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    Default Fla State-Clemson game--football question

    On a punt attempt, the snap sails over the punter's head. He runs back to retrieve it (at about the 10 yard line) then sprints into his own end zone for a safety, giving the other team 2 points and the ball. The announcer said something like "what a smart move" but didn't really explain why he thought it was so brilliant.

    I failed to see the wisdom in giving the other team two points. Does anyone have a good rationale for what the punter did?

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    The idea is that he gave up 2 points instead of possibly a touchdown, or instead of giving the other team the ball in such deep territory. I prefer the idea of trying to make somethin happen though.
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    It kind of backfired for Clemson. The theory was that they were playing such good defense earlier in the game that they would kick the ball away and hold FSU, then force them to punt. This would be better than giving FSU the ball on the 10, or have the punter stumble around trying to kick the ball and fumble. However, there was a short kickoff, long return and eventually a TD. So in this instance it wasn't the best decision.

    I did see Billy Belicheck use this perfectly a few years ago vs my beloved Broncos. The Pats were down 1, gave up 2, held Denver, then drove for the winning TD.
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    So, it sounds like it was a decision made with some risk, instead of a brilliant move as the announcer claimed. Forget the fact that Fla State did score. Clemson's choice at the time of the missive was to defend from their 10 yard line or give their opponents two points and defend from (reasonable expectation) mid-field. It doesn't seem like it would be worth giving up the two points unless experience had shown a clear benefit to such strategy.

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    You also have to factor in momentum. A big special teams play like blocking a kick and returning it for a touchdown will give the other team a lot of momentum. The punter did the right thing and didn't try to punt the ball and muff it. It did backfire a little, but they made FSU earn the touchdown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Champ Kind View Post
    You also have to factor in momentum. A big special teams play like blocking a kick and returning it for a touchdown will give the other team a lot of momentum. The punter did the right thing and didn't try to punt the ball and muff it. It did backfire a little, but they made FSU earn the touchdown.
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