Sometimes a college football game isn’t determined by who wins but rather by who doesn’t lose.
Take Arkansas’ 24–23 victory over Alabama in 2006 as an example. The host Hogs took advantage of a nightmarish day by Tide placekicker Leigh Tiffin. The freshman missed three field goals, including two potential game-winners, and the PAT after Alabama’s TD in the second OT.
The Razorbacks also scored a TD on their possession in the second OT. But unlike Tiffin, Arkansas kicker Jeremy Davis — who missed a PAT of his own in the third quarter — split the uprights, sending the Hogs to victory.
What didn’t kill Tiffin made him stronger. He was a first team All-American on Alabama’s 2009 BCS championship team and now lives in Birmingham where he works as, of all things, a kicking consultant.
He’ll be watching his alma mater travel to Fayetteville again this upcoming Saturday when No. 1 Alabama plays an Arkansas team coming off a loss to Louisiana-Monroe. Leigh Tiffin profile