In just a few seconds, Wynrick Smothers converted a 3rd-and-1 with a 10-yard run, and his career was over.
Just one and a half years since he took over the starting position, the fifth-year senior is finished. Done for the season, his last, with a broken ankle. It's a more than harsh reminder of the unfairness that is life.
Smothers may have just had a year and a half as starter, but the amount of accomplishments he was able to attain in that short time is enormous.
A few All-America nods, the conference's offensive player of the year and a two-time Walter Payton Award Watch List member just to name a few.
Despite less than two years on the job, coach Clint Conque described the Destrehan, La. native as an "all-time great," and it was a spot on characterization.
Smothers entered the 2012 season on the coattails of Nathan Dick, another all-time great quarterback at UCA. He had little experience and his only extended playing time was in two lackluster performances in 2011 against two of the better teams on the schedule that year, Sam Houston State and Arkansas State.
The 2012 Bears had several players who had experienced the FCS playoffs in 2011, and they wanted, and expected, to go back. Except this time they were looking to Smothers to lead them, and he did not disappoint.
Smothers' back story is well known. He has spent most of his football career waiting for his opportunity, but when he gets it, he makes the most of it.
In high school, Smothers waited behind former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, and all he was able to do when it was his turn was lead his team to a state championship and a 14-0 record.
Smothers' debut season as the Bears starting quarterback was much of the same as he led the team to a co-conference championship, another FCS playoff appearance and earned the conference's offensive player of the year award along the way.
The 2013 season has not gone as expected, and Smothers' injury was just the latest chapter in that story.
His career may be over, but his impact on the football program will continue on. For one thing, his name will appear in the record book under several statistics in the passing category.
But it was not just Smothers' on-field capabilities that makes him an all-time great. It was how he handled himself off "The Stripes." Wynrick has never been one lacking in confidence, but he's never been the arrogant type, either.
Anytime you see Wynrick you can count on a big smile and a welcoming personality.
Smothers' class and character made him more than a great ambassador for the Bears, and the university. It's yet another aspect that the Bears will now be forced to replace.
Without question, Smothers' time as quarterback was far too short, but as always, he made the most of his opportunity.