When it comes to this point of the season, every team is pulling out all the stops to try and earn victories. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work.
The SEC provided us with a couple of hilarious botched trick plays, including one that connected a receiver with his (former) teammate. Even though Missouri picked up a win, it also had to deal with inconsistency from one of its most important units.
Here is a selection of the worst moments from Week 11 of the SEC season:
Failed trick plays
It was a strange day for creative plays in the SEC on Saturday. With so many SEC East teams desperately trying to generate offense against better defenses, there were some embarrassing mistakes.
The first came during Vanderbilt’s game against Missouri. The Tigers took a 19-0 lead (despite a pair of missed extra points) in the first 20 minutes of the game. To swing the momentum, Vanderbilt put running back Khari Blasingame in the wildcat and had him try and throw a pass to catch Mizzou off guard on fourth-and-2.
It might have worked, except Blasingame left the ball about 5 yards short, virtually throwing it straight into the ground.
Vanderbilt has Blasingame throwing from wildcat on 4th and 2. He under throws McElwain by a bunch and it’s Tiger ball.
— VandySportsDotCom (@VandySportscom) November 12, 2016
Vandy goes for it on fourth and 2.5, Blasingame has McElwain wide open, then shows why he's a RB by chucking the ball waaaaay too low
— Christian D'Andrea (@TrainIsland) November 12, 2016
Luckily, it wasn’t remotely the worst trick play of the day — that honor goes to Georgia. The Bulldogs put Terry Godwin in the wildcat and then rolled him out to throw a designed pass downfield. Unfortunately, he didn’t pay attention to whether his receiver got open.
Sometimes trick plays don't work as planned… https://t.co/gb5Na6xEaq
— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) November 12, 2016
To add insult to injury, the guy who caught it, defensive back Tray Matthews, transferred from Georgia after his freshman season. Kirby Smart might not want to try that play again.
That might have been the dumbest halfback pass in the history of halfback passes Terry Godwin.
Auburn intercepts. Tigers ball.
— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) November 12, 2016
Kentucky red zone offense
If Kentucky had beaten Tennessee on Saturday, it would have earned a bowl appearance for the first time under Mark Stoops and put itself in a great spot to earn second place in the SEC East. Even though the final score wasn’t all that close, the Wildcats were close to doing it. Kentucky shot itself in the foot — repeatedly.
Kentucky broke into the red zone six times against the Volunteers but failed repeatedly to get into the end zone. Boom Williams scored a touchdown in the first quarter from 10 yards out, but then the Wildcats failed to reach the end zone the next four trips. Three of them ended in a field goal, in addition to a fumble at the Tennessee 4-yard line.
Ultimately, Stephen Johnson added another rushing touchdown late, but the missed chances loomed large. Failing to score meant Kentucky had 16 points instead of 35, leaving 19 points on the table — Kentucky lost by 13.
Missouri field goals
Missouri kicker Tucker McCann was rated one of the top 5 kicker recruits in the Class of 2016 and seemed to be a plug-and-play addition to Mizzou’s special teams unit. It hasn’t quite worked out that way.
McCann missed a 55-yard field goal attempt as the half expired — that’s acceptable. What wasn’t acceptable was missing a 21-yard field goal in the third quarter and a pair of extra points. Missouri left eight points on the board; that would have put this game away much earlier. It was so bad Barry Odom pulled McCann, his scholarship kicker, in favor of walk-on Ben Tesson, a player who Odom didn’t seem to fully recognize in the postgame press conference.
McCann was actually booed before he missed the 21-yard attempt, which could not have helped his confidence. Missouri fans took to Twitter to voice their frustrations with their kicker.
A walk on/non-scholarship player just hit an extra point. Tucker McCann you can say goodbye to your job.
— Brian Etling (@beetling9) November 12, 2016
Tucker McCann misses a 21-yard FG wide right.
Remind me, what's the definition of insanity?
— Blake Toppmeyer (@btoppmeyer) November 12, 2016
fans booed Tucker McCann more as he walked on the field than they did after he missed. His presence offends them more than his performance.
— Aaron Reiss (@aaronjreiss) November 12, 2016
MU coach Barry Odom keeps calling on Tucker McCann to kick. McCann's keeps missing. At some point — like today — this is on Odom. Geesh.
— Jeff Gordon (@gordoszone) November 12, 2016
You have to feel for a young kid in his first season in the SEC, but at some point this becomes unacceptable. Odom acknowledged the kicking competition is open again.