A Near Win with Poor Timing
I’m not going to complain too loudly about this loss. I like our team this year. We’ve put a serious scare into two of the conference’s top teams over the past two weeks. Our defense is resurgent. Our offense is showing promise. I see building blocks where I haven’t seen them for years. I say: Keep Kiffin.
For the second week in a row, however, I’m mystified by our clock management (or lack thereof). At the end of the first half, we ran two plays over a span of 55 seconds. No two-minute offense, no hurry up, nothing. Only after the clock ticked down to one second did we call our final timeout—for the sake of attempting a 76-yard (!) field goal.
Well, if we were going to try a big kick like that, why not a two-minute offense with some quick outs to try to rip off another 10 or 20 yards to get into a more realistic range?
After all, this was a game where three points could have changed everything, and pissing away those potential three points at the end of the half is yet another time-management head scratcher, the latest in what has become an epidemic in
Is there some sort of invisible force field over Alameda that makes it impossible for the organization to install a simple two-minute offense? This has been going on for years, across several coaching regimes, and I just don't get it.