The UCLA Bruins moved to 3-0 in the 2022 college football season on Saturday. The Bruins topped Sun Belt foe South Alabama, 32-31, in front of yet another laughable crowd at the Rose Bowl.
But it wasn’t without some help from the Jaguars.
South Alabama led 10-6 after the first quarter and took a 17-13 lead into the break. The Jaguars extended that lead in the third quarter and look in a good spot to come away with the victory.
But then USA head coach Kane Wommack made a decision that he’s probably going to wish he’d had back.
South Alabama Tries Hilarious Fourth Down Play That Ends In Disaster
The Jaguars held a slim 31-29 lead with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Faced with a fourth-and-2 from the UCLA 23-yard line, Wommack sent out his field goal team.
South Alabama initially lined up in a field goal formation before flexing out into a heavy shotgun formation. From that point on, nothing went according to plan.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING pic.twitter.com/iW05Kcbbr6
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) September 17, 2022
South Alabama quarterback Carter Bradley took the snap, ran right, and looked to pass before tucking the ball and running. Tanner McGee then sacked Bradley back at the 34-yard line and UCLA took over on downs.
The Bruins proceeded to march 61 yards in 10 plays and 2:52. Nicholas Barr-Mira then drilled a 24-yard field goal as time expired to give the hosts a walk-off, 32-31 victory.
… 𝙏𝙊 𝙒𝙄𝙉 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙂𝘼𝙈𝙀.
Take a look at Nicholas Barr-Mira's game-winning 24-yard field goal, as time expired at the Rose Bowl.#GoBruins pic.twitter.com/Ip65bzHKP5
— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) September 17, 2022
But all anyone could talk about after the fact was whatever South Alabama was trying to do on fourth down.
South Alabama: https://t.co/SfiRGEou0W pic.twitter.com/DZD2P8v4cx
— Romi Bean (@Romi_Bean) September 17, 2022
One of the worst decisions in college football history. https://t.co/mBkElamofZ
— Theo Marshall (@ImTheoMarshall) September 17, 2022
My stomach hurts watching this. Love that Fun Belt spirit, though. https://t.co/6HUGjcJXCY
— Joseph Goodman, Sports Enthusiast 🎟🍺 (@JoeGoodmanJr) September 17, 2022
Wommack now has a nice cross-country flight back to Mobile, Alabama to think about his decision.
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