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    Why did we kick a field goal instead of going for it?

    I am aghast at that. What the heck? What were they even thinking?



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    Re: Why did we kick a field goal instead of going for it?

    Because Texas HAS to score the TD.


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    Re: Why did we kick a field goal instead of going for it?

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Because Texas HAS to score the TD.
    Exactly. Really the end of the conversation.



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    Re: Why did we kick a field goal instead of going for it?

    Up 6, need 7 to beat you. It's really about the math.


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    Re: Why did we kick a field goal instead of going for it?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUpadre View Post
    Up 6, need 7 to beat you. It's really about the math.

    Up 3 it goes to OT. And you might be up 10. Terible, terrible call by Rhoads there. And very un-Rhoads like.



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    Re: Why did we kick a field goal instead of going for it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Judoka View Post
    Up 3 it goes to OT. And you might be up 10. Terible, terrible call by Rhoads there. And very un-Rhoads like.
    Nope. Right call. Hoping the D could stop them (without refs help).


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    Re: Why did we kick a field goal instead of going for it?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUpadre View Post
    Nope. Right call. Hoping the D could stop them (without refs help).
    But if you go for it and don't make it then Texas has to drive about 95 yards and you are still counting on the D to stop them.



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    Re: Why did we kick a field goal instead of going for it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Judoka View Post
    But if you go for it and don't make it then Texas has to drive about 95 yards and you are still counting on the D to stop them.
    This is the key point, and is the reason why it's a good idea to go for it. Another good reason is if the opponent is down three it's possible the opponents coaching staff will be conservative if they do get into scoring position to preserve a chance at a fieldgoal.

    Bill Barnwell from Grantland does statistical analysis on these types of situations for NFL games and he suggests teams go for it in that situation.



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    Re: Why did we kick a field goal instead of going for it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Judoka View Post
    But if you go for it and don't make it then Texas has to drive about 95 yards and you are still counting on the D to stop them.
    ...AND the clock would have continued running!



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    Re: Why did we kick a field goal instead of going for it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Judoka View Post
    But if you go for it and don't make it then Texas has to drive about 95 yards and you are still counting on the D to stop them.
    No they don't, they only have to drive for the tieing field goal. Better odds kicking the field goal and forcing them to score a touchdown.



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    Re: Why did we kick a field goal instead of going for it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Judoka View Post
    But if you go for it and don't make it then Texas has to drive about 95 yards and you are still counting on the D to stop them.
    No, they only have to drive 55 yards to get into FG range. This way they had to drive 75 to score the touchdown.



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    Re: Why did we kick a field goal instead of going for it?

    This question is bad and you should feel bad.



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    Re: Why did we kick a field goal instead of going for it?

    Should have gone for it. Everyone knew Texas was going to drive for a touchdown there. Everyone.



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    Re: Why did we kick a field goal instead of going for it?

    But why do prevent defense and let them go all the way down the field without much of a challenge before you try and stop them.



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    Re: Why did we kick a field goal instead of going for it?

    Is a 6 point lead really better than a 3 point lead in that situation. The answer is no.



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