Patterson's Q4 punt decision?

Discussion in 'In The Stands' started by Driver 8, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. Driver 8

    Driver 8 smoooove

    I didn't remember so I looked it up on the ESPN play-by-play and they punted with 2:36 left in the game, down by two scores. What was the strategy/thinking there? Barring some extremely unlikely events it is almost mathematically impossible to win in that situation. Later last night I saw a Patterson quote when he was asked about it and he said something like "I know how to manage games" but you have to make the 4th down attempt there I think
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  2. horninchicago

    horninchicago 2,500+ Posts

    Post-game studio crew said it showed them he had no confidence in their D to stop us if they didn't get the 1st down.
  3. horninchicago

    horninchicago 2,500+ Posts

    Glad we didn't hire that guy.
  4. Vol Horn 4 Life

    Vol Horn 4 Life 5,000+ Posts

    I was in disbelief when I saw the punt team come out. I had two immediate thoughts. A) He gave up or B) he was so shell shocked by his elite horny toads being dismantled by Texas, I mean we talkin' bout Texas, that he just made a mistake.

    One thing I will never believe is down by two TD's he made a calculated decision to punt to give his team the best chance to win. I believe he didn't want to lose 38-16 so his best chance to minimize the damage was to punt.....aka quit.
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  5. Dionysus

    Dionysus Ok Cool. Hook ’Em! Admin

    But by punting it's the same thing — asking their D to stop us, just with more favorable field position for them.
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  6. horninchicago

    horninchicago 2,500+ Posts

    Sounded like they thought he had given up. They weren’t defending it, just giving a possible explanation.
  7. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Field position and a hope for a dropped punt or a 3 and out with pressure on the Texas punter.
  8. Phil Elliott

    Phil Elliott 1,000+ Posts

    Patterson knows most pollsters do not watch the games, they just look at the scores. 31-16 looks a lot better than 38-16 I guess. USC did the same thing last week.
  9. Pogo

    Pogo 250+ Posts

    He claimed he was still playing to win. They had TOs left and he wanted to flip the field. That implies he thought they had a better chance of recovering an onsides kick than picking up 4th and 4. That's just the excuse he made up to try to convince his team he didn't quit. The reality is he quit.
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  10. WorsterMan

    WorsterMan 10,000+ Posts

    Patterson has a ego... I think this is what it really was.
  11. OrangeShogun

    OrangeShogun 250+ Posts

    My thought was that he was conceding defeat.
  12. Statalyzer

    Statalyzer 10,000+ Posts

    But he would have had to onside kick eventually either way.

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