Tom Bowl XXI ends in six-way scoreless tie
It was a bitterly cold day that greeted fans for Tom Bowl XXI and its unprecedented six team game. The game featured all five undefeated teams from 2009, Alabama, Boise St., Cincinnati, TCU and Texas. In addition, to round out the teams, an invitation was extended to Emory University who is currently sporting a 119 year unbeaten streak*. There were no major injuries reported although it was darn cold. A new record for youngest person to attend a Tom Bowl was set at this year's game. Attendance: 14
How did this work?
To avoid several weeks of travel and pesky extra games Tom Bowl XXI featured a unique six-team overtime winner takes all format. Each team faced each other using the current college football sudden death rules. Each team got one series of offense and one series of defense in a round-robin format. In the end, each team would have five turns on offense and five turns on defense. If there was still at tie after each team had its chance, than a second round of overtimes would ensue between the remaining teams. The team with the most points at the end would be declared the winner and true national champion of college football. However, being that none of the six teams arrived, none of this was needed.
*Unbeaten streak may date back to 1836.
The sudden death game rotation was set as follows: