In my group at the watch party, as we were making our way toward what would be our penultimate Touchdown, I posited that if we scored with more than a minute to go, we should kick the point; if we scored with less than 30 seconds left, we should go for two.
As it turned out - we did BOTH.
We scored very shortly after I made that statement (with about 1:30 or 2:00 left), and went for the single PAT to tie the game. As you will recall, Ole Miss scored in one or two plays after the kickoff, and so we had the ball once again going for a TD that would tie the game (if we kicked the PAT). Of course, we scored as time expired, and this time, we went for two.
WHY did I make that det4erminateion (and, therefore, why was Sam correct in following that same plan of action)?
The way I looked at it, if we score with a minute or more left, GOING FOR TWO - EVEN IF SUCCESSFUL - DOESN’T GUARANTEE A WIN. With Ole Miss’ offense and especially the way they had moved the ball in the fourth quarter, whether you are up by one, or tied, a FG by Ole Miss beats you. You get no “extra” benefit by going up by 1 that justifies the risk of NOT making it. So, you kick the point and rely on your defense.
On the other hand, if you score in the last 30 seconds, if you are successful with the 2 point conversion you have a tremendous chance to come off with the win because they don’t have enough time (most likely) to get into FG range. So, that risk IS worth it, because if you get into OT with them I like Ole Miss’ chances in a back and forth “first to not score loses” scenario.
So, I was 100% fine with the decision, and I’m OK with living with the consequences (just as I was when Brandon Allen’s 2 pointer was successful).
Now, I’ll admit that I was not really thrilled with the play we called. Ole Miss was all over it and we never really had a chance. I wish we had run something similar, but with the right side tight end doing the quick block and then running to the far left side of the EZ thing. Good chance we would have been standing by himself. But hindsight is 20/20.
Bottom line - I’m totally OK with the decision.