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Mark Dantonio has guts, BIG guts

Posted on: September 19, 2010 12:02 am
Edited on: September 19, 2010 12:04 am
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

We're only through three weeks of the season but Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio may have just sealed the award for the playcall of the year.  The second half of Michigan State's game against Notre Dame turned into a shootout, as both teams took turns posting touchdowns, but at the end of sixty minutes a winner had yet to be decided.

After the Spartans held the Irish to a field goal on their first possession of the overtime, they found themselves in a similar position, facing a 4th and 14 at the Notre Dame 29.  Dantonio sent out the kicking team, but there was no kick.

instead the holder, punter Aaron Bates, a former quarterback, dropped back in the pocket and found a wide open Charlie Gantt for a 29-yard touchdown and a 34-31 Spartans win.  After the game Dantonio said they'd practiced the play -- called Little Giants after the movie of the same name -- all week, and had executed it perfectly, so why not use it?

"It was a gutsy call," said Dantonio on the field afterward, while his players mobbed each other on the field.

We find it rather hard to argue with Dantonio's evaluation.  Though we might use a word other than "gutsy."


Comments

Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2010 12:29 pm
 

Mark Dantonio has guts, BIG guts

there score bored showed 0 as while and it was not acc it was big east!



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2010 12:23 pm
 

Mark Dantonio has guts, BIG guts

they actually used ACC refs because it was technically a non-conference game and they knew the refs needed to be neutral, so the argument of big ten refs is irrelevant 



Since: Jan 26, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2010 11:02 am
 

Mark Dantonio has guts, BIG guts

From what I understand, the clock showing on TV was not necessarily synced with the official clock which is kept on the field by (I believe) all six officials.  If their clock goes off, delay of game is called.  ABC may have had some technical error which led to showing a time that was slightly incorrect.  In any case, having the cajones to make the call was quite impressive.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2010 10:13 am
 

Mark Dantonio has guts, BIG guts


"Why is it that the play occured after the play clock went to 00?

Because a clock shows zero when 0.999999 seconds are left to go."

You are thinking of basketball. You are wrong. In football, when the play clock shows zero, a delay of game infraction has occurred.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2010 9:56 am
 

Mark Dantonio has guts, BIG guts

Clock, shmock.  It was a hell of a call and a hell of play.  Anything else is sour grapes.  Good win to MSU.  I hope they smack the other Michigan team around.



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2010 9:34 am
 

Mark Dantonio has guts, BIG guts

no for like 4 sec the play clock was at 0 its all over but no one but nd fans are talking about it and I am sorry but ya it was a great call, But the fact is that the play clock was at 0 and the big ten riff new it and did not stop it, 



Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2010 8:13 am
 

Mark Dantonio has guts, BIG guts

I'm a fan of ND, but the play clock being at 00 or not does not change the fact that the coach had (pardon the Major League 2 reference) MARBLES...  If they got the snap off a fraction of a second late or not, Notre Dame, and I, were completely caught off guard and the play worked to perfection... Just wished it happened to a different team Undecided



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2010 8:03 am
 

Mark Dantonio has guts, BIG guts

I don't recall the play clock being at 0:00.  Maybe you were looking at the game clock, which would have been at 0:00 b/c the game was in overtime? 

I am not a fan of ither team, but I only dislike Sparty while I can't stand anything to do w/ND and the natl. nonsense they generate.  That was a great ending and it couldn't have happened against a more deserving team. 



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2010 4:34 am
 

Mark Dantonio has guts, BIG guts

You dont need them when the refs are not paying attention.

Bad calls go both ways.

Why is it that the play occured after the play clock went to 00?

Because a clock shows zero when 0.999999 seconds are left to go.

How many times is the game going to be decided by bad refs this year?

Probably about the same number of times as last year or the year before.

First of all, I contest your allegations.

Second, ND has never benefited from a bad call?

Third, the refs are always part of the game.

Tthe game is in the books.

No amount of whining will change anything except the loss of respect people will have for you as a person.


It was a gutsy call.

Smile



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2010 12:11 am
 

Mark Dantonio has guts, BIG guts

The heck with guts. You dont need them when the refs are not paying attention. Why is it that the play occured after the play clock went to 00? How many times is the game going to be decided by bad refs this year?


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