Tommy Tuberville’s decision to “play for OT” at the end of regulation against the University of South Florida is already being hotly debated by AU fans.
A strong majority claim that it was a terrible call. And that strong majority is wrong.
His critics argue that Tubby had 30 seconds, a timeout, and Wes Byrum's unfailing leg to work with.
Their question: "What was he thinking?"
My answer: Five turnovers, the Tigers' steady defense, and the Bulls' shameful excuse for a kicker.
Tubby's choice stemmed mainly from a lack of consistency in the AU passing game. My own confidence in Brandon Cox is at an all-time low—you can't blame the O-line for Cox's shoddy performance in this one.
Tubby was worried about USF's phenomenal corners—and the possibility of yet another pick. He also had faith in his solid defense, which was exceptional in shutting down a USF offense that enjoyed great field position throughout the game.
Tubby obviously felt that his defense would be able to hold the Bulls and put the outcome of the game on the foot of struggling USF kicker Delbert Alvarado, who had already missed four field goals in the second half.
The blame for this loss belongs to an inconsistent offense, which managed only the occasional decent drive between turnovers.
As for Tubby's decision—it was a sound and carefully calculated one that, unfortunately, didn't work out for the Tigers.