There are blocks where a defender gets a hand on the ball and is able to disturb its trajectory just enough to change to course of the ball. Then there are times like the ones in today’s Vanderbilt vs. Auburn game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Just look at this fantastic effort from Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham, who perfectly timed a leap over the Auburn offensive line to successfully block a field goal.
That’s reminiscent of of Adam Sandler jumping the count on every play in The Waterboy. Incredible there was no offsides called on that play; he timed it perfectly.
Vanderbilt played well and almost pulled off an upset in this game. Auburn was expected to be without starting quarterback Sean White for the game, but he was able to make most of the passing attempts after coming in to relieve John Franklin III in the second half.
The story for Auburn was what they were able to do on the ground, though.
Kamryn Pettway eclipsed the 1,000- yard mark on the season as he added 173 yards on 25 touches.
In what was sure to be a touchdown, Pettway pulled up lame before being to reach the end zone.
Vanderbilt made it a much closer game than it was expected to be. Auburn escapes with the victory, but had they failed to beat the Commondores, Gus Malzahn hot-seat talks would have started up again.