4th & 3 at the Oregon 33 yard line, tie game, with 71 seconds left: the Huskies went for it, throwing to Sean McGrew for 4 yards and a first down. Absolutely the right call! And, from then onward, the Husky coaching staff lost their FUCKING MINDS.
1st & 10 at the Oregon 29 yard line, tie game, now with 50 seconds left (for some reason, we opted to let 21 seconds go before running another play, even though the previous play netted all of 4 yards): the Huskies ran the ball for 8 yards. Not playing hurry-up is idiotic. Running the ball is semi-idiotic, but it gained a big chunk of ground, and we called a time out, so I can somewhat forgive it.
2nd & 2 at the Oregon 21 yard line, tie game, with 40 seconds left: the Huskies ran the ball for 1 yard. Okay, so this is getting REALLY stupid now. For some reason, we’re just setting it up for a field goal. Not only that, but WE’RE LETTING THE CLOCK RUN ALL THE WAY DOWN.
I can somewhat understand the line of thinking if this were an NFL game. You expect a professional kicker to make a 37-yard field goal. That’s just a shade longer than an extra point in the League. But, when you sit there and type it out – 37-yard field goal – doesn’t that sound like it’s a little long? It’s nearly 40 yards, and what percentage of those do you think the pros make? It’s not automatic, is what I’m saying. A 37-yard field goal is NOT automatic, not even for the very best kickers in the world.
But, this wasn’t the NFL. This was college. This was a Redshirt Freshman walk-on in his first season as this team’s kicker. And you’re asking HIM to make a 37-yard field goal, on the road, in the biggest game we’ve played all year, against our most hated and feared rival?
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, we still had a time out remaining! This is still the college game! You get a stoppage of the clock with every first down! You have a senior quarterback who was NAILS in this game! You have stud receivers all over the field to throw to! YOU HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO KEEP DRIVING CLOSER TO THE ENDZONE, AND YOU JUST FUCKING GAVE UP!
You put it in the hands of a Redshirt Freshman kicker. Hell, he could’ve been a 7th-year senior kicker and I still wouldn’t trust him! The best college kicker of all time was drafted insanely high by the Tampa Bay Bucs and I don’t think he’s even in the League anymore! And you’re putting this team’s season in the hands (or on the foot) of a fucking REDSHIRT FRESHMAN?!
Also, on a side note, why does the college game allow you to burn through all of your timeouts right in a row? Do we really want to be icing these kickers multiple times on the same attempt? Does that seem at all sporting? I’m not saying that’s why we lost, but I’m just saying it’s cheap and tacky.
Anyway, I don’t know what’s dumber, the decision to play for the LONG field goal, or the decision by our supposed hotshot defensive coordinator to REPEATEDLY rush only 3 and drop 8 into coverage. The Husky pass rush in this game was a fucking trash pile all day, yet Jimmy Lake kept sending only 3 rushers, allowing that Herbert guy to stand in the pocket all fucking day to shred our secondary. I mean, what were YOU thinking? Fucking put some pressure on the guy! Instead of forcing our secondary to cover for 10 seconds a pop, force the QB to make a quick decision and let our guys react accordingly! If I’m gonna get beat, I’d rather the opposing QB make some miracle throws against intense blitzing pressure, than watch him stand there like a statue all fucking day.
God damn this coaching staff is great, but they ROYALLY shit the bed in this one. It’s unforgivable. We’re so fucked now I can’t even see straight. Now, by the grace of God, we need the Ducks to lose again to get back in the Rose Bowl race. Obviously, the playoffs are out of the question. We’re relying on the Cougs to not Cuog the shit out of this thing this weekend as they host Gameday and Oregon at the same time.
As you can see, three days later, I’m still far from over this. Just, fuck off, everyone.