Miami’s head coach says it was a mistake to stay on the field without taking a knee, but the same choice cost them a game earlier.

Miami’s head coach says it was a mistake to stay on the field without taking a knee, but the same choice cost them a game earlier.

 

Choosing to run the ball on a third-down play rather than simply taking a knee and letting the fourth-quarter clock run out, Miami lost to Georgia Tech on Saturday in an unlikely, puzzling manner.
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Running back Donald Chaney Jr. for the Hurricanes.
fumbled, but the Yellow Jackets were able to recover, which allowed Haynes King to find Christian Leary for the game-winning touchdown pass of 44 yards.
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Miami’s head coach Mario Cristobal admitted the call was incorrect after the game, and he also appeared to blame Chaney for not keeping two hands on the ball.
It’s possible that he was having déjà vu when he made those comments, though.
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Cristobal lost a game in a similar way five years prior while serving as the head coach at Oregon, as many supporters and journalists noted after the game.
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The Ducks led Stanford 31-28 late in the fourth quarter of a match that took place in 2018.
Justin Herbert, the quarterback for the Ducks, had the option of kneeling to extend the game’s clock.
Instead, Oregon instructed CJ Verdell to run the play, but Verdell lost the ball.
After coming back, Stanford tied the game and ultimately prevailed in overtime.
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Even though it had been five years ago, did Cristobal not recall that circumstance?
However, the coach would appear to remember given how expensive the error was.
Alternatively, it’s possible that he remembered but was obstinate in his belief that he could succeed this time.
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Cristobal, on the other hand, made a notorious choice that appears to be among the worst ever made by a head coach at the Power 5 level.

 

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