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Hoffman goes high, SUU outdoes BYU, Aggies break through, and some failed celebrations

Hoffman goes high, SUU outdoes BYU, Aggies break through, and some failed celebrations



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SALT LAKE CITY — What an awesome weekend!

College football, NFL opening weekend, lots of cool video and some entertaining highlights.

Welcome to fall.

Hoffman goes high

If you were too busy with your Saturday afternoon honey-do list, you missed what has become typical from BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman.

But just because he makes it look easy, doesn't mean it's not impressive.

Against Weber State, Hoffman went up and over the Wildcat cornerback to snare a 37-yard pass from Riley Nelson for the game's first score.

Hoffman caught six passes for 110 yards in the 45-13 win; his 7th career 100-yard game.

SUU's Morgan tops HoffmanNot to be outdone, Southern Utah's Cameron Morgan made what is likely the best catch of the weekend... college or pro.

Just before halftime against Cal Thunderbirds' quarterback Brad Sorensen throws up a "Hail Mary" to the back of the end zone.

Cal's Marc Anthony tips the ball up allowing Morgan to grab it, one-handed, while somehow keeping his feet inbounds.

Talk about concentration and coordination... and maybe just a little bit of luck?

Unfortunately, SUU lost the game 50-31, but Morgan may end up with the catch of the year.

Aggies break through

It's been a long time coming, but after a 12-game losing streak to their "brothers" the Utah State Aggies finally broke through with a victory over one of the Pac-12's newest members, the Utah Utes.

And it started with a break through on the Utes' first punt of the game. Zach Vigil broke through the Utah line and blocked Sean Sellwood's punt and Clayton Christensen recovered it in the end zone for the game's first score and set things up for the upset.

It took overtime, but the Aggies held on.

Relive the drama with this well-produced highlight package from our boys at KSL TV.

Crossbar drama

Speaking of drama, we had our fair share in the NFL as well.

But in one game, that drama involved the same crossbar, twice.

Just before the end of the first half, the San Francisco 49ers were hoping to put a few more points on the board, and felt they had a better chance of accomplishing that with their kicker, David Akers, instead of their quarterback (Alex Smith).

Good call, despite what happened in the SUU-Cal game, rarely does a "Hail Mary" work, but it took a fortuitous bounce.

Akers' line drive kick was on target, but doubt remained about it's distance until it bounced off the crossbar and through the uprights.

Akers celebrated like the Gramatica Brothers, just minus the awkward injury.

Akers' 63-yard kick tied an NFL record for longest field goal.

The three other kickers to hit 63-yarders were Denver's Jason Elam in 1998, New Orleans' Tom Dempsey in 1970 and Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski in 2011.

Kind crossbar, not so kindWhile that crossbar was extremely kind to Akers, it was less than polite to his teammate, tight end Vernon Davis.

After catching a touchdown from Smith to extend the 49ers lead to 23-7, Davis went for the slam dunk celebration.

However, instead of putting it through the uprights, Davis slams the ball right into the crossbar and falls to the ground.

Ouch! At least the Niners won the game.

Failed celebration, part 2

While Davis' celebration was nothing to brag about, I give him an A for effort.

The Patriots' Rob Gronkowski, on the other hand? Hmm, maybe a C, maybe.

A catching a fade pass into the end zone from Patriots' pretty boy Tom Brady, Gronkowski gets up to spike the ball, but as he brings it back, it slips out of his hand and falls helplessly to the turf.

Gronkowski is so befuddled, he doesn't even go for a second attempt.

He just stares at his gloves.

Yep, blame the equipment.

Line judge Shannon Eastin runs on the field during the first quarter of an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the St. Louis Rams in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Line judge Shannon Eastin runs on the field during the first quarter of an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the St. Louis Rams in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

NFL firstWith the type of history the NFL has, you don't get to many firsts nowadays.

But, during the opening weekend Shannon Eastin became the first woman to be an official in an NFL regular-season game, working as the line judge in the Rams-Lions matchup Sunday.

"It's a great milestone," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said after his team beat St. Louis 27-23. "But we didn't think about it all during the game."

And to tell you the truth, that's probably how she - and the league - want it.

The 42-year-old resident of Tempe, Ariz. has worked as a referee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference - college football's second-highest level - and has 16 years of officiating experience.

"I hope to show it really doesn't matter if you are male or female," Eastin said last month.

Mission accomplished.

Pro view from GoPro

GoPro released a video of Patriots' wide out Brandon Lloyd running through some drills while strapped with some GoPro cameras.

GoPro video is pretty cool anyway, but it's neat when it's strapped to a helmet and pads.

Graydon Johns

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