Michigan, TCU’s College Football Playoff hopes saved by kickers

College kicks are their own thing, with their own hashtag invoked on social media every week. They’re insanely mortal and lovable people, capable of missing a lot of kicks that are routinely made at the NFL level. But college players can be heroes, too, and a pair of them saved their team’s undefeated seasons within minutes of each other Saturday afternoon.

At 3:12 p.m. ET, Griffin Kell sent a 40-yard field goal through the Waco air and through the uprights at McLane Stadium to lift TCU past Baylor. At 3:33 p.m., Jake Moody kicked a 35-yard field goal in the air for Ann Arbor with a strong wind at his back to make the save Michigan against Illinois. Under enormous pressure, the children succeeded.

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