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Gary Putnik | NCAA.com | January 9, 2022

Weirdly executed fake field goal evolves into touchback punt in FCS title game

Montana State fakes a field goal, punts for touchback in FCS championship game

On Montana’s State’s first drive in the 2021 FCS national championship game, the Bobcats got into a 4th & 2 situation after their starting QB Tommy Mellott was injured. This led to an usual situation. 

It would’ve been a 45-yard kick if kicker Blake Glessner had attempted it. Instead, his place holder tossed it back to him and Glessner proceeded to punt it into the end zone for a touchback — meaning the Bobcats earned a net gain of only eight yards. Glessner's longest kick this season is 54 yards.

You can watch the play above, or right here.

On the opening kickoff in the game, North Dakota State kicker Jake Reinholz slipped and kicked it out of bounds, so the wet field conditions could’ve played a part in any decision making.

North Dakota State promptly drove 80 yards in 11 plays to strike first for an early 7-0 lead. The Bison continued to roll from here, beating the Bobcats 38-10 for their ninth title in 11 seasons.

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