There is a lot of college football played in any given season, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a game crazier than what the state of South Dakota and southern Illinois have delivered in the Valley. Missouri Saturday. The undefeated Jackrabbits faced off against the Salukis in what was widely seen as a top-notch clash in FCS action, and he turned out to be a barn burner.
The game of the game, however, came at the expense of the Salukis after attempting a trick in the red zone. Trailing 20-14 at the end of the third quarter, southern Illinois running back Javon Williams Jr. took 4th and 2nd in 2nd and looked like he was keen to throw the ball into the end zone. However, an open man never materialized and he did his best to reach the end zone in the more traditional sense, in terms of position.
What followed was nothing less than chaos.
Williams was hit just before the end zone and sent into the air. He also lost football, which was recovered by Malik Lofton. He took off the other way, hurtling down the field for a 97-yard touchdown that gave the Jackrabbits a 28-14 lead. As the announcer indicated, there were flags all over the pitch, but none of them made an impact on whether this game took place and was called up as well.
Incredibly, this game was just part of a wild back-and-forth game that saw the Salukis win in overtime, 42-41. Bottom line: the rules of college football, man.