Kent State player hurdles opponent on fake punt, scores touchdown

Angela Sun
Kent State player hurdles opponent on fake punt, scores touchdown

Kent State defensive lineman Nate Terhune's comeback from injury this season has been nothing short of remarkable. The redshirt sophomore broke his lower right leg in the Golden Flashes' season opener against LSU on Sept. 14. He returned to action only four weeks later against Ball State with a surgically implanted metal plate and pins — all of which makes the move Terhune pulled off Tuesday night against Ohio that much more jaw-dropping.

With the Flashes up 24-13 on the Bobcats in the third quarter facing a fourth-and-3, Kent State head coach Paul Haynes called Terhune's number on a fake punt. The up-back — who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 265-pounds — took the snap and rumbled down the far sideline. Roughly 20 yards into his unlikely march to glory, Terhune did his best Edwin Moses impersonation and hurdled Ohio return man Daz'mond Patterson. After leaping over Patterson, Terhune also eluded would-be tackler Jovon Johnson and scored on a 61-yard touchdown that many who saw it won't soon forget. Perhaps the Bobcats should've seen it coming though: Terhune gained 31 yards on the first carry of his career last season — which came on a fake punt during a 31-24 victory over Bowling Green last Nov. 17.

Get out of jail free card

Terhune wasn't the only football player scoring amazing touchdowns. Dansbury (CT) High School's Elijah Duffy is also on the list. Duffy scored on an 86-yard kickoff return where he appeared to be a sitting duck on more than one occasion. But Duffy eluded each Greenwich (CT) High defender on his way to an unbelievable tally. Unfortunately, the Mad Hatters lost to the Cardinal 57-29.

What gives?

Finally, New York Knicks big man Amar'e Stoudemire has had more than his share of ups and downs recently — even receiving sympathy from teammate Carmelo Anthony last month. But we're guessing 'Melo didn't feel too sorry for his well-paid compadre after Stoudemire's utter lack of court awareness Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons. In the waning moments of the third quarter, Josh Smith faked a shot and passed to Peyton Siva — all while Stoudemire had his back to the action. The Knicks would lose 92-86.

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