In the big picture it wound up not mattering, but in the first quarter Holgorsen made a bizarre decision.
Facing fourth down at the Tech 26 and trailing 10-0, Holgorsen eschewed a field goal attempt and went for the first down. That wouldn't have been unusual except that it was fourth-and-14.
"Yeah, I regretted that,'' Holgorsen said, admitting it wasn't the smart thing to do. "We were moving the ball. The penalties just kept backing us up. I should have kicked it. I just felt good about moving the ball.''
In his postgame press conference, Holgorsen referred to the situation as fourth-and-2. He also referenced what would have been a 48- or 49-yard field goal. Both were clearly wrong. The down and distance was unmanageable and the field goal would have been 43 yards, well within Josh Lambert's range.
As a matter of clarification later, though, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson was asked about the series. He insisted that both he and Holgorsen understood the down-and-distance and the field goal range and that Holgorsen had merely misspoken.
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