It was the most breathtaking moment of the Sept. 11 football game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Appalachian State Mountaineers, and it didn’t even happen on the field.
Fans spotted a Tuxedo cat dangling perilously from the upper deck at Hard Rock Stadium early in the second quarter of Miami’s home opener and watched as the cat pawed at the air — then plummeted.
But the gasps turned to cheers when the cat landed in the folds of an American flag.
Craig and Kimberly Cromer, Miami season ticket holders, bring a flag to every home game and drape it over the railing in front of their seats, the couple later told the Miami Herald. The Cromers initially thought it was a dog or a baby causing the commotion. When they realized it was a cat quickly losing its grip, they ripped the flag from its ties and pulled it into a landing pad.
A fan in student section scooped up the apparently uninjured cat and struck a pose from “The Lion King,” proudly displaying it before the stadium.
The cat’s postgame fate was unclear and details of where it came from or whether was ticketed to enter remain unknown.