So how it handing it off to Williams straight ahead less risky then Cam holding it on an end around which require no handoff?? And how it going outside more risky than running it up the middle? I can see the whole being safe thing but honestly running plays up the middle are not safer than other plays which don't involve a pitch.
They are safer because you can cover up the ball with both hands and even get in a half tuck. It's as safe as you can get, other than a kneel down. Running outside will hold the ball with one hand. It's not much, but it's the only option at that point. We had to force them to use the time outs, and then burn the clock as much as possible.
A first down would have sealed the game, but a turnover would have given them a legitimate shot. The risk-reward ratio just isn't in our favor.