So in actuality (just not in the view of the zebras) the defense did hold, kept Texas from scoring, and forced that turnover after the PI in the end zone, which I think is a better call than letting Texas score and hoping we can drive into FG range and then actually hit a game-winning FG. Have you seen Iowa State's kicking game? Like, forever?
Heck no, it was a good call to go for 3.
I'll take a 6pt lead and 75-yards to go for a win vs a 3pt lead (if we don't score TD) and about 55 yards to tie and put in overtime.
Find one college coach at any level that would have gone for it there and this thread can continue.
There are none.
I have seen this game before.
Yes, technically, the conventional wisdom and McCarney-ball dictates you kick the field goal.
BUT......Any human watching this game would know that Texas could throw a junk pass in the air and get either a catch or a penalty 80% of the time. Most football knowledgeable people would know that a desperate Texas would be throwing the ball and getting lots of yards and would most likely end the game throwing the ball into the endzone several times to win the game with little time left. And they did.
Most Cyclones....and I hope our coaching staff is....would notice the accent of the refereeing crew and would know that to kick a fieldgoal and hope to run out the clock with breaks from them was NOT going to happen.
All that said......CPR made the right call for a football coach. The wrong call for long suffering Cyclone fans.
Richardson made questionable calls and plays. If he is hurt that much, why is he playing? The scramble with 40 seconds left was wierd.
My biggest beef: IF we are going to recruit smurfs to play corner....could they be smart smurfs????? It is like they don't understand what referees are going to call? Are these guys coached at all or just dumb?
Honestly, what are better odds? ISU making a field goal or ISU getting 3 yards? I'm really not sure....
The mistake was not being able to get a first down with a 2nd and 1 on their 5 yd line. Once it got to 4th down we had to kick the FG.
I've never understood in that situation when you have 2 plays to get one yard why you don't just QB sneak it 2 times in a row if needed. It just takes too long to hike it to the QB, turn around, and hand it to the RB 4 yds behind the line of scrimmage IMO. Don't mess around. Just have Richardson sneak it twice if you have to.
The previous 4 Texas drives were 2 punts and 2 fumbles and almost no yardage gained, AND we actually forced what should have been a fumble on the game winning drive. Easily the right call, anyone that thinks otherwise is playing too much NCAA 14.
If you go for it and dont get and then Texas scores a TD, now you're down by 4 and need a Touchdown. Every coach in the country takes the FG there. Rhoads made the right call.