“Gallaudet invented the huddle, uses a drum to signal the snap count and loses a lot of games,” the AP’s Joseph White wrote this week, in a lengthy profile of the Bison’s upstart football program. “For years, those were the only things anyone seemed to know about the football team at the university for the deaf and hard of hearing. This year’s Bison are dispelling more than a few perceptions with a shot at the first NCAA berth for a men’s team in school history.”
The team was 7-0 and leading all NCAA schools in average time-of-possession entering Saturday’s action. But the undefeated mark seemed toast when host Becker lined up for a short field goal with the score tied and just two seconds left.
You know what happened next. Gallaudet blocked the field-goal attempt and returned it 79 yards for a walk-off score and a 40-34 win. The Bison remain undefeated. More from D3Football.com:
With the Bison facing a fourth and 18 from their own 30 yard line, they were forced to punt. Becker partially blocked the punt, setting them up with great field position at the Gallaudet 33 yard line with 1:36 remaining in regulation.
The Hawks were able work the ball down to the Gallaudet 14 yard line, setting them up for a 31 yard field goal attempt by DeJahn Dawkins with two seconds remaining on the clock. Gallaudet freshman Chris Papacek (Cuero, Texas) blocked the kick and Ryan Bonheyo scooped the ball up, taking it 79 yards for the game winning touchdown.