After the great pass from Crompton to Stocker to set us up at the Bama 27 with about 45 seconds to go, why did we not hurry to the line and call a play or two to get it closer for Lincoln? I know we had no timeouts, but here is why we should have pressed to get it closer:
- The clock stops to move the chains, and if UT was ready at the line at the 27 yard line, could have called a play without losing much (if any) time. Heck, we had 45 seconds, can't we get 2 plays off and still spike the ball?
- Lincoln had alreay proven earlier in the game (and in his career) that he is not very good from distances where UT is not inside the opponets 25 yard line. He missed short on that long one before the half, had one blocked from about the same distance, and is still injured which makes his leg strength issues even worse.
- We had Bama gassed on D (look at time of possesion in the 2nd half.) Crompton was hot on those final 2 drives and I think Jones or Moore could have gotten at least 7 - 10 more yards on a comeback or crossing route. Even if the ball is short of the first down, get up and spike it with about 10 seconds to go and bring on Lincoln. Coach's exmplanation after the game was that he was affraid of taking a sack or getting called for holding to push us out of any FG range (which is understandable to a degree), but don't you try and put your team in the best position to win? A 44 yarder from an injured Lincoln when they just blocked the same kick 10 minutes ago......... I'm not laying this loss on this decision or on Lincoln. UT's offense getting exactly 0 and 0 from those 2 clock killing drives in the 2nd half, and only 3 from our nice drive inside their 10 in the first half, is why we lost.