretson wasn’t experiencing the same kind of joy.
Of course, that’s likely because Garretson was on the receiving end of a vicious WWE-like clothesline courtesy of Devers at the start of the second quarter.
With Devers coming off the right side, Garretson rolled to his left and began looking upfield for a target. But before Garretson could even lock onto a receiver, Devers was all over him and took the quarterback down in a way that would make John “Bradshaw” Layfield happy.
Although Garretson was removed from his feet and slammed into the turf, he popped back up rather quickly. But it wasn’t fast enough to recover the fumble, which was pounced on by another Minnesota defender.
Later in the second quarter, Devers got Garretson a second time, once again forcing a fumble. That hit wasn’t nearly as devastating, however.
The Golden Gophers would go on to defeat the Beavers by a score of 30-23.
Calvin Johnson could probably count on one hand the number of times he has been cleaned out by a defensive back during his career, but he certainly has to include Kam Chancellor on that list after what the Seattle Seahawks safety did to him Monday night.
Chancellor, who was playing in his second game since ending his holdout, laid a textbook hit on Johnson after the Detroit Lions star caught a pass over the middle of the field.
How much did the Seahawks miss this guy? In addition to punishing Johnson on that play, Chancellor later stripped Megatron at the goal line on what turned out to be the game-winning play. It was also one of the most controversial plays of the year, and you can see why here. Here’s what the hit looked like in real time:
Welcome to the SEC, Cooper Bateman.
Bateman made his first career start on Saturday, and he was absolutely destroyed by Ole Miss. After throwing an interception in the second quarter, Ole Miss’ Denzel Nkemdiche crushed him with a block.
Gosh, aren’t there rules against hitting quarterbacks so hard? Maybe just in the NFL. That outta teach him twice about throwing picks next time.
The first round of meaningful football games took place Thursday night, and we can already stop our search for hit of the year. Montana State linebacker Mac Bignell delivered it.
Fort Lewis College running back P.J. Hall caught a swing pass in the flat, and Bignell came sprinting in and absolutely leveled him. You would have thought there was helmet-to-helmet contact with the way Hall’s head snapped back, but that was merely an indication of devastating the hit was.
We saw some huge hits across college football last year, but that one is right up there with the best of them.
Chris Callahan was just doing his best to make a play after his kick was blocked late in the Cotton Bowl, but he ended up taking some serious punishment as a result.
Baylor was up 41-35 and attempting a 44-yard field goal to go up by two scores on Michigan State with just over a minute left in the game. Callahan’s kick was blocked so he tried to make the tackle to chase down R.J. Williamson. That plan didn’t work too well.
Was that the Baylor kicker or the team’s towel boy?
The hit is even better with Jim Ross calling it:
At least Callahan tweeted afterwards to confirm he is alive:
Check out some of the other awesome hits we’ve posted here on the site. All apologies to the victims.
If you stopped watching Sunday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears after the first quarter, you didn’t miss much. That is, unless you enjoy watching Clay Matthews destroy opposing players.
Late in the first half, Matthews read a reverse perfectly and was in the backfield before Jay Cutler handed the ball to rookie wide receiver Chris Williams. Matthews popped Williams and didn’t even fall to the ground making the tackle.
The Bears went on to lose 55-14 on a night where Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes in the first half. Chicago gave up 51 points against the New England Patriots two weeks ago before their bye. It’s safe to say the Bears are in some trouble.
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