The Open Man countdowns to the 2018 college football season with 129 — in honor of the 129 programs participating in the Football Bowl Subdivision this year — things we love (and some we hate) about the sport. Click the 129 Things tag to see every entry.
You know what’s super dope about being a sports fan in 2018? We have technology; and not just because tech has enabled us to on our couches in front of a TV or at a sports bar.
Technology in 2018 has blessed us with Sports Twitter, and with it has come one of my absolute favorite things – sports hashtags. And I’m not talking about your standard #FightOn or #DontbRuinYourLife or whatever; I mean the hashtags that speak to the proclivity for futility that certain programs have.
I give you: #CougdIt and #Clemsoning. Now, people often use these interchangeably, but they convey totally different things.
As defined , “Coug’d It” means, “a self proclaimed ironic aberration of the reversal of good fortune attributed to the Washington State football team. Whereby, a sudden or unexpected mistake causes the team to lose at the end of the game akin to ‘snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.’”
The Washington State Cougars have a knack absolutely laying an egg with the game on the line. The Cougars do it so often that it’s as much a function of college football season as is the Crimson Tide absolutely rolling all over, well, everyone, really:
— Carter Draper (@drapar_14) November 26, 2017
A loss to Rutgers at home due in part to a 4th quarter fumbled punt? A textbook Couging. #cougdit
— A$AP ZURG (@takimoto23x) August 29, 2014
Hey, a former Washington State quarterback throwing a game-ending pick-six to a former Oregon Duck. Some things never change. #Cougdit
— Brandon Sprague (@BrandonSprague) October 4, 2013
only Wazzu could rough the kicker and fumble the return on the same play #cougdit
— Nicklaus Affolter (@Affynity) November 13, 2010
— TJ in PDX (@TeejPDX) October 14, 2017
The most notorious example of a time when Wazzu #CougdIt? Look no further than the 2013 New Mexico Bowl. Washington State had a 15-point lead over the Colorado Sate Rams with 4 minutes and 37 seconds left in the game. The victory was theirs. It was in the bag. Even after a 9-play, 72-yard scoring drive to bring the score to 45-37 with 2:52 left, there was nothing CSU could do to win the game.
So Washington State did it for them. A fumble at their own 31-yard line forced the Cougars to give the ball back to the Rams, who quickly scored, tying the game at 45 after a successfully 2-point conversion. On the ensuing kick return, Washington State coughed it up again, setting Colorado State up for the game-winning field goal.
And that, my friends, is how to Coug It. It was a master class in foolery!
#Clemsoning on the other hand? It really means the opposite. Also defined by Urban Dictionary, , “fail miserably on a grand athletic scale, or when the stakes are high.” It’s also defined as “record-setting failure, usually reserved for college football,” and we will come back to that part later. To be fair, Clemson hasn’t even Clemson’ed in the past few seasons, having won the national championship over Alabama, 35-31, in dramatic fashion two seasons ago. But the verb still stands as a reminder of their incredible collapses in recent memory:
— Jalen Reeves (@JalenReeves_10) January 2, 2018
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) January 2, 2018
Had a punt return for a TD…now instead it’s just a touchback #Clemsoning
— Someone’s An Idiot (@SomeonesAnIdiot) September 10, 2016
— Beat Clemson (@BeatClem) October 3, 2015
Tiger fans will remember tragically Clemson’s tilt with conference rival Florida State in 2013 that ended in absolute disaster. Clemson was ranked No. 3 while the Seminoles were No. 5, and it was expected to be an intense game (as all rivalry games are) in Death Valley.
Florida State had other plans and handed Clemson a 51-14 beat down that also set an NCAA record for largest margin of defeat for a home team ranked in the Top 3. The 51 Florida State points also set a record for most points surrendered at home for any Clemson team in history.
A tremendous accomplishment for Clemson, really.
Because of social media sites like Twitter, these expressions that were once just verbally communicated now take new life – and new jokes – online during college football season. And it is just the BEST. For sports fans, using hashtags like these – and using the correctly, mind you – is proof that you’re in the exclusive fraternity of people who love sports.
And the impending 2018 season means another year to create new hashtags making fun of other teams’ failures. I am SO READY for it!