It’s 2020 and a college football video game dynasty exists. Yes, you read that right. SportShift Media will be bringing you all the action from a newly created dynasty mode on Doug Flutie’s Maximum Football 2020. All FBS teams are accounted for in this make believe world. You’ll be able to determine teams based on the jersey replica and the letter associated. Unfortunately the rosters aren’t anywhere near real life, this close-enough play through will give you some nostalgia of a college football video game we’ve all been craving for years. Let’s set the stage.
Maximum Football 2020 was chosen for gameplay simply due to the fact NCAA Football 14 and an Xbox 360 will run you almost $400 at this point in time. Sure, we could’ve done that and even had rosters to replicate those of the 2020 FBS football season. Instead, we used the fully customizable Maximum Football 2020 video game that you can pick up from the Microsoft Store for $29.99. The customizable depths of this game are unimaginable. Rosters, logos, teams, leagues, everything can be customized. For this play through, we chose the 130 team college football dynasty mode to bring back the excitement of amateur football.
Being closely associated with the state of West Virginia, we decided to chose Marshall as the team to lead through the first season, with hopes to land our dream job at West Virginia in the years to come. Don’t get it twisted though, this will be no walk in the park, as the first opponent on the schedule was #7 Auburn.
The Thundering Herd took the field as huge underdogs, coming into the game ranked 88th out of 130 possible teams. Auburn took the lead 7-0 on the opening drive as expected. Freshman wideout Shawn Williams returned the ensuing kickoff to the Auburn 4 yard line to setup Brenden Knox’s 4 yard TD run to even the score. This would turn out to be the theme of the game.
Auburn quarterback time and time again sliced the Marshall defense down the field to the tune of 398 yards and 7 TD’s. However, instead of trading punches with Marshall quarterback Grant Wells, he was trading punches will Williams on kick returns. Shawn Williams returned 5 kickoffs for touchdowns as the Marshall offense didn’t see the field for most of the second quarter nor the third.
Thank God they didn’t, otherwise it might’ve been a whole different story. When the Williams allowed the Thundering Herd offense on the field, they were unable to move the ball through the air. Grant Wells completed 2 of 22 attempts for 82 yards and a TD. Knox had much better luck on the ground with 78 yards on 8 attempts and a touchdown of his own.
All of this….special teams firepower kept Marshall in this game much longer than anticipated. Had it not been for two costly fumbles late, the Thundering Herd had a shot to do the unthinkable. All in all, the luck ran out and Auburn pulled away to win this one 64-48. Marshall will go back to the drawing board and try to figure out the errors in the pass game before a matchup in Lubbock with Texas Tech next week.
Stay tuned for more game recaps as we take a season with the Thundering Herd. Check out the games on SportShift Media’s twitch https://www.twitch.tv/sportshiftmedia
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