November 10, 2013

Snap judgments: Seen from the other side

Daniel Barone corrals a Hail Mary with three seconds left, just the first of three scores in the final three seconds of Bowdoin's win.
Photo by Brian Beard for Bowdoin athletics

Even in a short four-year career, including a year or more on the sidelines for many of us, a D-III player goes through many types of games. So even though it was more than 15 years ago, and Millsaps deserves celebration for stealing a game it probably should have lost, I immediately identify with Centre just as much on Saturday.

It wasn't the only crazy finish of the day, but it was the most improbable. If only there were somewhere we could find win probability percentages for D-III games. Long story short, Millsaps won a game in which everything needed to go right in the final three minutes; for Centre, everything -- even simple handoffs -- went wrong. Those burn for years, and the only way to rectify it is when they play next season.

Long story long, as I wrote on Saturday: Millsaps scored 11 points in the final two minutes, then caused a Centre fumble during a go-for-the-win two-point conversion attempt, and improved to 9-0 with a 28-27 overtime win. Centre had stopped what seemed like Millsaps' final gasp, a fourth-and-7 pass with 2:59 left. But Zach Bell caused Harry Meisner to fumble, and Nick Arnold returned it 27 yards to the 6-yard line to set up a Majors touchdown. Zak Thrasher scored with 1:50 left, completed a two-point conversion pass to Calvin Shaw, and Millsaps got the onside kick. Then after scoring first in overtime, Centre went backwards, hit a 36-yard pass and then a 3-yard scoring toss. Then, down one, it went to Meisner again to win it.

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Adam Turer

Adam Turer graduated in 2006 from Washington and Lee University, where he was a two-year starter at free safety. He lives in Cincinnati and covers area high school sports in addition to his full-time job as an attorney. Adam has contributed to since 2007 and is in his first season writing Around the Nation after spending four seasons writing Around the Mid-Atlantic.

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