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Can anyone explain our motive behind going for two yesterday? Not that I'm bitter about us failing to cover by 1/2 a point or anything, but what the hell were we thinking?? That decision almost cost us the game!! We were up by 17, so there was no need to go for two. If we'd have just kicked the xp, we wouldn't have had to worry about that right upright helping us out at the end! I DEMAND AN EXPLANATION!!
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I agree. This decision could very well have cost us the game having to go into overtime where as with ASU we may have lost it in overtime. Maybe it was a combination of factors…

  1. Test Clayton's ability in the endzone under all the extra pressure for getting the two,
  2. Up 17 points against a team who's not faring well offensively (obviously later this proved to be more of a problem than first thought),
  3. Prove that our offense can come through in that situation.

Anyway, hindsight is 20/20 and it would have been nice to get the two but it just didn't work out and noone would have assumed that in the 4th Quarter UNT could barrel through from 6 points to 23 points to tie the game in very short time. That UNT freshman QB Matt Phillips did very nicely against our defense, whereas Daniel Meager's performance was, well, meager LOL. Still it was a good game! There must have been some reason that Coach went for the two - maybe being a certain amount of points over in the 4th Quarter of the game most teams would go for the 2 instead of the Extra Point? I don't agree it should have been done but of course that's hindsight now knowing we didn't make it happen and almost blew our win in the end. Still, GREAT JOB OWLS! Chalk up another Conference Win and this time against UNT when it counts for a conference game… FAU 2 UNT 0, I smell another MTSU battle!

FAU sure knows how to keep it interesting - I will say that! And this time they came through in the end with Kennard! ;)
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OK, this is not my explaination. This was the explaination of the radio commentators I was listening to. One of the guys was a former NFL QB. The station is WLVJ. The station down there that broadcasts the game.

I didn't really understand his explaination. I didn't play college ball and I never heard what he had said before.

Apparently going for two at that point in the game with difference in score as it was at that time is the standard play. Like I said I didn't quite understand it and the way I worded it is not the same way it was explained by the commentator. The commentator, what ever his name was didn't seem to have a problem with the 2 point attempt.

O.G. seems to be the board expert on football coaching. Hopefully when he reads this he might have an explaination.

I agree though. With the momentum as it was at that time, I question the 2 point attempt. Speaking of that. The FAU teams up until last year were strong 2nd half teams. That doesn't seem to be that way this year. The Owls will have the momentum in the first half and lose it in the 2nd when the other team figures out what to do during half time.

FAU - THE REAL SLEEPING GIANT
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I wonder will Coach answer that one at his Breakfast meeting for the FIU game?
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I was more upset with the kick-off after we went ahead 23-20, why not kick it deep and let UNT have to go 80 plus yards ( I understand you don't want to risk a big return, but get the ball in the end zone at the very least) - instead we do a short kick and give UNT the ball in good field position. With 1:38 left why not let UNT work to get in field goal position those extra 20 plus yards - you just don't give a team with hardly anytime left good field position any chances.

Regarless, it was a good win for the team. This team sure like to make games interesting to the end.
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I wasn't sure about the decision either…but it ultimately didn't matter and we WON the game. Lets enjoy this for the bye week, then get ready to talk some smack against FIU. Lets not be too critical of our team when they win.
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going for two would make the lead 19, meaning if NT scored 2 tds with 2pt conversions and a field goal, we would be tied. so to lose in regulation, fau would have to surrender 3 tds.
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I'm getting a little sick of this whole "don't be critical" crap that's going around. You think Bill Belichick was all positive about his win over the Fins yesterday? I think not. Even when we win, which is a rare thing I know, there are still things to work on. I was just asking if anyone knew why we'd gone for 2, that's all. I understand the whole being up by 19 points thing, but surely the law of averages say that we were better off just kicking the xp. Take the (semi) guaranteed point and move on.
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Baller07 said

going for two would make the lead 19, meaning if NT scored 2 tds with 2pt conversions and a field goal, we would be tied. so to lose in regulation, fau would have to surrender 3 tds.

That most likely was the reason in a nutshell. Besides a lot of team will do it early to avoid the pressure of doing it later when it may be a MUST score.

Thanks illinoisowl but I am no way an expert in coaching. My opinions are just like everyone else's on here. A view of the game from the stands.. :)
Oh yeah! I did stay a night at a Holiday Inn once… ;D

GhostOfBuchanan,
Keep your opinions coming. Don't repress your thoughts about the team because of differing opinions on the board. But…also don't be surprised if someone disagrees with you and take a different position of what you say.
We all are FAU fans and want the team to do well.
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I want people to voice their opinions on here, whether they agree with mine or not. It just seems like we have a bunch of "homers" on here who think that no Owl player can do wrong, even if we win. I see things how they are, not how I want them to be. I know going into the FIU game that things are different than they have been in any other year for the Shula Bowl, and so my outlook is different than it ever has been. I would love to keep on beating the Golden Pussies, believe me, but we have to be realistic: this is the best chance they have to beat us so far. I will refrain from talking too much smack until after the game, because that's when smack should be talked…after the case. by the way, next time we're up by 39, we better go for two in case the opposition score five unanswered touchdowns and convert the two-pointers every time.
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