Presented by the U.S. Marine Corps
CELEBRATING LATINO VALUES AND THE MARINES WHO LIVE BY THEM
K Alan Moore, Faulkner
Wearing an old-style square-toed shoe that was common when he first played, the 61-year-old Moore kicked the first successful extra point of the season for Faulker University, thus becoming the oldest player ever to appear in a college football game. Moore, a grandfather of five, had previously kicked for Jones College – back in 1968 – before heading off for the Vietnam War later that year.
The senior citizen, now retired and living in Florida, broke the record set by Tom Thompson, who was also 61 when he kicked off for NCAA D-III Austin College in 2009 but was younger than Moore by mere months. Afterward, Moore said of Faulkner, an NAIA school in Alabama, “They gave me an opportunity that many wouldn’t have.”
WR Roy Roundtree, Michigan
Roundtree (pictured) caught only one pass all game, but his timing couldn’t have been any better. With just two seconds left, the redshirt junior hauled in the 16-yard game-winner, giving the Wolverines a dramatic 35-31 home victory over Notre Dame.
Immediately following the Irish’s go-ahead TD with all of 30 ticks remaining, QB Denard Robinson led Michigan on a 3-play, 80-yard drive, capped by Roundtree’s grab over a defender on the right sideline of the end zone. Michigan trailed 24-7 entering the fourth quarter, but exploded for four TDs in the final frame, the last of which came from Roundtree, who led the program in receptions each of the past two seasons but had to wait until the final moments to make an impact in this one.
S Ryan Smith, Auburn
On the final play of the game, with No. 16-ranked Mississippi State facing a fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line and only 10 seconds left, Smith – a Tigers backup who’d yet to record a single tackle on the season to that point – made a ferocious goal-line stop against a diving Chris Relf, the Bulldogs’ 240-pound quarterback who kept the ball on an option.
“You don’t really have time to think,” Smith said afterward of his impressive solo takedown, “you just make the play.” The game-saving tackle preserved a 41-34 upset win at home for Auburn, who entered the game unranked despite being defending national champs.