College football often fills our Saturday’s with moments that toe the line between reality and satire, but it’s not often that we’re graced with a moment so absurd that it has to be seen to believe.
On Saturday, Nebraska punter Caleb Lightbourn provided us with one of those moments. Down four nearing the end of the first half against Minnesota, Lightbourn delivered a short, high punt. The ball travelled less than 20 yards in the air before taking a massive bounce backwards. So massive, in fact, that the ball landed behind the original line of scrimmage. The end result of the kick — a minus-2 yard punt.
Nebraska punted for -2 yds… pic.twitter.com/JzHkD5ZcXP
— Vikings Blogger (@firstandskol) November 13, 2016
Making matters worse, the bad punt allowed Minnesota to drive down the field inside of 2 minutes and kick a field goal to take a touchdown lead into the half.
Needless to say, that might slightly affect Lightbourn’s average yards per punt, which was 40.28 coming into the day, ranking 81st in the country.
Lightbourn’s wasn’t the only gaffe by a Big Ten punter on Saturday, either.
In a tight one against Michigan, Iowa punter Ron Coluzzi had a chance to be the hero. After a high snap, Coluzzi faked a run to the right before cutting back to the left with nothing but open space ahead. Coluzzi took a few steps toward the first down marker before tripping over his own feet, taking quite the tumble as he fell short.
— Heavens! (@HeavensHawkeye) November 13, 2016
If nothing else, at least he got Michigan freshman linebacker Devin Bush ejected for targeting at the end of the run.