Saturday, December 27, 2014

One of the best onside kicks you'll ever see (almost)

Just a short while ago Penn St. attempted this near-flawless onside kick against Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium:

I've always wondered why you don't see this style of onside kick more often.  However, I think it should be taken to even more of an extreme--just kick the football as high and short as you can (almost like a bad punt) and create a jump-ball scenario.  I know that's got to be very difficult to do off a tee, but I feel like placekickers could figure it out with a little practice.

Also, the strange thing about this attempt by Penn St. was that they were up 7-0 halfway through the first quarter when they tried it. That's the kind gimmick you go for when you're a huge underdog looking to pull off a big upset, not when you already have an early lead in basically a pick 'em game.

Unfortunately for the Nittany Lions the "receiver" stepped out of bounds as he caught the ball, BC got possession at the 48-yard line, and the Eagles scored the game-tying touchdown two plays later.

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