I was curious what other people thought of a rather interesting coaching decision last night in the Arizona game.
Zona is up 3. They have the ball. 4th and 4 from the UTSA 30. 23 seconds left.
Options as I see it
a. kick FG- go up 6 but risk block or fielp position with miss
b. regular punt- risk block but kill time and only gain 10 yds of field position
c. pooch punt- risk block but maybe get some field position
d. go for it conservative- less chance for screw up but probably won't make it
e. go for it aggressive- best chance to end game but open yourself up for disaster.
The time left made it interesting to me. It wasn't a lot of time but just enough if they got the ball at the 30 to get in fg range with 2 or 3 plays. A punt that rolled could kill some time but open up more variables.
In the end Zona went option d. They ran up the middle and didn't get it. I didn't like this strategy as it only killed 2 seconds. UTSA got the ball but ran 2 horrible plays and the game ended, but I wasn't sure what I would do. I liked going for it but I think I would have ran a play to the end zone or a wide run to kill more time. A pooch punt seemed like another attractive option.
Give me your play.