October 14, 2003 |
He'll do it again if he gets the chance. That was the message Eagles coach Andy Reid sent yesterday when asked about the onside kick that the Dallas Cowboys converted into a touchdown three seconds into Sunday's game at Texas Stadium. "I have a lot of trust in our defense," Reid said. "If they recovered it at that point, I felt we'd be able to hold them out. But the primary thing was that we saw something that we thought we could take advantage of. We will always do that if we have an opportunity to take advantage of somebody.
November 15, 2000 |
A kicking team player may not block or use his hands or arms on an opponent within the first 10 yards, if the ball has not gone 10 yards. This is a 10-yard penalty. (The kicking team re-kicks from 10 yards behind the spot of the previous kick.) - Rule 6, Section 2; Supplemental Note 2 Official Playing Rules of the National Football League, 2000-2001 Upon further review, the Eagles got an early Christmas gift. And the Steelers got robbed. Again. The NFL, the symbolic Grinch in Pittsburgh this season, acknowledged yesterday that officials blew a call on the onside kick the visiting Eagles recovered Sunday that enabled them to complete a 10-point comeback and win the game in overtime.
November 29, 1993 |
With an extra week of practice and a little bit of time on his hands, Springfield coach Dave Puchalski dreamed up a few plays to throw at visiting Lower Moreland on Thanksgiving Day. One play he came up with was an onside kick. The Spartans worked on it throughout the week, and when the time came, Puchalski didn't hesitate to put it to good use. It turned out to be a turning point in Springfield's 26-14 Independence League victory. Springfield (4-6-1 overall, 3-2-1 league) had just scored on a Shelton Farmer blast up the middle to take a 13-6 lead with 4 minutes, 26 seconds left in the third quarter, and the Spartans lined up to kick to the Lions (4-7, 2-4)
November 16, 1986 |
When Princeton plays Yale, strange things often happen. But the jaws of veteran observers of the 113-year rivalry must have dropped yesterday as the Eli scored 11 points in less than 2 minutes to scrape by Princeton, 14-13. After 57 minutes of precision play, the Tigers' effort collapsed with just over a minute to play when Yale senior John Duryea kicked a 17-yard field goal to put his team ahead for good. With Princeton ahead by 13-3 and just 2 minutes, 15 seconds left in the game, a record-setting quarterback and a neophyte receiver teamed up for a 62- yard touchdown that put Yale back into the game.
January 11, 1993 |
It took the Eagles a mere 59 minutes, 10 seconds to score their first and only touchdown yesterday, but with four additional seconds, they proved their special teams were every bit as inept as their offense and defense. When you're hot, you're hot. Having shaved the Cowboys' lead to 34-10, and with hope springing eternal in the NFL playoffs, the Eagles sent two kickers onto the field for the ensuing onside kick. Placekicker Roger Ruzek lined up to the left of the ball.
September 4, 2000 |
Having seen his team handled and humiliated by the Eagles, Dallas Cowboys coach Dave Campo was searching for answers yesterday after the lopsided loss, promising to right the course for another division challenge next week at Arizona. But he sounded more worried than confident. "I didn't exactly have them prepared to play today," Campo said, looking like a man who had just removed his finger from a light socket. "I will next week. Today, we didn't stop the run. We didn't protect the passer.
December 2, 1991 |
This wasn't defense the way Knute Rockne intended it to be played. After allowing 473 yards in a 48-42 victory over Hawaii Saturday night, Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz was happy to escape with a win. "For the first 20 minutes we played well on defense, then we reverted back to normal form: missed tackles, missed assignments," Holtz said. "The final 40 minutes were very discouraging. Offensively, we kept the pressure on. " The 18th-ranked Fighting Irish (9-3) were ahead, 48-28, with 5:15 left after running back Jerome Bettis scored his second touchdown of the game.
September 16, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State coach Bob O'Brien decided to pass on an onside kick with 2 minutes, 51 seconds to play and one timeout left after the Nittany Lions scored their final points in Saturday night's 34-31 loss to Central Florida. With Central Florida expecting an onside kick, O'Brien had Sam Ficken kick the ball over the head of return man Rannell Hall and try to have it stop short of the goal line so that Ficken's teammates could chase it down. But the kick rolled just a little too far, maybe a yard into the end zone, for a touchback.
October 28, 1991 |
Malvern Prep coach Gamp Pellegrini has been around football for more years than he'd like to admit, so not too many plays excite him. At Germantown Academy on Saturday, Pellegrini called a play that turned the game around in the final 2 minutes, 36 seconds, and led to Malvern Prep's 22-17 come-from-behind Inter-Academic League victory. Pellegrini got excited, and rightly so. It's not often that a coach calls for an onside kick and sees his team recover the ball. But that's what happened with the Friars trailing 17-15 with less than three minutes to play.
October 14, 2003 |
Randal Williams claims to be fast, but even the Dallas Cowboys receiver knows he's not 37 yards-in-3-seconds fast. Williams is being credited with the fastest score to start a game since the NFL began using a scoreboard clock. He returned the Eagles' onside kick for a touchdown 3 seconds into Sunday's game. Officially, it took only 3 seconds. It might actually have taken almost twice as long. Replays show clearly that the clock didn't start until after Williams took a few steps, at least 2 seconds.