Originally Posted by Texasmade
In college, most of the time your kicker is a walk-on who isn't used to handling the pressure of a GW kick. It's different in the NFL, where the kicker is a paid professional and is used to pressure kicks. In situations like these, I always thought it was dumb for coaches to just settle for 30-40yd FG kicks which aren't gimmie's in college unlike the NFL. I would be going all out for a TD or to get the kick under a 25yds.
In the UGA situation, they had no choice but Stanford could've ran another play to get it a little bit closer.
The crazy thing is that, until this season, UGA's kicker was the exception to this rule. In any season prior to this one, it would have been great to have him on a 42 yard game winner because he would have hit it easily 95% of the time. He was outstanding for years, but completely lost it this season. To put his struggles into perspective, he missed one more field goal this year than he had in the three prior seasons combined
Originally Posted by Gibonius
I don't think UGA called good playsin OT, it really felt like they were playing for the FG. And it bit them. Getting an INT in OT and then missing the field goal, what a terrible way to lose (well, to not win and then lose down the stretch).
Same for Stanford, they had a solid minute left and Luck was marching down the field. Why settle for the 35+yard field goal with the freshman kicker? Trust Luck not to throw an INT, run a couple more plays, either get the touchdown or make it a chip shot.
Like I said above, I remember when Walsh was absolutely automatic, but this season was just painful to watch. There were a number of times where I'd discuss games with friends/coworkers, and we'd all go "I just hope it doesn't come down to a field goal," and this was the perfect illustration of why.
It's really too bad to see him go out with this type of senior season.