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'Cats lay down the boom

Video of Linfield punt return goes viral

Dec 3, 2013 | has video

(News-Register Sports Dept.)  Linfield erased a 14-point halftime deficit at Maxwell Field Saturday to defeat second round opponent Hampden-Sydney College, 31-21. 

The momentum swung in the Wildcat's favor following a punt return by Mac High graduate Spencer Payne that featured three decleating blocks. The video of the play posted to YouTube has gone viral, with the Seattle sports radio station KJR and the national sports website Deadspin first linking to it, followed by ESPN's The Dan Patrick Show and myriad other sports media outlets.

KJR posted the video with the headline, "The Craziest Play You DIDN'T See This Weekend," while the Deadspin commentary discusses the play in terms of player safety and fan reactions to big hits in football.

The YouTube video has over 170,000 hits as of this post. It's the second Linfield video to spread across the nation this season, following a funny video of a squirrel invading the coaches' offices.

Of course, one must wonder, after the hoopla from the big hits subsided, did the team give Payne a hard time for getting tackled by the punter? 

The No. 2 Wildcats (11-0 overall) advance to the Division III quarterfinals, where they will play No. 5 Wisconsin-Whitewater, the No. 1 seed in the region. Kickoff is slated for 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time at Perkins Stadium on the Wisconsin-Whitewater campus.

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