Mac may have returned last week, but Wednesday night was the night that #MACtion officially regained its rightful place in our hearts and minds.
Western Michigan topped Toledo, 41–38, to improve to 2–0 in the youth season. But the final score tells very little about how it ends up telling the story.
Fast forward the last three minutes – Toledo scored a touchdown to take a 38-28 lead, capping a drive that featured a fourth-and-11 conversion from the Western Michigan 15-yard line, which Was aided by a curious place. Official and (A) First down marker bent).
The Broncos then tackled with no timeouts, and immediately went on an 11-play, 70-yard touchdown drive that took 2:09 off the clock. Kicker Thiago Kapps missed the extra effort to keep the score at 38–34.
The Kapps immediately recovered to give the Broncos their last chance by kicking atonement for their mistake.
Western Michigan gave up 44 seconds at its 49-yard line. The Broncos advanced to the Toledo 9-yard line in three plays when quarterback Caleb LB found D’Aven Eskries for an 18-yard gain. Eskridge was tackled into the boundary, and the Western Michigan offense got to the scramble line to bounce the ball strictly and stop the clock. Then, it happened:
Dan Marino is smiling somewhere. The Toledo secondary was unaccounted for by Broncos wide receiver Jaylen Hall, who must have felt like an eternity to come to Albie.
The ripple effect of this game will almost certainly be minute. There are no college football playoff implications to consider, and the eligibility requirements have been correctly waived this year. The game ended near midnight eastern time, so there was also the possibility that many people could actually witness its glory in real time.
But in the midst of a season that once appeared dead in the water and is struggling to cancel epidemic-induced games on a week-to-week basis – the perfect aspirational to yield for Western Michigan’s daunting odds (or , Very little) at least, you will see Wednesday night’s sports movie on live television).
Once and forever, long live the #MACtion.