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Video: How Did Villanova’s Fake Punt Work? Answer: They Were Playing Boston College

Sep 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT


Kudos to the Villanova Wildcats for employing an original fake punt that worked to the tune of a 47-yard touchdown run. It’s not every day you see a real snap, followed by a fake snap/fumblerooski thing, followed by an I-have-no-idea-what’s-going-on-because-the-camera-lost-sight-of-the-football.

I was prepared to be impressed, but I couldn’t quite figure out how this actually worked. Then it came to me: they were playing Boston College. It should have been obvious. Sure, Enrico’s alma mater may have beaten up on the local defenseless Division I-AA university 24-14, but seeing as the Golden Eagles or whatever they are were 2-10 last season, it may be the win of the year for that school. Let them have it.

Nova meanwhile is poised to make a run at a National Championship against the programs they are actually expected to compete with. You can read more about that here.

  1. Ramon - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Was that the Annexation of Puerto Rico?

  2. DOOPerman - Sep 1, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Fumblerooskie, fumblerooskie, fumblerooskie!

  3. Reindog - Sep 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Abdur-Rahman took the initial snap then placed the ball on the ground and faked a snap to another player. The ball should have been blown dead when he placed it on the ground. I think the refs blew this one.

    • Dabe - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      Why would the play be blown dead if his knee isn’t down, idiot

    • BenE. - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      This isn’t volleyball dude

    • nyphilsphan - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      I do enjoy a good qurter of Racquet-sports rules football every now and then.

  4. Mad Max - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Whoever the young one is who said it was “Original play” by Villanova, doesn’t know his football history. The credit goes to the great Nebraska Cornhuskers Coach, Tom Osborne. They used the fumblerooski back in a game well over a decade ago. I think it was in a bowl game but Im not sure. I do know that the TV announcers knew about it ahead of time and even called it the Fumblerooski.

    • Andrew Kulp - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      I didn’t call it an “original play,” I called it an “original fake punt.” Everybody’s heard of the fumblerooski, but has it been used on a punt before? Exactly like this one? I suppose it’s possible this exact fake punt has been conceived of and even executed before, but I admit I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Still can’t believe it worked.


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