“You can have drama on and off the field. You can have an inept offense and the inability to make a decision on your starting quarterback, but when you punt from midfield down three scores in the fourth quarter, I have lost all faith in you as a head coach. You can throw out stats on why it was dumb. You can use basic common sense. But for the sake of an argument let’s go through some scenarios against punting and for punting.
Best Case: Convert on downs and continue drive.
Bad Case Scenario: Turnover on downs, and Stanford moves the ball into their territory but they are held to a field goal. Still a three score game with six to seven minutes on the clock.
Worst Case Scenario: Turnover on downs and they take the ball at midfield and score. Game over.
Best Case Scenario: You pin Stanford back behind the 20 and force a three and out and hopefully get good field position or an Adoree’ punt return touchdown.
Bad Case Scenario: They march down the field, eating clock, but you hold them to a field goal. Still a three score game with four to five minutes to go.
Worst Case Scenario: They march down the field, eating clock, and eventually score a touchdown. Four score game with barely any time left. Game over.
What Actually Happened
Stanford ran an eight-play drive, wasting around 5 minutes on the clock, effectively ending the game.”
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