Northern Illinois Ran Two of the Worst Fake Kicks Ever in Bowl Game Loss


Northern Illinois ran a couple of plays during Tuesday's Quick Lane Bowl game against Duke that made a surprising amount of people question whether or not Huskies Coach Rod Carey understood he was playing a real game and didn't get do overs.

The 1st was a fake punt with 4 and a half minutes to go in the 1st quarter and NIU trailing by only a touchdown. Facing 4th down and 18 yards to go and kicking out of their own end zone---the Huskies ran a fake punt with punter Matt Ference attempting to throw an out pattern pass to Trayshon Foster.

It failed---miserably.....

Though it should be noted, the Huskies rebounded from that ugly mishap and played the Blue Devils tough for a while--but two late 2nd quarter TD's left them trailing 26-14 at the half.

And then it happened again---only this time it was on a field goal attempt....

Husky kicker Christian Hagan lined up for what looked like it would be a 39-yard field goal attempt. As the ball was snapped, his holder, Josh Orne kept the ball and tried to run for a first down

You guessed it....the play did not end well....

He lost 11-yards....

I guess really at that point it didn't matter much as the Huskies were trailing Duke 26-14. The Blue Devils would score another 10-points to seal the deal, winning their 7th game of the season 36-14....

Since ESPN does not allow anyone to tweet Bowl Game highlights for reasons we totally don't understand (very few people at the game and national 1.4 rating on TV)---you'll have to watch The ACC Digital Network's highlight package to see all of these plays in action....

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