ESPN Calls Wyoming Comeback The ‘Bad Beat’ Of The Year
If you bet on Air Force to cover the three-point spread against Wyoming last Saturday, you may have a gambling problem. Wyoming's fourth-quarter comeback was hailed as the worst bad beat of the season by ESPN Sportscenter host Scott Van Pelt last night.
Ahead by 13 points late in the fourth quarter, Air Force looked like a safe bet against the Pokes. Even after Wyoming scored two touchdowns to take a one-point lead with 1:09 left, the Falcons were still a lock to cover.
Then the wheels fell off for Air Force. On the next play, Wyoming linebacker Logan Wilson intercepted Air Force quarterback Donald Hammond III. Three plays later, Air Force was out of timeouts. Instead of taking a knee, Wyoming gave the ball to Xazavian Valladay who ran for a 27-yard touchdown.
Adding insult to injury for gamblers, Air Force declined a holding penalty on the play, giving them one last chance to rally for a game-tying drive with 45 seconds on the clock. Two plays later, Cowboys safety Andrew Wingard picked off Hammond and the bad beat was complete.
Fans in Laramie called it the "Miracle in the Snow". If you had money on the Pokes, the win was even sweeter.