The Citadel gifted South Florida a touchdown with the worst punt in college football history.
Matt Campbell, the punter for The Citadel, just gave a clinic on how not to punt from your own endzone.
It might be the worst punt in the history of college football.
Just watch and try not to cringe.
The trouble started when the junior let the snap go through his fingers. He had the presence of mind to quickly stoop down and pick up the lost ball, but his scrambling attempt to boot the ball away was an utter disaster.
The ball skimmed off his foot, flicking up into the air and into the arms of South Florida’s Omar Dollison for an easy touchdown.
USF had their own touch of special teams trouble when they missed the extra points, so the flub only cost The Citadel six points. It did, however, leave them trailing 13-6.
The Citadel can normal rely on its punter. On Saturday they couldn’t.
Here’s the thing, Campbell isn’t a bad punter. He’s actually been an exceptional one.
He was First-Team All-Southern Conference in 2019 and 2018, as voted by both the coaches and the media. He has twice led the conference in punting average at 44.4 and 44.1 yards per punt. Over the last two years, he has downed 35 punts inside the 20-yard line.
Campbell’s only other punt in the first half against USF went 41 yards.
It turns out, Saturday was just a bad day to be a Matt Campbell. Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell can attest to that. He saw his No. 23 team upset by Louisiana, 31-14, early on Saturday. The punter Campbell might not have been able to see the signs then, but at least he’s not alone in his misery.