"We need two blockers." With four words, a chain of events triggering the weirdest, yet most under-the-radar, play of the game began to unfold.
Many of you probably watched the extra point get blocked and thought, "here we go again." It's understandable: Washington State's struggles with kicks, and extra points, have been well-documented. But there was a very good reason it happened this time, and it began with those four words.
Most of the time, the kicking unit is ready to go. But when a linebacker intercepts a pass and cruises 67 yards for a touchdown, plans go out the window. What followed was a Chinese Fire Drill, of sorts, ending in the blocked extra point.
The culprit? None other than quarterback Marshall Lobbestael. But he wasn't the holder: he was on the line as a blocker. And he didn't have the foggiest idea of what to do. It's not often a quarterback hops in the trenches as a blocker.
Lobbestael had a good sense of humor about it after the game while saying he was mad at himself, and the kick would keep him up at night. He happened to be in the wrong place at the right time, wearing a helmet on the sidelines as the Cougars yelled out for another blocker.
Rest assured, this won't be happening again. And that, friends, is the lighter side of the game.