MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP
I have been on a crusade to find the answer to a question about a timeout. And after six days of searching I am no closer than when I began.
I think by "balls" he means "brain farts".
A dollar, autographed by the Going South roadtrippers, to the reader who can explain Les Miles thinking at the end of regulation in LSU's 3 OT loss to Arkansas, last Thursday.
Down 28-21 with 1:30 remaining, LSU had fourth and goal at the Arkansas 6. After a run on third down, the game clock was ticking. 1:23...1:22...1:21..... The play clock ran down to 21 seconds and Les Miles signaled for a timeout.
And I ask you why?
That's the $1 question I'm putting on the table. My issue isn't with the timeout itself but with the timing of it. Why did he take a timeout with 21 seconds on the play clock rather than waiting until two seconds remained? If someone can give me a rational explanation, I will take a page out of sportswriter Norman Chad's book and gladly mail you a buck.
Let's examine the facts. The best scenario for LSU would be scoring the tying touchdown with a few seconds left and leaving the Razorbacks with only a few remaining seconds to drive for the winning score, right? So the Tigers obviously needed to bleed time off the game clock, not conserve it.
We want you, Les Miles, to explain your thinking.
When Miles called the timeout, the CBS announcers briefly questioned the strategy, asking why Miles wouldn't wait until the play clock neared zero before calling it. Why would Miles give Arkansas, a team with two timeouts remaining, 20 extra seconds, potentially enough for three pass plays on the final series?
I have asked this very question to a dozen or so people in the football know, and not one has had the slightest clue. One person pointed out that by not waiting twenty more seconds Miles not only gave Arkansas precious time but also cut short his own team's time to strategize for its final two plays.
Miles time mismanagement ended up not costing his team the game. On fourth down, Flynn connected with Demetrius Byrd for the tying score. Arkansas' Felix Jones ran the ensuing kickoff back to the 48, but Casey Dick and the Razorbacks offense sputtered, failing to net even a first down.
The fact that his decision to call a timeout with over twenty seconds remaining on the play clock didn't affect the outcome doesn't excuse the simple, unavoidable fact that Miles error could easily have cost LSU the game and, consequently, the chance to play for the national title.
Or perhaps I'm missing something here.
No reporter, as far as I can tell, asked Miles about his decision in either his post-game interview or Monday press conference. In Monday's presser, however, Miles did have one golden quote. Said Miles: "[We have] not lost a game in regulation...If you just give us ties, like in the old system, we are undefeated with two ties. Maybe that adds up as one lost.”
Michigan might want to think twice before handing Coach Miles the keys to the Big House.