Fake it huh. This is going to be a hot topic of discussion because it seems like anyone could kick a 22 yard field goal, which leads me to believe that Fitzgerald wanted to end the game RIGHT THEN instead of going into double OT. Personally? I don't go for it - the Wildcats had a tough defense and an offense that was picking up first downs. But who am I to question Fitzy? I love the way NW plays.
9 lives. I sweated through two shirts during the last 25 minutes of this game. Auburn rushed the field three times, I think. Kafka's non-fumble, Demos' missed field goal 1, Demos' missed field goal 2...There were so many "I don't believe it" plays, the true mark of a great game. Markshausen's non-fumble fumble that got illegally booted by an Auburn player into Kafka's hands...the momentum turning fumble on the kickoff return by Auburn...Kafka's game tying touchdown on a deep ball with a minute left in regulation...the wild fake field goal to end the game...
One of the better ref'd games I've seen. The crew, utilizing instant replay at every given opportunity, refused to blow calls that greatly affected the game. The kickoff return fumble that should have given NW the game? Correct. The Kafka fumble when the ball hit the ground first? Correct. The non-catch in OT that negated an illegal kicking by Auburn? Correct. Even the roughing the kicker penalty when Demos got knocked out of the game? Correct, in spite of the fact that the Auburn defender never went after Demos, only sliding on the wet turf. (Is there a 5 yarder in CFB?)
Kafka threw the ball 84 times. Is this bad? I don't know, but I love that NW could come back with a vengeance against a team with superior athletes.
Speaking of, superior athletes, Auburn laid out big hits and used their speed to take a two touchdown lead. But that magical spread offense, filled with wide receivers straight out of my Miami (OH) rec league team, kept the game competitive.