The play-by-play sheet from Penn State’s 27-14 win over Buffalo sums up the Bulls’ first punt of the game like this:
4-20 UB 24 GRASSMAN, Tyler punt 48 yards to the PSU28, Allen, Mark return 0 yards to the PSU28.
Oh, but the play was so much more exciting than that.
On it, Nittany Lion defensive back Troy Apke found a gap between the snapper and guard. He raced through it and encountered no resistance from the up men, one of whom appeared to be blocking air.
With a clear path to Grassman, Apke went in for the kill … and missed. He looked very much like some crazy matador charging a … well … Bull, only to slide by just to the side.
The ball came out cleanly and — with a bounce — covered 48 yards and was not returned.
What very well may have been a punt block for a touchdown and early lead instead ended up shifting field position.
PSU coach James Franklin talks about the near-miss and we show images of the play above.