Boston College had no clue as Villanova executed its fake punt play. Also confused, was the ESPN cameraman who nearly missed the play altogether. The play can be watched in the video below.
The Wildcats quickly jumped out to a 7-0 lead in Chestnut Hill, Mass. with a well-planned fake punt in the first quarter of the Saturday game.
With Boston College looking for a punt play, Villanova’s wide receiver Jamal Abdur-Rahman received the snap just a few yards off the line of scrimmage. He then placed the ball on the ground and mimed snapping it back to another teammate, who sprinted toward the home sideline. With the Eagles’ special teamers in pursuit of his teammate, Abdur-Rahman went the other way and ran nearly untouched for the 47-yard score.
“Nobody knew he had the ball but now he has the end zone,” ESPN announcer Ryan Ruocco shouted.
Despite being hoodwinked by that early fake punt play, Boston College would secure a 24-14 victory at the end of the game.