2 Pt Play - upon further review

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Posted by Big Ron on November 17, 19 at 17:07:44:

After lots of slow motion and snipping stills, I have the 2 point play figured out. It was destined for failure from the snap.

First, it took some digging to find the motion man number 29. The participation chart showed that to be freshman Case Hatch who has apparently given up his 54 jersey. The formation shifted to unbalanced left with only West and Hudson to the right of Cabral. OSU countered by shifting as well and had 7 players to the unbalanced side of the formation. Now the fun starts.

JD lined up under center, but flipped the ball back to Eno at the 9 yard line which negated the advantage of the direct snap. The OSU shift caused the ASU linemen to block down to the left. Cabral ran to the second level but all the LBs had already hit gaps so he ran 5 yards deep into the end zone and took himself out of the play. Of course that was a complete waste and drew a penalty once Eno threw a desperation pass. The OSU DT ran through the hole created by Crabal and West could not cut him off. Therefore, Eno had to stay deep to avoid the DT. Both Hemsley and Miller had defenders shoots gaps and 2 defenders got through. So Eno has to continue running parallel to the 10 yard line. That left freshman Hatch and freshman Nolan Matthews to clear a hole. They could not, so Eno was run into the sideline by the pursuing defenders.

On such a critical call, why would Likens call a little used formation? Why depend on 2 freshman to open the edge? Why not put Hudson on that side? Why toss the ball back to the 9 yard line? We will never know.

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