I saw it, and still canít believe it

When Kirk Gibson hit a World Series homerun, a radio broadcaster unleashed the infamous line, ďI cannot believe what I just saw.Ē

That line came to mind time and time again as the points continued to pile up at the Tarleton homecoming football game Saturday.

If someone had told Tarleton Head Coach Sam McElroy his team would score 63 points, that his quarterback would tie the conference record for touchdown passes in a game, that his defense would pick off three passes, and that his team would lose, he would have laughed.

Would you have blamed him?

Nobody could have forseen this.

Ok, so coming in, we all knew both teams were brilliant offensively. Abilene Christian was averaging over 40 points per game, and Tarleton wasnít far behind. But 133 points? Remarkable.

There were mixed emotions on my part, because while I was disappointed the Texans were unable to remain undefeated, but at the same time, was elated to witness the greatest football game Iíve ever seen.

Of course, I donít coach defense. Iím sure defensive coordinators Darian Dulin at Tarleton and Jason Jones at Abilene Christian are both looking for a way to brainwash their units and convince them this game never happened. Neither defense made many pleasant memories Saturday.

But the offenses made plenty. Tarleton had a pair of receivers, Shamarr Prentice and Devin Guinn, combine for over 300 yards receiving.

Abilene Christian had a running back, Bernard Scott, re-write the school and LSC record books by rushing for 283 yards and six - count Ďem six! - touchdowns. He ran for all four Wildcat scores in the fourth quarter.

There were runs - 28-0 by Abilene, followed by 21-0 by Tarleton to tie it.

There were turnovers - a lot of actually, considering it appeared that both teams scored every time they touched the ball.

There was a win - by Abilene Christian who needed it badly to have any hope of making the playoffs.

There was a loss - the first of the season for Tarleton. Although I find it unfortunate that any team had to lose such an amazing contest.

But most of all, there are memories - of arguably the greatest head-to-head explosion in the history of NCAA Division II football.

Would you have blamed him?

Nobody could have forseen this.

Ok, so coming in, we all knew both teams were brilliant offensively. Abilene Christian was averaging over 40 points per game, and Tarleton wasnít far behind. But 133 points? Remarkable.

There were mixed emotions on my part, because while I was disappointed the Texans were unable to remain undefeated, but at the same time, was elated to witness the greatest football game Iíve ever seen.

Of course, I donít coach defense. Iím sure defensive coordinators Darian Dulin at Tarleton and Jason Jones at Abilene Christian are both looking for a way to brainwash their units and convince them this game never happened. Neither defense made many pleasant memories Saturday.

But the offenses made plenty. Tarleton had a pair of receivers, Shamarr Prentice and Devin Guinn, combine for over 300 yards receiving.

Abilene Christian had a running back, Bernard Scott, re-write the school and LSC record books by rushing for 283 yards and six - count Ďem six! - touchdowns. He ran for all four Wildcat scores in the fourth quarter.

There were runs - 28-0 by Abilene, followed by 21-0 by Tarleton to tie it.

There were turnovers - a lot of actually, considering it appeared that both teams scored every time they touched the ball.

There was a win - by Abilene Christian who needed it badly to have any hope of making the playoffs.

There was a loss - the first of the season for Tarleton. Although I find it unfortunate that any team had to lose such an amazing contest.

But most of all, there are memories - of arguably the greatest head-to-head offensive explosion in the history of NCAA Division II football.

Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at brad.keith@empiretribune.com.