He rolls ... he passes ... he affects the point spread.
Aside from the acrobatics of the catch, aside from the counterintuitive play call, aside from how ... aesthetic it looked in those gray helmets and neon socks, it was the Vegas action that made Oregon's 4th-quarter two-point conversion in last night's BCS National Championship game interesting—to some people at least.
With a bold pass that tied the game in its final minutes, Oregon QB Darron Thomas entered another play into the alternate, monetarily significant history of big games maintained only in the heads of gamblers. Here's a shaky video of the conversion:
No, the Oregon Ducks didn't win the national title. No, they didn't even cover the spread.
What they did, however, was serve up one of the game's most exciting plays ... to the distinct pleasure, ironically, of anyone who bet on Auburn.
Oregon fans jumped up and cheered. So did gamblers who had taken Vegas's 2.5-point spread favoring the Tigers.
With two and a half minutes left in the game, the Ducks held the ball just a few yards away from the Auburn end zone, trailing 19-11. They managed to score a touchdown on a daring shovel pass, bringing the game to 19-17 ... and overtaking the 2.5-point spread.