As a gambling man, I like the odds of 4th and inches and attempting to ice the game then and there. Couldn't see the play unfold or anything (shitty connection at the hotel I was at). Yes it was a gamble and I'd lay 3:1 odds that 50% of everyone who's bitching and moaning about the call after the fact (hindsight is 20/20) wanted us to go for it. Again, hindsight is 20/20 and there's not a lot we can do about it now and there would be so many what-ifs that would come of going with the option to kick it.
1) We could've missed (granted Philpott has been pretty golden from inside 30 this year...), but we still could have.
2) We make the 3 pointer and USF makes a TD - they did put up 21 on the board (mostly from poor punting (and short fields - much what OT starting field position is...). Then a lot of the same people would be cussing about not going for it on 4th and INCHES
3) We could've made the 1st down and still not converted a TD; give up a fumble or an INT...
etc. etc. etc.
All what-if and shoulda/woulda/coulda scenarios aside, watching all the videos from the players and coach following the loss you can see that this TEAM owns up to their shortcomings in this game. HCCS isn't passing the buck or blaming anyone but himself and the same holds true for every one of the players who had something to say. This is almost a 180 from what would happen under HWSNBN! This TEAM is taking the onus for the loss and although they all seemed very downtrodden, I think this loss will help galvanize the team to perform even more miraculously (compared to last season) to win these next two. It will be a TALL order against WVU for sure, but it's doable and RU should be in the bag.
I said it before and I’ll say it again: The fight and esprit de corps of these guys is huge. HCCS is responsible for this. We didn’t get it done Saturday, but I guarantee the seniors are going to be PUMPED for the WVU game and it will show. These guys will go to war with each other and FOR each other. I see this being a good turning point for the game and the rest of the season, but that’s just my $.02.
Crazygameofpoker, where you at?