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Arkansas State's "play dead" trick play was inspired by a YouTube video with 1 million hits

Prior to being named head coach at Arkansas State, Blake Anderson was serving as the offensive coordinator at North Carolina under Larry Fedora. It was there that a popular practice prank involving 21 of the 22 offensive and defensive players (all except quarterback Bryn Renner) took place, and garnered over 1 million YouTube hits in a matter of days.

Here's how that prank played out.

Then, last night, a Vine of Arkansas State's fake punt from Saturday caught on like wildfire on Twitter. Watch it enough and something will start to look very familiar.

Before you ask, the faint was planned.

While the play didn't work as well as Anderson and his staff had planned on, he shared some of the inspiration behind the play with College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread.

"Because of the formation we were in for that fake punt, Booker was covered up and couldn't go downfield, or it would be a penalty. So we said, 'What do we want to do with him? Do we want to bubble him or peel him out?'"

"Someone said let's just let him be a fainting goat. I loved it, so we just put that in. His job on that play was basically to not get a penalty by going downfield, because the fake was on the backside of the play. These kids have had five head coaches in five years, so we try to let them have fun." Anderson told Goodbread.

Read, and see more on the play here.

The aftermath of the "Fainting Goat" was just as funny as the faint itself.