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Chris Creighton has been coaching football, at some level, since 1991.

And he'd never seen that before.

During Saturday's game, Eastern Michigan kicked off from the opponent's 20-yard-line.

"It's one of them," Creighton said with a laugh Monday morning, when asked on a conference call if that's one the strangest scenarios he's seen on a football field.

"It's definitely a bizarre situation. I even asked our team yesterday, 'Has anybody ever been a part of it or seen that,' and not a single hand went in the air."

Here's how it happened.

With less than 4 minutes left in the third quarter, Eastern Michigan's Jaylen Pickett intercepted a pass from Charlotte's Kevin Olsen and returned it 36 yards for the touchdown and a 34-6 lead.

On the play, Charlotte's Austin Duke was flagged for a personal foul, as was Jarred Barr. That's 30 yards there.
Then, on the PAT, Larry Ogunjobi was called for roughing the kicker.

Forty-five yards in penalties, and EMU was kicking off from Charlotte's 20.

"What do you do?" Creighton said. "We kicked the onside kick. I was a little worried that it would go out of bounds.

"I've never been a part of it. If we were to do it again, I think we would end up doing the same thing.

"We don't have any regrets."

It was a tricky situation, as a kick into the end zone would start Charlotte on the 25-yard line — past where the kickoff started from. And a kick out of bounds would've started Charlotte at the 35, even worse.

Charlotte recovered the onside kick and returned it 2 yards to its 16-yard line.

The Eagles won the game, 37-19, to improve to 2-1 on the season.

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