WASHINGTON, D.C. – While millions tuned in on New Year's Day to watch Division I college football bowl games, a yearly tradition, one Division III team had a chance to rub shoulders with the big programs on the national stage. Gallaudet University was featured in the Images of 2010 feature made by ESPN's College GameDay, the national college football preview show, depicting the best plays of the year in college football.
"Whenever your football team can be featured on ESPN and especially College GameDay it is truly an honor," said Gallaudet football coach Chuck Goldstein. "I am very proud and thankful of ESPN to consider our play for its Images of 2010. To be the only Division III program featured in the package is a testament to our team and University."
Gallaudet's miraculous interception play was featured, albeit briefly, in the four minute and 14 second feature. The GU play is shown at the 3:36 mark in the feature with an announcer saying "One of the most acrobatic interceptions you will ever see in your life."
Gallaudet splashed onto the national stage during the last week of September when the 17-second clip of the interception play went viral on YouTube with over a million views in two days. The play received press from Yahoo, Yahoo Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, D3football.com and locally in the Washington Post. The play finished the week as the No. 2 Play of the Day on ESPN SportsCenter's for Thursday, September 30.
The video highlight shows Gallaudet breaking up a pass by Castleton State College in the third quarter of a 31-28 home loss on September 25. Sophomore linebacker Tom Pangia (Hammonton, N.J.) got a hand on the ball initially to break-up the pass. The ball looks to be heading out of bounds but sophomore defensive back Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.) leaps in the air, going out of bounds, and throws the ball back in bounds where fellow sophomore defensive back Shelby Bean (Arvada, Colo.) grabs the ball and returns it six yards to the Castleton 38-yard line.
A similar interception took place on November 27 by Oklahoma State University sophomore cornerback Broderick Brown against the University of Oklahoma precedes the Gallaudet play in the ESPN feature.
ESPN producers say the Images of 2010 feature will run a few more times during the bowl season leading up to the BCS championship game on January 10. Please check your local listings to see when ESPN's various college football shows will air in your area. You can also view the feature on YouTube.