Miami-OU: Down 1, Let Offense Score

Jonathan CooperContributor IOctober 4, 2009

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - OCTOBER 03: Wide receiver Travis Benjamin #3 and linebacker Darryl Sharpton #50 of the Miami Hurricanes celebrate after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners at Land Shark Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Miami defeated Oklahoma 21-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

The ending of the Miami-Oklahoma game had a situation that I see all the time, but I must not be as smart as I think I am because coaches never seem to agree with me. Miami has a one-point lead and the ball with less than three minutes. Oklahoma has no timeouts. Unless Miami fumbles, which does happen, but unlikely, the only way Oklahoma has a chance to tie the game is if Miami scores to make it 28-20. The potent Sooner offense gets the ball down eight with plenty of time to convert a game-tying touchdown and 2-point conversion. I'm sure Bob Stoops thought of this, but it was too late and Miami went into victory formation. It's a decision that must be made early. On the third-and-6 play, Stoops should have told his team "if they get a first down, go ahead and let them score." I know it's a negative thought to put into your defense, but it's the only chance. But wait, Miami ran one more offensive play. And I thought I would actually see the drama unfold as Javarris James ran up the middle. It looked for a second that the Oklahoma defensive tackles stood up and would let James take it to the house.  But just as my excitement heightened, someone comes from behind and tackles James, ending any hopes for Oklahoma. The real drama of the situation would have been if James took the touchdown or pulled a Brian Westbook and fell down at 1. I'm guessing the former and we could have had a classic ending. But Bob Stoops is much smarter than me so I guess a 1-point loss is better than having a chance to win a game.