With less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, in one of best college football games you will watch all season, West Virginia junior running back Martell Pettaway took the handoff, found a nice hole, and plunged forward for seven yards. It definitely wasn’t the biggest play of the drive, but it certainly turned out to be the most obscure.
Ask anyone about the Texas-West Virginia game, and they will likely tell you all about the two late touchdowns, the gutsy two-point conversion for quarterback Will Grier in the final seconds, and the unsportsmanlike penalty before the Mountaineers escaped with a 42-41 victory over the Longhorns in Austin, Texas. Yet, it was that run from Pettaway that produced something quite new.
In an attempt to push the pile, WVU sophomore left guard Josh Sills fell forward. It just so happened that his helmet hit Texas freshman Anthony Cook’s foot so perfectly that the defensive back’s cleat got stuck.
No, seriously, in a heated game, this actually happened.
The full play starts at the 2:32:55 mark here, too:
Have you ever seen anything like it? That a defender’s cleat would just get lodged in an offensive lineman’s face mask?
What’s even crazier is the blooper was in a key moment and actually served as a quick breather for West Virginia as it started moving into Texas territory.
Cook was forced to get the helmet off Sills, sit on the ground, and remove the cleat.
“GET YOUR FOOT OUT OF MY FACE!” Legendary play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson said during the replay.
Everyone knows how the game ended, and it was incredible, but the drama of the game certainly made most of us miss one of the more bizarre moments you will ever see.