Rutgers nearly had one of the craziest touchdowns in college football history toward the end of its game against No. 19 Indiana on Saturday.
Trailing the Hoosiers 37-21 with just over two minutes to go, the Scarlet Knights needed a few miracles if they wanted to improve to 2-0. But it appeared they got at least one prayer answered when Bo Melton scored a 55-yard touchdown on fourth-and-32 following a wild, eight-lateral scramble.
Quarterback Noah Vedral had the ball in his hands three separate times on the play, including executing the lateral pass to spring Melton, but the highlight was when offensive lineman Raiqwon O’Neal received the ball. The big man tossed the ball over his head, nearly 20 yards backwards, in a play that brought to mind Hunter Henry’s backwards heave for Arkansas against Ole Miss several years back.
Unfortunately for fans of fun everywhere, Rutgers was assessed for an illegal forward pass at some point in the proceedings, making all those laterals for naught.
Still, it was an extremely fun few moments, and honestly one of the high points for Rutgers football the past few years — last week’s win over Michigan State in Greg Schino’s second debut notwithstanding.