WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The buzz throughout Tiger Nation all week has been the perceived lack of a…
Bowden Defends Fake Field Goal
Playing devil's advocate, pretend Jad Dean had made that 44-yard field goal to put the Tigers up 30-24 with 2:31 left to play.
The Tigers would have then kicked off to a Wake Forest team that had scored only three points since the 12:18 mark of the second quarter. Dean had kicked all six of his previous kickoffs for touchbacks, so it's safe to assume he would have done it again, thus giving the Deacs the ball at their own 20.
As it happened, Wake Forest got it at the 34 yard line with tons of momentum. That extra 14 yards is a lot when there's only seconds remaining on the clock.
But for argument's sake, say the Deacs scored a touchdown anyway to take a one-point lead at 31-30, all Clemson would need to win is a field goal. And with Dean as the kicker, getting the ball to the Wake Forest 40 puts it in his range.
Instead, the Tigers had to go 80 yards in 33 seconds. They got to the 3 before time ran out.
Dean and holder Cole Chason each have the option to change the play if they feel as though it won't work. Both thought it would, but even so, the botched play can't be put on their shoulders.
"In hindsight, we maybe should have called timeout," Dean said. "But from where we were, it looked like it was there. It looked like what we'd been seeing on film and decided to stay with it."
What is also troubling if you're a Clemson fan is that Bowden basically said he had no trust and faith that his defense could stop the Deacs.
"I anticipated needing points, not a field goal," Bowden said.
As it turned out, Bowden needed the points. It just so happens to didn't take them when given the opportunity. And for that, Clemson Nation is already roaring.
CUTigers.com Recommended Stories
Rivalry Week on Scout
Build yourself a sky-high left-over turkey sandwich, cover it in a creamy sauce of hate, and get ready to scream!Read More
Scout College Football Top 30- Week Thirteen
The top 30 teams in college football after Week Thirteen...Read More
Outdoorsman's Gift Guide: Christmas 2014
Finding just the right present for that special someone can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled a wide variety of hunting, fishing and outdoor gifts that you—or Santa—can deliver this Christmas.Read More
Week 13: Player Downgrades
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Rusty Reeves predicts a heaping handful of players who will decline in the coming weeks. They should be downgraded at least one tier. Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler …Read More
The First Thanksgiving: 10 Myths and Facts
The story of the first Thanksgiving is filled with folklore and legend. But what’s the real story? Here are 10 commonly believed myths about the First Thanksgiving debunked.Read More