From ESPN's David Hale....
There are bad beats, and then there are the beats that cause people to give up betting for life. Oklahoma State gave us the latter Saturday. Up 19 with just more than six minutes to play, the Cowboys looked like a safe bet to cover the 11.5-point spread. Texas Tech marched 90 yards on 10 plays for a touchdown on the ensuing drive to rattle the nerves of Oklahoma State backers, but after missing the PAT, the Pokes were still in line for the cover after successfully securing the Red Raiders' on-side kick try. One problem: Dezmon Jackson couldn't hold on to the football, fumbling on the Pokes' first play from scrimmage. Texas Tech then went 59 yards for its second TD in 90 seconds. Still, Oklahoma State would have covered, but rather than helping out all the Cowboys' bettors he had just let down, Jackson took a third-down carry down the sideline for what would have been an easy touchdown -- but slid at the 4 to allow Oklahoma State to run out the clock. Final score: Cowboys 50, Red Raiders 44, and a whole bunch of broken TV screens from apoplectic bettors.
After turning an interception into a three-play touchdown drive, Georgia Southern looked to be in line for an easy cover -- leading 24-13 early in the fourth quarter -- while the under looked safe, too. Turns out, neither was quite so certain. Georgia State scored on its next drive, Georgia Southern missed a field goal, and the Panthers found the end zone again to take a 27-24 lead with 2:54 to play. And if it had ended there, both the spread and the total would have been a push. Unfortunately for backers of the Eagles or the under, Georgia Southern couldn't hold on to the football, with QB Justin Tomlin fumbling as he was sacked, setting Georgia State up at the Eagles' 21-yard line. The ensuing field goal with 1:53 to play gave Georgia State the cover and pushed the total over by 3.
Eastern Michigan was getting 6.5 points against Central Michigan and led by nine with fewer than five minutes to play. Easy win, right? OK, if graphic images make you queasy, this would be a good time to stop reading. Central Michigan pulled within two on a 12-play TD drive with 4:34 to go. EMU promptly fumbled, giving the ball back to CMU, which converted the takeaway into a field goal. CMU 24, EMU 23. Still covering. On the next play, EMU QB Preston Hutchinson threw a pick, and Central Michigan scored three plays later to go up by eight. Even then, EMU had solid field position to start its final drive, but once again, Hutchinson threw an INT. The Eagles finished the game with turnovers on four of their final six drives, including three straight to end the game and deliver one of the most brutal beats of the day.