The 2011 NCAA football season was full of unexpected winners and upsets that regularly messed up the BCS standings. Amazing touchdowns kept us glued to our TVs.
These are five of my personal favorite touchdowns of the year:
Michigan vs. Notre Dame 9/10/11
Perhaps it was the magic in the numbers of the date of this game. Perhaps it was just a superior team making its dream happen. Whatever the reasoning, Denard Robinson's game-winning touchdown against Notre Dame was one of the most exciting in Michigan's season.
The Wolverines were down 31-28 late in the fourth quarter. All they needed was a field goal to throw the game into overtime. Instead, new head coach Brady Hoke decided to give Robinson a shot for the end zone. With 2 seconds left, Robinson threw the ball to Roy Roundtree for a 16-yard touchdown pass. For the third year in the row, the Wolverines beat the Fighting Irish with a last-second play. It gave the Wolverines added momentum in a turnaround year where they ended up 10-2.
Michigan State vs. Wisconsin 10/22/11
The Wisconsin Badgers fought their way back to tie the Michigan State Spartans 31-31 with 1:26 left in the game. The Spartans drove down the field. With 4 seconds left, Kirk Cousins threw an incomplete pass to Brian Linthicum. They decided to take a chance on a Hail Mary pass. BJ Cunningham missed his timing to catch the ball, which was almost intercepted by Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis. Instead, the ball slipped through his hands, bounced off the face mask of Cunningham, and was caught by Keith Nichol. The Spartans won 37-31, knocking Wisconsin out of BCS national title contention.
Auburn vs. Ole Miss 10/29/11
When Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen snatched a pass and fell into the end zone with about 5:00 left in the game, the announcers could be heard asking, "Did he catch that with one hand?" Sure enough, he did. It was as if he had reached behind his back to snag the ball and then brought it around the pylon to score a touchdown against Ole Miss. Auburn went on to win the game 41-23.
Baylor vs. Oklahoma 11/19/11
Robert Griffin III, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, can partially thank his upset against the Oklahoma Sooners for his honor. With mere seconds left in the game, Baylor and Oklahoma were tied. All Baylor needed to win was a field goal, but the Bears decided to go for it. With 8 seconds left, Griffin threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Williams to win 45-38. It was the first time in Baylor history that it beat Oklahoma.
South Carolina vs. The Citadel 11/19/11
Alshon Jeffrey impressed fans, players and coaches when he caught a touchdown pass with only one hand. It was like his hand was magnetically drawn to the ball. Final score was 41-20 in favor of the Gamecocks. Jeffrey managed to also do a one-handed catch in 2010 against Alabama.
Andrea Coventry has been a college football fan since elementary school. Her favorite team is the Michigan Wolverines.