"We saw their Wildcat and had a package for that," Holliday said. "It wasn't something that we hadn't seen."
But they clearly weren't prepared for it. As you may have read in my game coverage, Turner summed it up: "They didn't understand what we were doing."
And Marshall fans don't understand how a team that looks like BCS material one weekend at home can get so thoroughly smoked the next weekend on the road, against a team with similar (at best) quality of talent.
Can't blame 'em.
All the coaching purists will rail on me, but I will offer some novel advice on the two-point conversion.
If you're down 24 and score a touchdown, go for two. If you're down 16 and score a touchdown, go for two. If you're down by 11 and score a touchdown, go for two.
Fourth quarter, third quarter, second quarter, first quarter, doesn't matter.
Have a package of two-point plays, believe in them, use them. If things do not work out, go from there.
There is no excuse for Holliday to concede a 17-point, three-score deficit in the fourth quarter of a conference championship game. And there is really, really, no excuse for him to do it twice.
And if you do settle for a 17-point deficit and are kicking off from the 50 after a personal foul penalty, again in the fourth quarter, it's time for an onside kick. The risk factor is nil at that point.
I'm afraid Holliday still has a little too much Don Nehlen in his blood, as far as game management. He may need to think WWUD - What Would Urban (Meyer) do?
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