Last night, I was watching the UCLA football game against Texas A&M on national TV. I went to UCLA for grad school and like watching them, but it was no fun as the game progressed and they were getting crushed. Indeed, it was 44-10 deep into the third quarter. By that point, the announcers had pretty given up normal announcing and where just largely talking about the Aggies and how their coach had obviously turned Texas A&M around, and how great they were.
The only time they spent much opportunity to talk about UCLA was when addressing the question that had been raised recently about whether their top-rated quarterback Josh Rosen actually "loved" playing football. This arose in large part because of some critical comments he made about how some other schools put too much emphasis on football rather than academics. (Horrors, what a comment for someone to make...) To the announcers' credit, they defended Rosen and talked about how he didn't go through all the practices, drills and games, taking all the pounding if he didn't love playing football.
So, anyway, the game was 44-17 in favor of Texas A&M as the teams went into the fourth quarter. And that's when UCLA continued with its 35 point comeback to win the game! This was the second-biggest comeback in college football history.
It should be noted that the FIRST biggest comeback came in 2006 when Michigan State overcame a 35 point deficit and defeated...my beloved Northwestern.
Here's Scott Van Pelt on ESPN SportCenter with a recap of the game. You'll learn a very good life-lesson here at 1-minute mark -- think twice before swaggering and posturing, most especially with silly props, when you think you've beaten your opponent. It may come back to haunt you.
Also, seemingly Josh Rosen likes playing football just fine.
This above, as noted, is the ESPN highlights. So, there's no play-play game announcer in real-time. It's only the in-studio host. To rectify that and the excitement of the moment, here's the on-air broadcast with the call of two plays -- the one setting up the touchdown with no time-outs left and then the fake "spike" supposedly to stop the clock, but instead throwing the game-winning score. And hometown crowd going wild.