Mexican college football: Intense battle for playoff spots with three overtime games

The competition in the Liga Mayor de Football Americano is reaching its climax, and every game is turning into a crucial showdown in the fight to secure a spot in the playoffs. With only eight out of 14 teams advancing to the postseason, the pressure is at its peak. In this thrilling round, three exciting overtime matchups demonstrated the teams’ passion and determination.

Key matchups

Borregos CCM made it clear that they desire a spot in the playoffs by defeating the Borregos from the city of Guadalajara with a score of 13-3. This victory strengthens their chances of advancing to the playoffs for the first time. Pumas CU is seeing their chances diminish as they suffered their second consecutive defeat, with a score of 41-21 against Borregos Monterrey.Leones UAMN gave an additional push to second división Potros UAEM, who are yet to secure a victory this season, by dominating with a resounding 35-0 win. In an exciting clash, Borregos Puebla secured a 43-30 victory on the road against Burros Blancos IPN, with a standout performance by Fernando Mayen #24, who scored three times.

In one of the most unexpected encounters of the round, Linces UVM, who initially appeared as underdogs, faced Borregos CEM in a game that kept everyone on the edge of their seats. What made this game particularly exceptional was that both Joshua #2, playing for UVM, and Mateo Scott #0, playing for Borregos CEM, scored touchdowns for their respective teams. The intensity of this matchup was such that it required three overtime periods to determine the winner, leaving spectators with their hearts pounding and proving that in American football, anything can happen on the field.

The best game of the year so far took place in the Clásico IPN vs. UNAM. In this encounter, Águilas Blancas were leading 30-3 against Pumas UNAM Acatlán at halftime. However, a spectacular comeback by the Pumas turned the tide, with the score at 37-30. The league’s two top quarterbacks, Mike Patiño #4 of Águilas Blancas and Johan López #16, delivered a high-scoring game. Additionally, Pumas’ running back, Husein Santillán #35, once again showed why he is a candidate for MVP of the year. The game ended in a 37-37 tie at the end of regulation, and it extended into overtime, where it took eight overtime periods and nearly four hours of play to determine the winner. Águilas Blancas ultimately secured a 59-57 victory by stopping Acatlán’s final conversion.

In the National Conference, the Indios de UACJ caused an upset by defeating the favored Lobos UAC. The score was tied at 16, and in overtime, the Lobos scored first to take a 23-16 lead. However, the Indios went all-in and converted a 2-point play in the first overtime series to win 24-23.

Other notable results in the National Conference

Búhos del IPN had a heart-stopping moment when visiting the University of Chapingo. The Toros had the chance to tie the game with a 2-point conversion, but unfortunately, they missed, leaving the final score at 14-12 in favor of the Búhos.In a historic game, the newly formed Jaguares UTECI pulled off their first win in the ONEFA league, surprising the Halcones UV with a score of 21-13.

Conference Results:

North Conference: Águilas UACH 65-0 Cimarrones UABC; Zorros CETYS 40-17 Potros ITSON.

Bajío Conference: Borregos Qro 36-21 Cardinals UIW; Leones UA Qro 27-8 Lobos ULM; Tecos UAG 54-0 Redwolvs U Arkansas St. Qro.

Central Conference: Leones UA Cancún 43-15 Lobos BUAP.

These thrilling results showcase the intensity and unpredictability of the Liga Mayor de Football Americano as teams fiercely compete for a spot in the playoffs. The battle is at its peak, and each game is an opportunity to prove who deserves to advance in this exciting season.