Best Weekend of Football Ever? 10/29/21 By: Tyler Wied
Texas A&M fans rush the field after knocking off #1 Alabama (Texas A&M Division of Marketing & Communications)
In what has been such an entertaining and pleasing football season, we may have just had our best weekend yet. With wild college games on Saturday, to an NFL game in London on Sunday, and a performance for the ages on Monday night, this weekend was special.
Let’s start off on Saturday. The day was started off with arguably the game of the year in the Red River Rivalry between #6 Oklahoma and #21 Texas. For those of you who don’t know, the Red River Rivalry is one of the longest going rivalries in college football, as the two teams have played every year since 1929. Texas and Oklahoma have played a total of 117 times, but this game might’ve been the best. In the beginning, Texas got out to a red hot start and took a commanding 28-7 first quarter lead. Oklahoma stormed back however, and benching Heisman favorite QB Spencer Rattler for freshman Caleb Williams was a shocking move but turned out to be a spark. Going into the fourth quarter, Oklahoma had narrowed the Texas lead down to just 11. That’s when Oklahoma’s offense exploded, scoring 25 points. Oklahoma wide receiver Marvin Mims had a spectacular diving touchdown catch with 7:25 left to tie the game up. Now that Oklahoma had shaved away the Texas lead, they kept their foot on the gas all the way to a 55-48 final score. This was the highest scoring game in the Red River Rivalry and the first time in school history that Texas blew a 21-point lead.
Ranked teams Coastal Carolina, Cincinnati, Baylor, Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Kentucky also cruised to victory over the weekend.
Saturday also featured some nail biters. #17 Ole Miss beat #13 Arkansas in a 52-51 thriller when Arkansas scored as time ran out, but failed on the two-point conversion. Wake Forest kept their undefeated season alive with a 40-37 OT win at Syracuse. Iowa beat Penn State 23-20 in a thrilling top-4 matchup. However, many people questioned whether Iowa would’ve been able to win if Penn State starting QB Sean Clifford didn’t get injured. Michigan won at Nebraska in a back and forth game that boosted Michigan’s playoff resume.
In the nightcap, #1 ranked Alabama went into Kyle Field and played unranked Texas A&M. Kyle Field had a crowd of 106,815 fans that night, second highest in A&M history. Led by quarterback Zach Calzada, Texas A&M was able to keep the game close. With 3:25 left, A&M scored to tie the game. Soon after, Alabama had their own chance to win the game but ended up punting. During the next possession, A&M drove back down the field and put kicker Seth Small into position to win it. And that’s exactly what he did, as he made a 28 yard field goal as time expired. In celebration, A&M fans stormed the field to congratulate the players after pulling off the biggest upset in this years’ college football season.
This past weekend of college football was one of the most unforgettable in our lifetime, with big upsets, back and forth games, and even a Wisconsin win (!!!).
In the NFL, the Jets and Falcons played in London in the first international NFL game since 2019. The Patriots, Vikings, and Chargers all had come-from-behind wins, and the Bills beat the Chiefs in a matchup of AFC heavyweights.
The Aaron Rodgers-led Packers defeated the Bengals in one of the craziest games you’ll ever see. The game featured some of the worst kicking of all time. There was a combination of five missed field goals in the fourth quarter and OT by Packers kicker Mason Crosby and Bengals kicker Evan McPherson. Crosby, despite his kicking woes, ended up hitting the game winner in overtime and the Packers won 25-22.
Packers players celebrate with Crosby after he hit the game winner vs Cincinnati (AP Photo/ Emilee Chinn)
To wrap up the week, the Colts traveled to Baltimore to play the Ravens on Monday night. At one point in the fourth quarter, the Ravens were down 16 points, but that’s when Lamar Jackson took the game into his own hands—rushing and passing for over 500 total yards and leading the Ravens to a 31-25 overtime win.
There wouldn’t have been a better ending to the weekend than Lamar putting the Ravens on his back in one of the most special and dominant games a quarterback has ever played.