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Wrong Way Riegels One of college football's greatest blunders occurred during the 1929 Rose Bowl game between California and Georgia Tech. Cal player Roy Riegels picked up a Georgia Tech fumble--and scampered 65 yards in the wrong direction! He was chased down by his own teammates, turned around inside his own five-yard line, and gang-tackled by a wave of Tech players. Cal punted on the next play, but the punt was blocked through the end zone for a safety. The two points proved to be the difference in Georgia Tech's 8-7 victory. Riegels was known as Wrong-Way Riegels for the rest of his life.
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Added: 15th June 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Naomi on 2008-06-16 
From what I've read, it wasn't until he had almost crossed the goal line, with Benny Lom pulling at him, that Riegels finally realized what he was doing and tried to reverse his direction, but it was too late.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-06-16 
One lasting effect of the play was that the NCAA later amended the rules so that a player could not run with a recovered opponent's fumble. This rule stayed on the books until the 1990s.
Posted by: Classico on 2008-06-17 
Legendary Jim Marshall of the Minnesota Vikings went one step further: he crossed the goal line and threw the ball away!

Instead of being tackled by his opponents, the other team congratulated him!!! They still talk about that play here in Minnesota.
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