Wednesday, January 04, 2006
This is the first of an occasional award presented to a coach who does something so bold, so imaginative in a game, it makes maize and blue fans stare in envy at the TV as they utter, "Damn, Lloyd would never do that!"
M ZONE SET OF STONES WINNER: West Virginia Head Coach Rich Rodriguez
WHY: A heavy underdog, Rodriguez's WVU squad had jumped out to a 28 nothing lead over favorite UGA in the Sugar Bowl. But, the Dawgs clawed their way back to trail only 38-35 late in the game. With 1:45 left, WVU found themselves with 4th and about 6 near midfield, clinging to a 3 point lead. The Mountaineers lined up to punt the ball and pin the Georgia deep so that they'd have to drive the length of the field. As we Michigan fans have come to know, this is called the "right play." But...
Instead, Rodriguez called for a fake punt, picked up the first down with the bold play and ran out the clock to win the game. As I sat watching, I could only think (say it with me), "Damn, Lloyd would never do that!"
WHAT MICHIGAN WOULD HAVE DONE: First of all, the game was similar to a Michigan game in that WVU blew at 28 point lead. However, with the game on the line in the same situation and up by 3, Michigan would have brought out kicker Geraldo Rivas to "fake" the FG (even though nobody on earth thought they were really going to try a FG) for the pooch punt in order to give UGA ample time to drive the field to create yet another "Instant Classic" for ESPN.
Well done, Rich. That took a HUGE Set of Stones. And thanks...now I finally have a reason to use this picture of the squirrel that I've been dying to put up.
Posted by Yost at 2:55 AM