The Trinity Tigers executed a 15-lateral, "Mississippi Miracle" on the last play Saturday afternoon to score the winning touchdown, stunning the Millsaps Majors 28-24 on the road to stay alive in the chase for the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title.
The play that covered 60 yards was recorded in official statistics as a 44-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Blake Barmore to wide receiver Riley Curry.
But the Tigers, battling the defending conference champions in Jackson, Miss., will always remember it as more than that.
"It was the most remarkable play I've ever seen in college football," Trinity coach Steve Mohr said in a telephone interview.
Junior receiver Shawn Thompson caught a pass over the middle from Barmore at the Millsaps 44 and started a series of laterals.
It ended with Curry picking up the final lateral off the turf and running for the score, denying what would have been a conference-title clinching victory for the Majors.
"As soon as I saw (Curry) in the end zone, I fell down and started crying," Barmore said. "I'm kind of a big baby."
What made the victory so sweet for Trinity players was that it unfolded at Harper Davis Field, where they lost 34-12 last year and were forced to watch the Majors celebrate an SCAC title.
This time, Trinity (7-1, 4-1) did the celebrating, with players piling on Curry in the end zone. The victory gave the Tigers an opportunity to control their own destiny for the SCAC championship. Millsaps (6-2, 5-1) can only hope that Trinity loses one of its final two games.
If both win out, the Tigers would hold the tiebreaker for the SCAC's automatic bid to the Division III playoffs.
Woo hoo! Go Tigers! Thanks to Chad Orzel for the heads up.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on October 28, 2007 to Other sports