Fishing skills

College football: Aussie Jesse Mirco shows insane punting skills, Ohio State, Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

Australian punting ace Jesse Mirco left jaws on the ground as he showed off his incredible skills on Sunday.

Playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes, Mirco showed why the Aussie does better in the third quarter by clearing from the 50-yard line.

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Mirco produced a perfect centimeter punt that landed on the one yard line before instantly bouncing out of bounds.

The commentary team calling the play called for a “little corner kick” and Mirco delivered leaving them laughing at the absurdity of the punt.

“It’s beautiful,” said one member.

“Yeah that’s perfect. He was just at the right time,” proclaimed another as laughter broke out.

The Buckeyes proved far too strong for Toledo, recording a ridiculous 77-21 win in front of 105,398 fans.

Currently the third ranked college football team in the nation, the Buckeyes finished with 758 yards of offense.

“The combination of running and passing was good today, but I thought our offensive line was physical,” said Ohio State coach Ryan Day, whose team improved at 3-0. “You could just see it. Now we’re on the conference game here. We still have a long way to go. We have to do it next week against a conference opponent.


Manti Te’o couldn’t hold back her tears upon her return to Notre Dame.

The former Fighting Irish linebacker and NFL player of eight years returned to South Bend, Ind., on Saturday to present the official colors ahead of the team’s game against Cal. It was his first public appearance on campus in more than a decade, since his catfishing scandal rocked the sports world.

He received thunderous applause during his presentation, visibly wiping tears from his face and placing his hand over his heart as he waved to the crowd.

Just recently, Te’o shared her story publicly for the first time as part of Netflix’s two-part documentary “Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist.” While playing at Notre Dame in his senior season in 2012, and amid a Heisman Trophy push, Te’o revealed that his grandmother and then-girlfriend Lennay Kekua were deceased.

Deadspin reported a year later, however, that the person behind Kekua’s online persona was actually Seattle-based Ronaiah Tuiasosopo. Te’o and the digital personality only communicated virtually and over the phone, never face-to-face.

“It may have just been random words for everyone, but for me at that moment it hit me like a ton of bricks. I needed to reveal it,” said Te’o to CBS to explain why he decided to share his story.

“I challenged myself at that point that if anyone asked about it or had any questions about it, I would be open and have these difficult conversations, and I started to feel the strength that I would get by talking about it.”

At Notre Dame, Te’o was a consensus All-American his senior year while finishing second for the Heisman. He was selected in the second round by the Chargers in the 2013 NFL Draft, after scrutiny of his catfishing scandal saw him slip, and played four seasons with the team. He then played three seasons with the Rams and spent time with the Bears, but hasn’t played since 2020.

Notre Dame opened the season 0-2 under new head coach Marcus Freeman, with a loss to Ohio State followed by a shock upset by Marshall.

Before the game against Cal, Te’o spoke about the slow start.

“There’s a reason we’re the Fighting Irish,” he told the crowd, per On3. “We will fight you anywhere. We’ll fight you in there, we’ll fight you on the road, we’ll fight you in the parking lot. Grass, snow, rain, whatever. We will fight you for four quarters. Now let’s do the work. Remember that language, boys. Stay comfortable with it. Go Irish!

Jared Schwartz, New York Post