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Can't-miss Moments: Top 10 plays of CFB season's first half


The first half of the 2014 college football season had its share of thrills, and we have some exciting moments to prove it. Here are the College Football 24/7 team's picks for the top 10 plays of the first half. Think we missed one? Discuss it in the comments.

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10. USC Hail Mary on last play of first half against Oregon State

Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian said he's never been a part of a Hail Mary in person, but that changed on Sept. 27. USC QB Cody Kessler dropped back, heaved the football into the end zone and sophomore WR Darreus Rogers came up with it to score a surprising touchdown that left Beavers defensive coordinator Mark Banker speechless.

9. Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's diving interception vs. Michigan State

Ekpre-Olomu, one of the top cornerback prospects in the country, ended any hope of a Michigan State comeback in the teams' non-conference showdown in Week 2 by covering plenty of ground through the air during a diving interception off a deflection.

8. Nebraska WR Jordan Westerkamp's behind the back catch vs. FAU

Your Catch of the Year came all the way back in Week 1, when Westerkamp used some intense concentration to haul in this behind-the-back grab along the sideline.

7. Ohio State coach slams fan onto field

OK, this technically isn't a play, but we're still counting it. A student rushed the field at the Horseshoe during Ohio State's Sept. 27 game against Cincinnati but wasn't counting on assistant strength coach Anthony Schlegel intervening by slamming him down to create a social-media sensation.

6. UCLA backup QB Jerry Neuheisel throws a touchdown to Jordan Payton against Texas

Neuheisel, the son of Rick (a UCLA QB legend and the team's former head coach), was pressed into action against Texas in Week 3 after an injury to starter Brett Hundley. After a tough first half, the backup came into his own in the second half and lofted a perfect pass to Payton along the sideline with three minutes left to beat the Longhorns in Dallas.

5. Arizona's Hail Mary to beat Cal

The Wildcats scored 36 points in the fourth quarter, including a last-second Hail Mary, to storm back and beat California in Week 4. Redshirt freshman quarterback Anu Solomon found Austin Hill in the back right corner of the end zone for a win as wild as you'll see.

4. Georgia RB Todd Gurley's kickoff-return touchdown vs. Clemson

Clemson had put together a pair of nice touchdown drives to take the lead in Athens, but Gurley showed his playmaking ability isn't limited to offense, taking a rep as a kick returner and going 100 yards like he was shot out of a cannon in Georgia's Week 1 win.

3. Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah scores on screen play to beat McNeese State

McNeese State had Nebraska on the ropes late in Week 2, so the Cornhuskers decided to turn to their star tailback with the game on the line. With less than 40 seconds on the clock, Abdullah takes a short pass in the flat, bounces off about 100 defenders and finds paydirt to get his team the win.

2. Arizona State "Jael" Mary to beat USC

The Sun Devils were about to drop to 0-2 without starting QB Taylor Kelly on Oct. 4, but backup Mike Bercovici just wouldn't quit. Playing a few miles from his hometown, the ASU quarterback stunned the Coliseum crowd when he lofted a deep pass toward the end zone that saw Jaelen Strong cut in front of a pair of USC defenders to snag the pass and walk into the end zone as time expired for a huge upset win.

1. Senquez Golson's interception vs. Alabama seals Magnolia Madness

Oct. 4, 2014 will be a day few in the state of Mississippi forget. After MSU destroyed a top-10 team in Texas A&M earlier in the day, it was Ole Miss' turn to take center stage. Thanks in part to a dominant defense, the Rebels upset SEC heavyweight Alabama thanks to a game-sealing, acrobatic interception by Golson in the back of the end zone with just seconds left in the game.

You can follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter at @BryanDFischer.



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