The longest rushing play in Super Bowl history at the time sealed an already-lopsided affair — the Raiders big over Washington. Allen, the game’s eventual MVP, added to his record-breaking total and ended the third quarter with an all-time highlight. The field-reversing, defense-dusting burst would have been impressive in any game, let alone the biggest.
The fake spike than led to the interception wasn’t the only play which Roethlisberger and Tomlin expounded on Tuesday:
1. Big Ben said the Steelers were still debating on whether to call timeout after JuJu Smith-Schuster’s long catch and run, but referee Tony Corrente assumed he was calling for a stoppage. While video clearly showed Roethlisberger signaling, Tomlin said the quarterback was merely asking the sideline if he should use the team’s final timeout.
2. After the Jesse James touchdown was overturned, Roethlisberger threw a short pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey who was tackled in bounds. Big Ben lamented that the Steelers didn’t have more than one play called in that scenario: “I wish we would’ve called two plays. I wish we had two plays ready to go,” he said, via Kinkhabwala.
“It’s an honor to be able to be chosen with all your peers,” Bennett, whose off-field work includes initiatives aimed at combating obesity and expanding educational opportunities, said of his Man of the Year nomination. “I’m honored to get this opportunity to be a nominee for this organization, because there are so many guys who do so much work. It’s incredible.”
Bouzarth and Hutson have discovered that in the regular season, “teams with particularly high betweenness are typically involved in major nonconference upsets.” Studying the NCAA tournament since 2007, they’ve also found that among strong underdogs, high-betweenness teams have won an average of 1.3 tournament games, nearly twice the average for low-betweenness teams (0.68). And within this highly chaotic group, the teams that played best were strong on defense and on the offensive glass, like Syracuse in 2016 — a 10-seed that made the Final Four.
Among this year’s would-be Davids, Western Kentucky really does stand out, ranking 27th in the country in betweenness, the highest of any mid-major likely to make the NCAA tournament. The Spartans rank among the top 20 percent of all NCAA teams in betweenness and employ all kinds of the high-risk/high-reward tactics that help long shots win — they pressure opponents into turnovers, launch a ton of 3s and crash the offensive boards.