With four seconds to play in the Humanitarian Bowl, Idaho head coach Robb Akey made a gutsy decision.
The Idaho Vandals had just scored a touchdown on a 16-yard sliding catch by Max Komar. This put the Vandals down one point to Bowling Green State University.
Akey had a decision to make: Play conservative and go for the tie to send the game to overtime, or take a risk and go for two and the win?
Akey chose the latter. Quarterback Nathan Enderle found Preston Davis in the back of the endzone for the two-point conversion, putting the Vandals up one with only the kickoff remaining.
This poses the question: Why is Akey the only gutsy coach in the nation? This scenario has come around a few times in the regular season, but coaches opted to play for the tie.
Yes, Bill Belichick comes to mind as well. He went for it on fourth down and lost the game. Had he played conservatively, the New England Patriots may have won. At least Belichick had the guts to make that call.
Earlier this year, Michigan battled Michigan State in East Lansing. Michigan scored a touchdown late in the game. That whole drive State looked like they were standing still.
The Michigan offense just rolled down the field and had State on their heels. Why didn't Rich Rodriguez go for two? What's the worst that could happen? You lose? Oh wait, Michigan kicked the extra point and lost in overtime anyway.
Akey made a gutsy call and it paid off. In reality, Enderle could have gotten sacked or thrown an interception or something tragic. Then, Akey's call would look idiotic.
Hindsight is 20/20. Akey made the right call—this is bowl season, what have you got to lose? The way the game went, sending it in to overtime was more of a risk than going for two.
The fourth quarter saw five touchdowns, two ties, and several lead changes. The final four minutes had Bowling Green scoring twice to take the lead.
Idaho then took the ball and got down the field in 32 seconds to score that final touchdown.
Akey, you are a genius and you made a great call. I hope other coaches learn and have the guts to put all their eggs in one basket and go for it.
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