I’m not sure how I feel about saving this moose in Sweden. On one hand, it’s awesome. On the other, it’s still a moose.
For those of you not familiar with the term “Moose,” it has been used for years within the sports betting world to reference a bad beat. It originated within the old school gambling forums over fifteen years ago, and has stuck ever since. (We saw a major one last night with the Dallas Mavericks failing to cover as 6.5 point underdogs in an eight-point comeback overtime win by the Boston Celtics.)
Each Tuesday, I will highlight the 10 biggest “mooses” from the football weekend from my perspective (I can’t see everything). If you had the misfortune of betting on four or more of the 10 I selected, you will be inducted into the “Sports Action Moose Club,” get some gear, and potentially win some cash if you are a “Pro” member on the Sports Action App.
Let’s get into the top 10 bad beats of Week 12…
10. Arizona/Oregon Over 77.5
Yup, an Oregon total makes the list. Again.
After Oregon took a 45-28 with 14 minutes left in regulation, over backers simply needed two field goals or one touchdown to get to the window. Here are how the fourth quarter possessions played out from that point on:
- Arizona punt
- Oregon 24-yard field goal after having first and goal at the 1-yard line. They ran for a loss, committed a false start, then threw two incompletions before settling for the field goal to make it 48-28 with 8:21 left in regulation
- Arizona turned it over on downs inside Oregon territory
- Oregon missed a 37-yard field goal
- Arizona threw an interception in Oregon territory
- Oregon ran the clock out to secure the 48-28 victory
Over backers fell two points short; they simply needed Oregon to score a touchdown on first and goal from the 1-yard line or have Oregon’s former first-team all-conference kicker connect on a chip shot field goal.
9. LSU/Tennessee Over 42
You can blame the weather for a large portion of this bad beat (watch the video below), but this was still brutal for anyone holding an over ticket.
LSU took a 30-10 with two minutes left in the third quarter. Forty total points with over a quarter to go, despite two missed field goals and a missed extra point. Over 42 backers simply needed one more field goal over the final 17 game minutes to cash their tickets.
Tennessee started the fourth quarter off set up with a first and 10 at the LSU 14-yard line. The Vols would come away with empty, eventually turning it over on downs.
LSU took over on the next drive and drove the ball inside of the Tennessee 10-yard line. They would not punch it in, but brought out the field goal team for a 25-yard field goal attempt, which would push the total over. They missed it.
Tennessee then turned it over on downs, and LSU then ran out the clock to finish off the 30-10 victory. Over backers came up two points short after zero points were scored in the final 17 game minutes. College kickers.
8. UTSA -3
Hopefully, you got this earlier in the week at UTSA -1 if you backed the Roadrunners.
UTSA led 6-0 at the end of the first half. Here are the results of the second half possessions:
- UTSA punt from midfield
- Marshall throws an interception deep inside their own territory
- UTSA loses a fumble on first and goal at the 6-yard line
- Marshall punt
- UTSA drives into Marshall territory, but eventually punts
- Marshall turnover on downs near midfield
- UTSA loses a fumble inside of the Marshall 15-yard line
- Marshall touchdown. First points of game to take a 7-6 lead with a minute left.
- UTSA kicks a game-winning field goal as time expires
Not only did UTSA blow all of those red zone chances, they decided to kick you in the gut by still winning the game by only two points.
7. Ohio State -41
Ohio State led this game 38-0 midway through the second quarter. The live line approached -60 numerous times. However, Urban Meyer decided to pull his starters in the first half. Neither team scored the rest of the first half, and the Buckeyes headed to the locker room with a 38-0 lead.
With the backups still in, Ohio State lost a fumble on their first possession that Illinois picked up and returned for a 54-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 38-7.
Urban Meyer then brought his starters back in, and Ohio State eventually jumped back outside of the number after they took a 52-7 lead with 12 minutes left in regulation.
On the next possession, Ohio State kicked it out of bounds and committed a late hit personal foul to help Illinois drive down inside the red zone for the first time all game. After Illinois’ quarterback (their third string) left with an injury, their fourth string freshman quarterback came in for his first collegiate play from scrimmage, and he naturally rushed for a touchdown to cut the lead to 52-14 with 10 minutes left. Neither team would score again, and Illinois somehow played Ohio State dead even for the final 2.5 quarters.
Illinois gained only 105 total yards on 44 total plays (2.3 yards per play), but somehow scored 14 points.
6. BC/UConn Under 51
Boston College held a 33-3 lead with eight minutes remaining, which meant under backers were in pretty good shape with two touchdowns to spare in a blowout.
However, the Eagles kept their offense on the field on fourth down inside the UConn 5-yard line even though they already led by 30 points. After a UConn penalty, Boston College ran it in for a touchdown to extend their lead to 39-3 (missed extra point).
On the next possession, UConn broke a 70-yard touchdown run, and the scoreboard showed 39-10 out of nowhere. Over backers still had a shot, but UConn eventually scored on a long touchdown pass with four minutes remaining to cut the lead to 39-16, which would hold as the final score.
5. Missouri/Vanderbilt Over 64.5
After failing to punch it in from first and goal at the 6-yard line, Vanderbilt kicked a 23-yard field goal in the final minute of the third quarter to cut the Missouri lead to 38-17. Over backers simply needed 10 points in the final 16 minutes of regulation. Here are how the remaining possessions played out:
- Missouri punt
- Vanderbilt turnover on downs after having first and goal
- Missouri touchdown to extend their lead to 45-17 with seven minutes left
- Vanderbilt turnover after having first and goal
- Missouri punt in Vanderbilt territory
- Vanderbilt ran one play before the clock ran out
Vanderbilt scored only three total points on three consecutive first and goal drives, turning it over on their last two. Over backers came up 2.5 points short.
4. WKU/MTSU Under 56
This was a 10-3 game headed into the fourth quarter that ended 41-38 in triple overtime. Enough said.
3. Kent State +17
Kent State scored on a 57-yard touchdown run in the first minute of the fourth quarter to cut the Central Michigan lead to 28-23. (The two-point conversion attempt failed.)
Central Michigan answered with a touchdown to increase their lead to 35-23 with 11:30 left in regulation. Kent State followed the Chippewas’ touchdown with a long drive into Central Michigan territory. Despite having first and goal on the CMU 14-yard line, the Golden Flashes turned it over via interception on fourth and 26 from the 30-yard line with eight minutes remaining.
However, Kent State would get the ball right back on an interception of their own, setting up another first and goal – this time at the 1-yard line. They decided to go backwards again and turned it over on downs on fourth and goal from the 34-yard line. It was the second straight Kent possession that moved from first and goal to outside of the 30-yard line to not end in points.
After all of that, Kent State backers were still covering. They even forced a punt on the next possession and took over with 3:30 left. Again, they went backwards. They turned it over on downs inside of their own 2-yard line after being sacked on three of four downs. Central Michigan would punch it in for the 42-23 victory.
Only in the MAC.
Check out all of Central Michigan’s scoring plays in its 42-23 victory over Kent State at Dix Stadium. pic.twitter.com/EWOf2AfTsa
— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) November 15, 2017
2. Browns +7.5
Just watch the video. Browns gon’ Brown.
1. Dolphins/Bucs Under 44
Tampa lining up to kick the game-winning chip shot field goal in a 20-20 game with under 20 seconds left. My under 44 is good, right? Right?!?!?!?