Team laterals 15 times to win on final play

By: CBS Newspath
By: CBS Newspath

JACKSON, Miss. - Picture the ending of the Stanford-California game in 1982, without the band and with three times as many laterals. Trinity University used 15 laterals after a completed pass on the final play of the game Saturday for an unlikely touchdown and
28-24 victory at stunned Millsaps.

Now they're calling it the "Mississippi Miracle" for Trinity, an NCAA Division III team in San Antonio. There were 2 seconds left, only enough time to snap the ball once, when Trinity took over at its own 40.

Blake Barmore dumped a short pass over the middle to a wide-open Shawn Thompson, who gained 16 yards before he ran into a defender and made the first pitch to Riley Curry. Then there was another lateral, and another and another.

Curry got the ball four times. The last came after it bounced off the turf into his hands around the 34. He sprinted to the end zone, crossing the goal line 62 seconds after the ball was snapped.

In all, seven different Trinity players touched the ball, including two offensive linemen.

Back in 1982, California needed only five laterals on its game-ending kickoff return for a touchdown. That's the famous game in which Stanford's band stormed the field thinking it was over.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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