So I think I decided the football gods were against us at one point in I think the second quarter (maybe early third). We've managed to stop Sparty short on 3rd and 10 at around the 30 yard line. But there's a flag for false start, the play was dead. Sparty proceeds to convert 3rd and 15.
Something I've always wondered about is this: If the defense jumps offside, the offense gets a "free play" - the play won't be blown dead unless the defenseless QB is about to get lit up. The offense then has the chance to take the penalty or the result of the play.
Why are the rules different on false starts? Assuming a play immediately follows the false start, shouldn't the defense get a "free play"? This seems particularly unfair, because many times a false start is the result of the D showing blitz and the O-line getting antsy (or because the offense is just totally confused). Blowing the play dead wrecks the surprise of the blitz and gives the offense a chance to regroup - which is exactly what happened today, blowing our chance for a critical stop.