Top football stadiums in the country (Part 12)

I can not think of Stanford and the University of California without thinking of “the play.”

From Wikipedia:

Joe Starkey’s call of The Play

Cal announcer Joe Starkey of KGO-AM 810 radio called the game. The following is a transcript of his famous call:[5]

All right, here we go with the kickoff. Harmon will probably try to squib it and he does. The ball comes loose and the Bears have to get out of bounds. Rodgers is along the sideline, another one … they’re still in deep trouble at midfield, they tried to do a couple of … the ball is still loose as they get it to Rodgers! They get it back now to the 30, they’re down to the 20… Oh, the band is out on the field!! He’s gonna go into the end zone! He’s gone into the end zone!!Will it count? The Bears have scored, but the bands are out on the field! There were flags all over the place. Wait and see what happens—we don’t know who won the game. There are flags on the field. We have to see whether or not the flags are against Stanford or Cal. The Bears may have made some illegal laterals. It could be that it won’t count. The Bears, believe it or not, took it all the way into the end zone. If the penalty is against Stanford, California would win the game. If it is not, the game is over and Stanford has won.We’ve heard no decision yet. Everybody is milling around on the FIELD—AND THE BEARS!! THE BEARS HAVE WON! The Bears have won! Oh, my God! The most amazing, sensational, dramatic, heart-rending… exciting, thrilling finish in the history of college football! California has won the Big Game over Stanford! Oh, excuse me for my voice, but I have never, never seen anything like it in the history of I have ever seen any game in my life! The Bears have won it! There will be no extra point!

[edit] Similar plays

The Play also provided the apparent inspiration behind the proliferation of game-ending multiple-lateral plays in the last decade. Some of the most famous game-ending lateral plays since The Play include:

[edit] “The Music City Miracle” (January 8, 2000)

Main article: Music City Miracle

The “Music City Miracle” was, like The Play, a kickoff return with a controversial lateral that resulted in a game-winning touchdown. In an NFL Wild Card Playoff game between the Tennessee Titans and the Buffalo Bills at Adelphia Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee, the Bills took a 16–15 lead on a 41-yard field goal by Steve Christie with 16 seconds remaining. The ensuing kickoff was fielded by the Titans’ Lorenzo Neal, who handed the ball off to Frank Wycheck. Faced with oncoming defenders, Wycheck turned to his left and passed the ball across the field to Kevin Dyson, who was protected by a wall of blockers. Dyson ran untouched 75 yards down the sideline to score a touchdown. Unlike The Play, NFL rules in 2000 allowed for a replay official to call for video review of any questionable on-field call in the final two minutes of a game, and such a review was immediately declared to determine if Wycheck’s pass to Dyson was an illegal forward pass. After a lengthy delay, officials determined that video evidence was inconclusive to overturn the ruling on the field, and the play was upheld as a touchdown. Although there were 3 seconds left on the clock when Dyson scored, nothing came of the Bills’ ensuing kickoff return and the Titans went on to win the game 22–16. Later, computer analysis established that Dyson caught the ball on the same yard marker that Wycheck threw it from, confirming that the pass was indeed a lateral.

The Titans special teams coach at the time, Alan Lowry, said he got the inspiration for the play from another game in 1982 between Texas Tech and SMU. The idea was to draw the kickoff coverage to one side of the field and throw the ball back across the field to the other, where a wall of blockers would be set up.

[edit] “The River City Relay” (December 21, 2003)

Main article: River City Relay

The “River City Relay” was, like The Play, a game-ending multiple-lateral play resulting in a touchdown. It brought the New Orleans Saints to within one point of the Jacksonville Jaguars with no time remaining in a 2003 regular season game at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. The Saints needed to win the game to remain eligible for the NFL Playoffs. Unlike The Play, the River City Relay was a play from scrimmage, not a kick-off return. The Relay began with :07 remaining on the game clock and consisted of a forward pass by the Saints which was caught and lateraled three times before they finally scored with no time left. However, the Relay did not tie the game or give New Orleans the lead, and it became as infamous for its aftermath as it was famous for its brilliance; after a long delay, Saints kicker John Carney missed the ensuing extra-point attempt that would have tied the game and resulted in overtime, therefore losing 20-19 to the Jaguars and being eliminated from playoff contention (although, as it turned out, other results on the same day would have eliminated the Saints even if they had won).

[edit] “The Mississippi Miracle” or “Lateralpalooza” (October 27, 2007)

The “Mississippi Miracle” was, like The Play, a game-winning, multiple-lateral touchdown play. Similar to the “River City Relay” it was a play from scrimmage, and not a kick-off return. It occurred in a 2007 regular-season contest between Trinity University and Millsaps College, both members of the SCAC in Division III of the NCAA. It took place at Harper Davis Field on Millsaps’ campus in Jackson, Mississippi (hence the name). Like the River City Relay, it consisted of a forward pass by Trinity that was caught and lateraled multiple times and resulted in a touchdown. However, the Miracle consisted of an astounding 15 laterals among seven players, six of whom touched the ball multiple times on the play, and covered 60 yards. Trinity had taken the final snap with :02 on the clock and scored after the ball was in play for over a minute of real time, possibly making it the longest play in the history of American football.[20]

Here is a list of the top football stadiums in the country.

Power Ranking All 124 College Football Stadiums  

By Alex Callos

(Featured Columnist) on April 19, 2012 

When it comes to college football stadiums, for some teams, it is simply not fair. Home-field advantage is a big thing in college football, and some teams have it way more than others.

There are 124 FBS college football teams, and when it comes to the stadiums they play in, they are obviously not all created equal.

There is a monumental difference from the top teams on the list to the bottom teams on the list. Either way, here it is: a complete ranking of the college football stadiums 1-124.


40. Stanford Stadium: Stanford Cardinal

Courtesy of Stanford University
Courtesy of Stanford University

Unlike many other stadiums, the seating capacity here was dropped from 85,000 to 50,000, as a lot of seats with obstructed views were removed.

The campus here is great, and the atmosphere here is unlike many other places in the country.

Like a lot of other college football fields, Stanford Stadium is old, having been built in 1921, but was completely redone in 2006.

The Stanford band is one of the highlights, as they put on quite a halftime show and keep the student section in it throughout.


39. Joan C. Edwards Stadium: Marshall Thundering Herd


This stadium is as good as it gets as far as Conference USA is concerned. It was built in 1991, so it is relatively new.

With a seating capacity of 38,016, this stadium packs a great atmosphere in a tiny place. The fans here are some of the best in the country.

They are also considered some of the nicest and most friendly around. This is quite a place to come on a Saturday afternoon for some college football.


38. Sun Devil Stadium: Arizona State Sun Devils


Sun Devil Stadium is home to a few different teams, and the Arizona State Sun Devils are one of those teams.

This stadium was built in 1958 and seats 73,379. It is great for any type of game, including NFL and college football.

The place can get loud, especially when the Sun Devil fans are involved. This is a great place for a college football game, no matter how good Arizona State is.


37. Byrd Stadium: Maryland Terrapins


The ACC is not known to have too many terrific venues, but Byrd Stadium is one of the better ones.

Known as Capital One Field, it was built in 1950 with a capacity of 51,500. Located just a few minutes away from Washington D.C. this stadium is perfectly located and is a historic venue on top of everything.

The stadium has played host to the Royal Family, and the fans here love to support their team by painting their faces red.


36. Bill Snyder Family Stadium


This small college town loves all of their sports teams, but particularly their college football program.

It is one of those towns who come together on Saturday to support their team.

Built in 1968, this stadium seats 52,200 people and is always jam-packed. There are not many venues in the Big 12 that are better, and when Kansas State is good, this is one of the more underrated places in the country.

The fan support here is excellent.


35. Husky Stadium: Washington Huskies


Husky Stadium was built in 1920 and seats 72,500. There are not many stadiums that are as old or as unique as Huskie Stadium.

The stands here are seemingly higher here than anywhere else in the country, and even though it is an open stadium, it is still one of the largest on campus facilities in college football.

Be sure to visit The Zone before the game to party with the locals.


34. California Memorial Stadium: California Bears


Built in 1923, this stadium seats 72,516 and is a type of a bowl stadium that can get loud during the big Pac-12 games.

The crowd here is never afraid to pack the stadium, and when California is good, this is one of the loudest venues in the conference.

This is a great place to come and watch a college football game on a Saturday.

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