Oregon, Michigan State trade special teams blunders in ugly Redbox Bowl finish

Oregon and Michigan State struggled to score on a windy day in Santa Clara in the Redbox Bowl, and the final minutes of the game featured a few hilarious special teams blunders.
Oregon, clinging to a 7-6 lead, drove to the Michigan State 28-yard line and only needed a field goal to force the Spartans to have to score a touchdown at the other end. Instead of going for three, the Ducks ran a questionable double fake – they first lined up for a field goal, then a punt. The only issue? The Oregon center didn’t block anyone, and a two-man rush shut down the play in roughly two seconds.

Remember that horrific fake punt the Colts tried years ago against the Pats?
Oregon clearly does not. pic.twitter.com/hFyKM2OP5O
— Lee Benson (@LeeBensonNews9) December 31, 2018

Michigan State took over and drove to the Oregon 32-yard line to set up a potential game-winning field goal – but kicker Matt Coghlin never got the chance to kick the ball. Quarterback and holder Brian Lewerke fumbled the snap and wasn’t able to tee up the ball in time for Coghlin to kick it – forcing the QB to escape with the ball and look for a potential pass. Lewerke couldn’t find a target, and the Spartans turned the ball over on downs.

Oh no #SpartanDawgs pic.twitter.com/mopf9DxGVu
— Zach Ozbun (@ZachOzbun) December 31, 2018

That expression tells you all you need to know about Michigan State’s botched FG attempt. #RedboxBowl pic.twitter.com/16X6MhEtaL
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 31, 2018

Michigan State would still get one more chance – but the Spartans were lucky to keep possession of the ball on a nervy punt return.

That was a close one pic.twitter.com/Re3GUcy1vL
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) December 31, 2018

Michigan State went backwards on the ensuing drive, losing two yards in three plays before Cody White dropped a pass on fourth down that would have extended the game.

Summarizing the first half of the #RedboxBowl: pic.twitter.com/C00zLLkMeM
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 31, 2018

The Redbox Bowl O/U is 44.5 pic.twitter.com/akBrOPDsPX
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) December 31, 2018

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