What you’re about to see may be the bestest Greatest College Football Play ever.
First, a little background.
Emory & Henry is a school located in Virginia, playing as the Wasps in the D-III Old Dominion Athletic Conference. UVa-Wise, or the University of Virginia’s College at Wise (you can see why they just use UVa-Wise), is a member of the NAIA’s Appalachian Athletic Conference and plays as the Highland Cavaliers. The two teams meet annually in what’s called the Southwest Virginia Bowl.
… Now that that’s out of the way, let’s set the stage: Emory & Henry leads UVa-Wise 30-27 with scant few seconds remaining in the game, but the Wasps have been forced into a 4th and 18 at their own 22 and must punt on what is likely the last play of the game.
And what a last play it is!
It’s not just the insane perfection of the lateral and the miraculous timing of it hitting the other player in full stride that makes this so great. It’s the refs not calling the roughing the kicker penalty that seals the deal. (Check them out shoving what looks like one of the Wasps’ coaches off the field at about the 40 second mark.) Every great play needs a little controversy to spice it.
I love you, college football.