Bo Pelini will be coaching in a championship game. And while it won’t be with Nebraska, it’s still a big accomplishment thanks to this insane last-second touchdown catch for Youngstown State.
Trailing by four with only seconds left, Youngstown State had one play to score a touchdown and beat Eastern Washington. Quarterback Hunter Wells found tight end Kevin Rader for a 5-yard touchdown catch to get the win.
But this was no ordinary reception. Rader pins the ball to the back of the Eastern Washington player, like Tyrone Prothro did for Alabama in 2005. The touchdown gave the Penguins a 40-38 win.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 18, 2016
Catch of the Year!!
— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) December 18, 2016
Naturally, college football twitter erupted after the catch.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 18, 2016
HE PROTHROED IT!
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) December 18, 2016
— Fake Bo Pelini (@FauxPelini) December 18, 2016
Catch of the year!!!
If it stands!!! Last play of the game for the WIN!!! And they advance to the FCS Finals!!!
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 18, 2016
Youngstown State and Pelini take on James Madison for the FCS championship. The last time Pelini coached in a national championship game was back when he was the defensive coordinator for LSU in the national championship game following the 2007 season.