Down 45-7, Campbell Pulled A Trick Play On Wake Forest For A Touchdown

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It’s been a rough year for the Campbell Camels football team, but Friday night they pulled off one of the best trick plays of the year on Wake Forest. If you’re going to get thumped 66-14 in a paycheck game, you might as well get a viral moment out of the game and that’s exactly what QB Hajj-Malik Williams and his offense did down 45-7 in the 3rd quarter.

If you think running a trick play down 38 is tacky, understand that Campbell’s season ended last night. The Camels (0-4) were one of only 17 FCS schools to play this fall and the only member of the Big South to play. Campbell was able to put together a schedule that included four road games — Georgia Southern, Coastal Carolina, App State, Wake Forest — that included a nationally televised game on ESPNU and Friday’s game on ACC Network.

That’s a big deal for a school with an enrollment of 6,500. According to the Raleigh News & Observer, Campbell football had never appeared on a nationally televised broadcast before the ESPNU game against Georgia Southern.

How was Campbell, a small FCS school with a small budget, able to cobble a four-game schedule together? Because it’s a medical school, it received a grant that covered some of the COVID test costs that allowed the school to move forward with playing.

The paydays that followed included $150,00 from App State, $325,000 from Georgia Southern and a healthy paycheck from Wake Forest that Campbell won’t reveal, according to the News & Observer.

Add in all the viral traffic for Campbell and it turned out to be a successful fall football season for a school that was lucky to play a game in the first place. Good for Campbell and good for college football. Maybe the FBS bowl system will be looking for a team to take a game in December. Campbell should stay on high alert and offer its services.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.

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