WINNING AND LOSING — After BYU was losing to Utah State and Utah was on its annual college football bye week, another local team was working doggedly to keep its season alive.
Meanwhile, in the swamps of Baton Rouge, an SEC power was getting trolled by the Sun Belt — and an NFL team felt anything but “home-field advantage.”
Here are some of our favorite moments from the weekend. As always, watch the videos above for the complete rundown.
With wins in four of its previous five matches, Real Salt Lake had surged into playoff contention with just three games left in the MLS regular season.
But it all looked in doubt down a goal (and a player) in the final moments of a road match Saturday at Los Angeles.
Enter Kyle Beckerman, whose goal at the death gave RSL a 1-1 draw with the Galaxy.
Yes, RSL stayed above the playoff line, current sitting in sixth place in the Western Conference based on goal differential. Head coach Mike Petke — rarely a guy without anything to say — was at a loss for words until RSL analyst Brian Dunseth prompted him with a reaction.
“Honestly I’m lost for words, so you will have to bear with me,” Petke said, as Dunseth prompted him. “Stones! That’s a great word there.
“Character is another word that I would like to use there. I mean, this team, they were never scared. I’m at a loss for words; I’m so damn proud of the team. They earned that, and they deserve that.”
You’ve likely heard of the coolest college football tradition in the country, or Iowa fans’ now-weekly (for every home game, at least) tradition of turning and waving from Kinnick Stadium to the patients at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
If you haven’t, watch this feature by ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi before you proceed (warning: bring tissues).
In a similar feel-good, a Utah high school football powerhouse hosted its own new tradition Friday night in Kamas.
South Summit, the top-ranked Class 2A power, hosted third-ranked Delta last Friday, but the Wildcats didn’t wear their usual green-and-white uniforms.
The Wildcats were all gold, bringing awareness to childhood cancer awareness month with a special tribute for 7-year-old Ava Woodward.
Students and parents at the high school raised $4,000 for Ava and her family — and South Summit beat the Rabbits 56-21 to improve to 7-0.
If you missed it, one of the bigger upsets in college football happened in Death Valley when upstart Troy stunned Louisiana State 24-21.
It was the second loss for the Tigers (3-2), who were routed by SEC foe Mississippi State 37-7 two weeks ago and barely held off Syracuse 35-26 last week.
The Trojans, meanwhile, improved to 4-1 before diving into Sun Belt play next week.
And after the upset, Troy’s official social media channel mercilessly trolled the Bayou Bengals on homecoming weekend.
Note to other Power 5 programs: don’t schedule Troy.
The Los Angeles Chargers are playing in a temporary stadium in Carson, California, (home of the aforementioned Galaxy) while their new stadium is being built in Inglewood.
But the former San Diego NFL team received a less-than-warm home reception in Sunday’s 26-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Yes, we get it; Philly fans travel well (and are notorious for booing their own team, and even Santa Claus).
But if there were ever a reason to move a team back to the city they once inhabited, consider this Exhibit A.
Your move, NFL.