PHOTO: NORTH TEXAS ATHLETICS/RICK YEATTS
TOP PERFORMER: WEEK 3
KE EGAN BREWER, NORTH T EX AS
Once in a while, it’s all about a single play—one
revolutionary, perhaps foolhardy idea that turns a nonheadline
game into a mainstay of the highlight shows for
generations to come.
In a move the New York Post called the “craziest, gutsiest
football play of the year,” Keegan Brewer of North Texas
pulled an all-time bluff on a fair catch of a first-quarter
Arkansas punt. This wasn’t a fake fair catch where a player
kinda sorta raised his hand and fooled the defense (which
would be illegal); Brewer simply used body language and
After fielding the 27-yard punt from Arkansas’ Blake
Johnson, with four Razorbacks bearing down on him and
one right in his face, Brewer caught the ball as if he had made
the fair catch signal, then sold a bit of nonchalance, like he
was pleased with his catch and ready to walk to the sidelines.
The Razorbacks all pulled up short—any of them could have
blasted the vulnerable Brewer into next week. Instead,
according to Brewer, one of them casually commented to
him how strange it was that the ref hadn’t blown the whistle.
“Yeah, that’s weird,” Brewer might have remarked before he
suddenly took off 90 yards untouched for a touchdown and
celebrated with his Mean Green teammates en route to a 44-
17 win over the demoralized SEC school.