Oregon’s 35–17 defeat of Kansas State in Thursday night’s Fiesta Bowl was a relatively ho-hum affair. It did, however, give college football history wonks the equivalent of a unicorn: A one-point safety.
After Ducks QB Marcus Mariota scored in the third quarter to make it 31–10, K-State blocked the ensuing PAT attempt. However, because the Wildcats advanced the ball backwards into their own end zone and were tackled there, Oregon was awarded one point.
It is only the second time in FBS history that a one-point safety was scored. As fate would have it, ESPN play-by-play man Brad Nessler also called the other FBS game with a one-point safety, in 2004 between Texas and Texas A&M.
Both one-point safeties are embedded below. And now Nessler has a dynamite first line for his retirement write-up.