If Tommy Frazier’s epic touchdown run against Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl and the “Michael Vick Experience” had a baby – with an actual pass sprinkled in – you would get the ESPY-caliber play that Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams turned in against Sacramento State on Saturday.
With his team trailing 7–3 in the second quarter and facing third-and-goal at Sacramento State’s 10-yard line, Adams took the snap out of the shotgun and was immediately corralled by three Hornets defenders. Or so they thought.
Adams broke free of the pocket all the way back at the SSU 30, stayed on his feet in spite of an attempted horse collar, sprinted right and found teammate Greg Herd in the end zone for an improbable scoring pass.
The top-ranked team in the FCS, Eastern Washington would survive, 31–28. And they can thank what might be the touchdown of the year.