Louisiana Tech Went From 3rd and Goal to Their Own 7 Yard Line

Published on November 26th, 2023 12:39 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

Hard to Believe Fumble involving Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State. It was September 9th, 2017, and Louisiana Tech was being humiliated at home.

Mississippi State was throttling Louisiana Tech by a score of 57-14, and there was still 13 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

There was a little bit of light for Louisiana Tech, however, as they were marching down the field against Mississippi State's backups.

It was third and goal for Louisiana Tech, and they were on the verge of making the result slightly less embarrassing.

This, however, is where things went from bad to worse for Louisiana Tech.


Louisiana Tech's quarterback took the snap from the shotgun formation, and the center whizzed the ball by the quarterback's head.

With three defensive players in pursuit, the quarterback tried to pounce on the ball but failed, sending the ball further down the field.

Players from both teams desperately tried to fall on top of the football, but there was no luck for either side, as the ball went bouncing further and further down the field.

It turned into a comedy of errors as Mississippi State's defense desperately wanted to score a touchdown. Instead of falling on the ball, the defense booted the ball down the field even more.

Finally, after a mad dash down the field, a Louisiana Tech wide receiver recovered the ball on his team's own 6 yard line.


In the end, Louisiana Tech lost 87 yards on the play, which is still the record for biggest ever loss on a single college football play.

This helped turn a really embarrassing day for Louisiana Tech into one that will likely sit in the record books for a long, long time.

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