Watch as Westland John Glenn High, trailing 28-27, lines up for the winning field goal in the final seconds of an Oct. 2 game against Plymouth, only to have the kick blocked. The visiting Wildcats run toward their sideline and begin to celebrate, and after a few seconds of confusion, the Rockets' Tony Wilton races into the end zone for the winning touchdown.
What happened? After the ball was blocked, it never crossed the line of scrimmage and was still in play.
"I saw two [Plymouth] guys dive in there, it went off somebody's chest, I picked it up and I was standing here with the ball," said Wilton, the holder on the play. "I didn't hear any whistle and I thought nothing of it. Then I heard somebody say 'run.' There were [Glenn] guys in front of me and they [Plymouth] all ran off the field. They thought the game was over."
A similar play happened in the Northern Iowa-Iowa game in the first week of the season. The Division I-AA Panthers lined up for the winning field goal, only to have it blocked. Once again, the ball didn't roll past the line of scrimmage and Northern Iowa, with one second left on the clock, possession of the ball and a down to work with, got a second chance at a winning field goal. It was blocked and the still-undefeated Hawkeyes won, 17-16.