Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Yards to Glory: Tech stumbles to loss
By ESPN.com staff
Monday we began a week-long project looking at the most famous touchdowns from 100+ yards down to one yard, and we'll be taking a look at each of the Big 12 entrants on the blog throughout the week.
You can see the full project here.
Texas Tech lost a famous game to SMU on a play reminiscent of the Music City Miracle, but with respect to Frank Wycheck, this one was quite a bit more miraculous, and the stakes were just as high for the Mustangs, who narrowly escaped with the representative for college football's most famous 91-yard touchdown.
Nov. 13, 1982: Undefeated SMU, led by running back Eric Dickerson, entered the game ranked No. 2 in the nation. Underdog Texas Tech kicked a game-tying field goal with 17 seconds left and looked as if it was headed for an impressive tie. The ensuing kickoff bounced to the Mustangs and was muffed, but with the Red Raiders kickoff team bearing down, Blaine Smith threw a bouncing lateral to the sidelines and Bobby Leach caught it, returning it 91 yards for the touchdown and a shocking 34-27 win.
-- David Ubben