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Best of Week 5: An on-field wedding and a one-handed, one-shoed catch

Sep 29, 2018

  • Dave WilsonESPN Staff Writer

      Dave Wilson is an editor for ESPN.com since 2010. He previously worked at The Dallas Morning News, San Diego Union-Tribune and Las Vegas Sun.

Week 5 is here and we’ve got some really big games. As always, we’ll be updating all day Saturday. Here we go.

One and only

We’ve already seen two Odell-like one-handed grabbed today. And they are both pretty great.


Trace McSorley tosses a 31-yard pass to Juwan Johnson, who leaps high and snags the ball with one hand.


Sam Houston State’s Davion Davis leaps to make a tremendous one-handed catch for a 22-yard gain.

But then Boise State’s John Hightower’s did the one-handed thing with one shoe.


John Hightower leaps and makes an incredible one-handed snag down the sideline while his shoe is falling off.

Love is in the air

ESPN’s Sam Khan Jr. makes his wedding announcement debut with this dispatch from the Texas Tech-West Virginia game in Lubbock:


A couple exchange vows and are married during halftime of Saturday’s Texas Tech game.

For richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, even if the Red Raiders are getting smoked…

That was the scene during halftime at Jones AT&T Stadium. No. 25 Texas Tech was getting routed 35-10 by No. 12 West Virginia, but at least there were two happy Tech fans in the building, because it was their wedding day.

At midfield. Of the Tech game.

The ceremony came complete with the lucky couple dressed in standard wedding attire (bride in a white dress, groom in a suit), a wedding party, and Texas Tech mascot Raider Red walked the bride down the 50-yard-line to give her away. Vows were read as the couple held hands and the Goin’ Band from Raiderland stood on the field, with the entire ceremony broadcast on the video board.

As the groom kissed the bride, the stadium erupted in cheers … one of the few times on Saturday that those dressed in red and black had a reason to do so up to that point.

Only in Texas, y’all.

Beautiful stuff from Sam. Note that the Red Raiders, clearly inspired by the emotion of the day, scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to put a scare into West Virginia.

Meanwhile, on College GameDay on Saturday morning, there was an engagement from Happy Valley!


A Penn State fan takes the leap and surprises his girlfriend with a marriage proposal on College GameDay.

He meant to do that

Georgia’s Isaac Nauta allows his man to force a QB fumble, then picks up the ball on a bounce and takes off for a touchdown.

Touchdown of the year. pic.twitter.com/hYmBmuNJis

— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 29, 2018

The people’s champ

When Georgia Southern coach Tyson Summers was fired last year after an 0-6 start, the Eagles turned to assistant Chad Lunsford as interim to finish out the season. After losing his first three games, Lunsford led the Eagles to a 52-0 win over South Alabama and a 34-24 win at Louisiana-Lafayette, leading to this joyous, rasslin’-inspired People’s Elbow on a folding chair.

“It’s GREAT to be an EAGLE on a Saturday night after a BIG WIN!” –@chadlunsford#ShowUpShowOut 🦅 pic.twitter.com/GZl5Cysqra

— #GATALifestyle (@GATALifestyle) November 26, 2017

He got the full-time job two days later.

This year, Georgia Southern is 2-1 with wins over South Carolina State and UMass, a 38-7 loss to Clemson, and faces 3-1 Arkansas State today at home (6 ET, ESPN+). Excitement around the program is clearly on the upswing, stoked by the grass-roots marketing Lunsford does, taking his #EaglesElbow around campus to get student organizations, like this fraternity, in on the action.

We’re on a New Level 😱@GSUsigmachi 🔋 pic.twitter.com/QEIqd55xQK

— #GATALifestyle (@GATALifestyle) September 25, 2018

And it’s become contagious in Statesboro, with volleyball coach Dustin Wood even adopting it.

That feeling when you get the first conference win of the season🤙🏼 He learned from the best!! @chadlunsford@GSAthletics_VB#GATApic.twitter.com/3gIWQqdzLG

— Ryan Tuten (@Ryan__Tuten) September 29, 2018

That’s cold

Before the 2015 season, Dan Mullen’s defensive coordinator, Geoff Collins, left Mississippi State to become the defensive coordinator at Florida, which Mullen derided as a “lateral move.” Bulldog fans lapped it up like it was frozen custard or something.

When Mullen left for his “dream job” at Florida, fans in Starkville remembered, and man, did a frozen custard shop throw that right back in his FACE.

Dan Mullen used to order the same off-menu creation each time he visited the Starkville frozen custard drive-thru called Bop’s: vanilla concrete, topped with chocolate syrup, caramel, chocolate chips and M&Ms.

Bop’s named it The Mullen.

It’s now called The Lateral Move. pic.twitter.com/2hulLDSLWL

— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) September 26, 2018

That is at least pretty clever, though. A couple of others were a little less subtle. A local company ordered 500 of these rather straightforward T-shirts and they sold out in a few days.

If you’re looking for a shirt to wear to the MSU/Florida game, @MaroonAndCo has you covered.https://t.co/a6FGYwIxF0pic.twitter.com/YLkL7pE5n6

— Brandon Walker (@BWalker_SEC) September 18, 2018

And a coffee shop got in on the act with a little misdirection.

Well then pic.twitter.com/Udpfs8W14P

— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) September 28, 2018

Just repeat about 120 times

Tulane beat Memphis 40-24 on Thursday night while also wearing new helmets with a giant rendition of their angry wave/face mascot thing. They’re pretty darn cool, but look how much work they are for these nice equipment folks!

We know, we know… you’re loving our new helmets.

🎥 Take a look at how each one comes to life:

(Skills provided by @HighDEVINition8 of @TulaneEquipment.)#RollWavepic.twitter.com/TnWOpC6YSl

— Tulane Football (@GreenWaveFB) September 27, 2018

The homer highway

Before Texas A&M and Arkansas met at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the Texas Department of Transportation clearly took sides, with fans seeing digital signs all over major roadways in the state.

According to KAGS in Bryan, Texas, Marc Williams, deputy executive director for TxDOT, is an A&M alum from the class of 1990. He says they try to come up with creative signs to get attention and combat distracted driving. But what of the people taking pictures of the signs?

On the way to @ATTStadium ? @TxDOT reminds you to drive safely. @TAMU@AggieFootball@RazorbackFB#GigEm#DriveSafe 👍👍👍 pic.twitter.com/pPUen453YQ

— Marc Williams, TxDOT (@MarcWilliamsTX) September 28, 2018

He snuck a little rivalry zinger out there on Twitter, too.

…Thinking that for the signs on I-30 from #Arkansas we should have said to keep the tin cans and string down too 🤔 pic.twitter.com/peidB0K6Wr

— Marc Williams, TxDOT (@MarcWilliamsTX) September 28, 2018

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