It’s the first year of the American Athletic Conference and two teams who you would have never imagined playing took the field today when Rutgers traveled to Dallas to take on SMU in both team’s conference openers.
It was a crazy game, and that’s putting it lightly as the game went into three overtimes before Rutgers was able to narrowly escape with a 55-52 victory. The game was back and forth the entire time and was filled with crazy plays, lots of offense and not a lot of defense. It was an intense and hard-fought battle by both teams.
Trailing in the fourth quarter, SMU scored three unanswered touchdowns to get within two points. The Mustangs needed two points to tie the game up and send it into overtime, and what unfolded was one of the most insane two-point conversions you’ll ever see.
That’s not something you see every day. Garrett Gilbert scrambled around and around before making a throw all the way across the field, and Jeremy Johnson was able to make an outstanding catch and stay inbounds to get the two points to keep the Mustangs’ hopes alive.
This will go down as one of the plays of the year for sure and as good as it was, the Mustangs still weren’t able to win the game in the end. Gilbert had a video game-like day in the stats department as he completed 45-of-70 passes for 484 yards and five touchdowns.