29.Oct.2013 Final Two Plays vs Stanford
Click this link to watch the final two plays: Stanford
A discussion SS and I had about the plays.
Sure seems to me that Mullaney was wide open near the goal line on the second-to-last play. Mullaney lines up split wide to the left. He runs a soft curl, and camps out on the one-yard line, with a defender about 3 yards behind him. Seems to me that if Mannion had thrown the ball to Mullaney’s inside shoulder, Mullaney would very likely have caught the ball and scored. I like OSU’s odds a lot better throwing a short pass to an open Mullaney rather than throwing a longer pass to the back of the end zone to a double-covered Tyler Perry. Seems to me it was simply a bad read and a mistake by Mannion on this play that likely cost the Beavs a TD that could have led to OT. If the Beavs had gotten to OT, OSU would have had the advantage, since Stanford was relying on an inexperienced substitute placekicker. Coulda, woulda, shoulda….
I agree with your assessment of those two plays. Mostly. I do think Mullaney was open on the last play, but I see what you mean that the defender might have jumped the Cummings route (I’d have to see a different angle, because from the one shown it looks like he arrived at Cummings too quickly to be near Mullaney, too). I wish we had an overhead. If that route developed quicker, Mannion could have pump faked to draw that safety, then hit Mullaney. But Cummings came across the entire formation, which took forever.