Some Saturdays in the college football season are stranger than others, and Week 9 was certainly an odd one.
There were games that turned on special teams, another decided by a safety and more twists and turns than an episode of Game of Thrones.
Here’s a look at the day that was in college football:
— Once upon a time, Hal Mumme was bringing the early version of the “Air Raid” offense to the SEC with Kentucky. He’s now coaching at Division III Belhaven (Jackson, Miss.), and today, he came up with a unique way to convert a fourth and long.
— Chris Hudgison (@ChrisHudgison) October 29, 2016
The punt hit a defender, and Belhaven fell on it. It was clever, but not enough for Mumme’s squad to beat Hardin-Simmons.
— There were upsets all over the place in Week 9, and it looked like Louisville would be caught up in the madness, considering the Cardinals faced a 25-24 deficit with under 2 minutes remaining. Lamar Jackson calmly drove the Cardinals down the field and hit Jaylen Smith with a perfectly placed 29-yard scoring strike for the game-winner.
— Athlon Sports (@AthlonSports) October 29, 2016
Of course, Virginia fans were crushed.
It was so good that even Distraught Virginia Fan couldn't help but admire Lamar Jackson's stat line. pic.twitter.com/Uh7PLRIi4f
— ESPN (@espn) October 29, 2016
— Washington also had a brush with potential defeat, but Dante Pettis’ punt return (and a few missed blocks in the back) helped the Huskies stay unbeaten.
— Travis (@tbeck08) October 29, 2016
— Florida was too much for Georgia in “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party,” but it was ESPN Gainesville reporter Savanna Collins who was in the wrong place at the wrong time on this play.
— Darwin Patterson (@SportsDarwinism) October 29, 2016
— With No. 10 West Virginia’s loss to Oklahoma State early Saturday, No. 8 Baylor was the last best hope for the Big 12 to earn a playoff bid. Texas had other ideas, taking a 35-34 win.
— Scott J. Ahearn (@AhearnMachine) October 29, 2016
What was good for Texas wasn’t great for the league, however.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 29, 2016
— Boise State couldn’t avoid the upset bug, either. The Broncos looked like they were headed to overtime with Wyoming, but Chase Appleby’s strip sack turned into a game-winning safety.
— Wyoming Cowboy FB (@wyo_football) October 30, 2016
And when there’s a safety, there should be a safety dance.
The Wyoming Safety Dance! pic.twitter.com/RtuhgYn7hZ
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) October 30, 2016
— South Carolina was more than a two-touchdown underdog at home against Tennessee, but it managed to grab a 24-21 victory. Defensive back Chris Lammons wasn’t around for the end, since he was ejected in the first half for using Jauan Jennings as a punching bag.
Extracurriculars at Tennessee/South Carolina pic.twitter.com/7tXEvJb1qt
— srs_house (@srs_house) October 30, 2016
— Meanwhile, Florida State was busy giving Clemson fits. The man responsible was running back Dalvin Cook, who made this 70-yard touchdown in the third quarter run look easy.
— SKRRT!! COBAIN® (@waheedstheWorst) October 30, 2016