Well, to be fair to Dantonio (not that he deserves it), the Wisky kicker put on an Oscar-winning performance. I agree the penalty had to be called, but the punter was not hit hard enough to go down in legit fashion.
The punter was legitimately hit, and that will get called all the time.
and that the penalty is always going to be called. But if you think the punter was hit hard enough to legitimately fall down, you need to watch the replay a few more times. He purposely pulled up one leg as he spun around and then fell down like an 8-year old acting like he got shot while playing war out in the front yard. The penalty would have been called regardless, but his acting job was frosting on the cake. I hope a Michigan punter in the same situation would be able to do as well.
It should never have come to that—Sparty was an idiot going for the punt block in the first place. The most important thing was to just get the ball back; they were playing with fire by trying to block the punt, and they got burned. No sympathies from me.
Yeah, but I think it's pointless for Dantonio to complain about a flop when he probably coaches his own punter to do the same in the same situation. I'd think any good punter in the country would've done the same thing - heads up play to sell it to the refs.
Eh, it was totally legit. He touched the kickers outstretched leg. That will get a flag everytime, no matter the acting. If you dont want a penalty, dont go after the kick.
Above all else, Sparty needed the ball back. Had they gotten it, there was plenty of time on the clock, and they'd been just killing Wisky on those quick passes to the outside WRs. All they needed was a field goal to send the game into OT.
That was the same lamebrain thing that cost us in the 2009 Purdue game; late in the game we needed the ball back; instead, GERG calls for the punt block, predictably we ran into their kicker, enabling PU to keep their drive alive and seal our doom.
Sparty has never Spartied quite so hard as they Spartied tonight.
They got what they deserve...Karma is a bitch....
Protective services are in EL right now watching #9... haha poor fella, he's gonna get lynched.