Many of us that never played any type of real competitive football still had the childhood joy of playing two-hand-touch football at recess, in P.E. class, or just goofing around in the neighborhood.
When you played back in the day, anything went. Calls could be disputed over several minutes and often re-enacted to prove a point.
But for the Missouri Tigers in the final drive of regulation this past Saturday, they decided to forget they were playing in the 102,455 seat Neyland Stadium and pretend they were back in the school-yard.
After the game, Missouri quarterback James Franklin admitted that the final touchdown play the Tigers had in regulation that tied the game against the Tennessee Volunteers, was thought up by true freshman wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, and showed to the team in the huddle by drawing it out on his hand.
“It was pretty funny because right before that, he told me–the defense probably could have seen what he was doing–he put his hand up and he was doing this, this and that,” Franklin said as he showed how Green-Beckham had drawn up the play on his hand.
“It was funny because that’s what he did, and it worked.”
Missouri would go on to overtime, where they’ve played and won more games than any other team in the FBS. This game turned out no different as Missouri has now won 11 out of 15 overtime games in their history.
Green Beckham also talked about the final play.
“Once we got out there and lined up, I saw how far the safety was playing up so I was [thinking] I can beat this guy and get behind him on a fade route.”
And he did. Just the way he drew it up.