Yeah...Saw this thread coming
Me being a well known WVU homer aside from my Panther fandom, I think I'll sit this one out so as not to be accused of conflict of interest
What I'd rather talk about related to this game is the decision by Mike Smith to go for it on 4th and goal at the end of the first half. The Falcons got stuffed. And how much did they end up losing the game by? Two points.
I'd love to hear from the "COACHES WHO HAVE BALLS GO FOR IT ON FOURTH DOWN THAT''S HOW YOU WIN OMG WE WOULD WIN EVERY TIME IF WE DID THAT" crowd on how they explain this. If I recall correctly, Smith's done that in a couple of games this season and it's been a bad decision each time. And here I was led to believe this was a sure path to victory.
it's super easy to look at the final score and be like "WHY YES THEY DID LOSE BY THAT MARGIN" but when you put a FG on the board there instead, you don't know how the dynamics of the game change. it's really, really easy to claim they'd have won if he hadn't gone for it, but you have no idea. who knows, maybe him kicking a FG doesn't make his team believe they he has the confidence in them to win and they don't score the next couple TDs. I mean we could get into a million what-ifs...
that being said, I have no idea why, when down only 17 to 7, you don't just kick a FG there. Makes WAY more sense to go for it if it's 17 to 0... but 17 to 7?? take the fuging fg you lunatic coach.