Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 8/30/12

Kent State dominated Towson in the first half of their season-opening game on Thursday, but that doesn’t mean they displayed an overall mastery of the game of football. Take for instance what occurred in the play seen above. Kent State was punting to Towson, and the ball touched the returner, making it live. Kent State’s Andre Parker recovered the ball at the six-yard line, and instead of taking a few steps into the end zone for a touchdown, he inexplicably began running the WRONG WAY!

As dumb of a move as Parker’s was, a few Towson players weren’t much wiser. Two players combined to chase down Parker and tackle him inside the 30. They were immediately chewed out by their coaches for the stupid move that cost them a potential safety had Parker run the ball all the way back to his end zone.

We really have no idea how or why Parker screwed up so badly, except the only explanation might be that he didn’t think it was possible to get such an easy touchdown, and that’s why he began running the wrong way. As for the Towson players who tackled him? They were just reacting to what they saw rather than thinking. It’s the same logic that allows plays like the statue of liberty to work.

Either way, that was easily the dumbest college football play we’ve since this one last year.

H/T Hustle Belt

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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