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Anae made some very questionable decisions against the Cavaliers, but respect has to be given where it is due. Taysom Hill's interception in the fourth quarter was not Anae's fault, and it was a respectable call to pass on third down with six yards to go.
The argument many Cougar fans have made is that Anae should have run the ball and punted and let the defense win the game. Problem is, the cornerstone of the D up until that quarter, Uani 'Unga, was on the sidelines with an injury. His backup, Austen Jorgensen, was in the game and had a missed tackle seconds later that led to Kevin Parks' game-winning touchdown.
Had Anae punted, we don't know what the outcome would have been. Would Virginia have scored? Would the defense have held strong? Considering what we do know, that 'Unga was out and Jorgensen does not have much experience, passing seems as the logical thing to do.
It may not have ended well, but it wasn't a stupid move. The decision was blown out of proportion, and it's understandable that Anae wouldn't trust a weakened D to handle Virginia at that point of the game.