20
Jan

Due to my main laptop deciding to die on me last week I am super late with the posting of this blog. But anyways the Texas Longhorns came to Glendale, AZ to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in what promised to be a great game. And boy was it! Lets get started…

What better way to start of the shoot than to run into my good buddy (haha) Tony Stewart on the sidelines. Stewart was there to serve as the games grand marshall…..

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….I guess Jared the Subway guy was already booked elsewhere?

I normally don’t shoot cheerleaders often because I don’t want to be like a lot of the creepy sideline photographers who go nuts shooting girls who wouldn’t give them a time of day but I gotta admit that the Longhorn cheerleaders outfits were HOT!

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As with every Fiesta Bowl in the past several years they had “Challenger” a bald eagle, fly in from the top of the stadium.

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Challenger landed in the endzone for a touchdown…..too bad he didn’t play for Ohio State….they would need him later in the game.

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After the National Anthem I ran over to shoot the Longhorns as they ran out of the tunnel to enter the field.

I got up close to shoot one of the players holding an American flag.

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That ended quickly as team personnel, security and sheriffs motioned for me to get out of the way I was standing in the path of the team about to run out.

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..after getting out of the way it was time for the team to enter the field.

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Nikon D3, 14-24mm, 2000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th

For the kick off the Texas Longhorns held their helmet high.

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Early in the first quarter I got a cool sequence of an Ohio State deep pass being broken up by a Texas defender. I love how in the photo below the only thing in focus is the ball.

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Below Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback (17) Todd Boeckman is hit as he throws a pass in the first quarter.

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In the weeks leading up to the game I had heard from all sorts of people how Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was worth shooting because he will be a future NFL star. Hopefully its true because I got a few pretty cool shots of him.

Below Terrelle Pryor evades Texas defenders in the first half.

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A scary moment occured when Ohio State Buckeyes defensive back (29) Shaun Lane tackled Texas Longhorns wide receiver (8) Jordan Shipley on a kickoff return in the the second quarter.

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It was a pretty hard hit and it was quite evident by teammates and trainers reactions that he was injured.

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After a few minutes a cart was brought out with a stretcher to take Lane off the field and to the medical center. If you watched the game on TV you may have seen some jerk photographer walking alongside the cart shooting hail mary shots of him being taken away. That jerk would be me.

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Below Texas Longhorns wide receiver (6) Quan Cosby evades an Ohio State Buckeyes defender.

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At halftime I got in the tunnel where the Longhorns would head into their locker room and shot Colt McCoy walking by. It made for a cool shot.

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For the second half I shot from the other side of the field and was hopeful of some better action since the first half really didn’t provide me with much.

Pretty early on I got lucky enough to shoot Texas Longhorns running back (28) Foswhitt Whittaker as he lost his shoe on a run play.

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I would love the shot much more if that damn security guard wasn’t ruining my background.

Below Texas running back Chris Ogbonnaya runs the ball as an Ohio State defender pursues him.

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Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy scored a nice touchdown when he couldn’t find an open receiver so he took matters into his own hands and ran the ball right towards me.

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Right around that point I was faced with the decision to drop my long lens and grab a wide body and potentially miss something during that time or to stay with the play through my long lens. I stayed with the long lens and it was the wrong choice as Colt continued running right at me and broke a tackle to score the touchdown. He celebrated with both arms out and was way too full frame for me.

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The below Ohio State fan wasn’t too happy with the touchdown.

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A few minutes later Texas once again was in scoring position. This time Colt McCoy dropped back looking for a receiver.

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and found wide receiver (6) Quan Cosby in the endzone for a touchdown. Cosby stopped right in front of me and celebrated the touchdown which made for a pretty nice shot.

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Ohio State finally showed signs of life and drove down field. Along the way Texas received a pass interference penalty which cause Texas head coach Mack Brown to go crazy with anger.

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Ohio State was finally producing some offense and was on the verge of scoring a touchdown.

It came at the hands of quarterback Terrelle Pryor, but not the way you would think. Instead of throwing a touchdown he decided to catch one.

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Ohio State would score another touchdown to take the lead (the photos are too boring/crappy to post)

They would then go for a two point conversion.

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Nikon D3, 80-200mm, 2000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th

Initially it appeared Terrelle Pryor caught the pass for the successful 2 point conversion but there was a penalty on the play and it didn’t count.

Only two minutes remained in the game with Ohio State leading by 4 so Texas would have to drive down the entire field and score a touchdown to win this game.

Actor and Texas alumni Matthew McConaughey stood on the sidelines nervous.

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Colt McCoy got to work as he orchestrated the long drive downfield.

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And with 16 seconds remaining he threw a pass to wide receiver (6) Quan Cosby who dove it into the endzone for the game winning touchdown.

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McCoy celebrated as he walked off the field.

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Nikon D3, 400mm, 2000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th

He then sat down on the bench and reacted silently.

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The silent celebration was short lived as the clock hit zero icing the dramatic come from behind victory.

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As myself, and the mass of photographers began to run to the center of the field shooting the celebration one unlucky photographer fell to the ground. Luckily he wasn’t trampled on. Be sure to click the below photo to see the full sequence.

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McCoy briefly met with and embraced Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor which made for a nice shot.

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Then it was on to the stage where McCoy celebrated with the Fiesta Bowl trophy.

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Once again I apologize for how late this blog was posted but I have several exciting shoots coming up in the next few weeks…..Daytona anyone??

Here are some clips from the game.

ESPN the Magazine

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Posted in Football, NCAA, Sports   | 7 Comments

7 responses to “The Longhorns ride their Colt to a Fiesta Bowl win”

  1. Evan says:

    Great set of pics again, was hoping to see something from the Eagles/Cardinals game???

  2. Tim says:

    Wow… Nice! Some kick-butt shots (some?… All)…

    Hope to see a blog about the Cards championship win! and Maybe some Superbowl photos!

  3. Dani says:

    Nice photos good work as always!!

  4. The shoe shot is great, even with the security guard!

  5. Jeremy says:

    Wow… I love the shot of the eagle!

    This is a great post. Fantastic photos.

  6. Kyle Sharp says:

    Awesome set of photos and an even better written story Mark. Love it 😀

  7. Ricky says:

    wow….Im so jealous that you get you shoot at all these events. I shoot at some division 1 college games for Binghamton University but nothing major like this.

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