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I don't see where spiking the ball would have helped GA. Just to set up would have run 4-5secs off the clock. The only way spiking would have helped is to have 2 plays called. Chances are, on of them would have been the play that ended up getting tipped.
It was a very sound call, but Moseley made the play and it was a fitting ending to such a hard-fought battle by both teams. This was an instant classic and I am just so proud of how our players kept fighting.
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I've seen multiple times where spiking only ticked off one second. I saw once this season (forget which team) where they spiked the ball and no time ticked. The refs had to stop the play to reset the clock and take a second off.
I don't think it changes the outcome, he tried to go for back of endzone, it got tipped and caught short.
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They would have had 2 more plays after the spike. From the 8, could have changed the game. I have watched it again and you can tell Murray is running down the field and looking over at the side line making a motion with his arm like he was asking if they wanted him to spike it. That ending was all on the coaches.
If they had spiked it they could have won...and they very well might have. I'm glad they didn't!
Spiking it didnt cost them the extra play, catching the tipped ball did. Now, one could argue they wouldve had a better play called with a spike, given they wouldve been able to huddle - but I think they liked the matchup they had and they had Bama on their heels. He threw a pass that wouldve been a TD or incomplete and probably given them another chance... luckily Mosely has hops
Exactly, 5-10 more seconds would have easily ran off the clock if they had tried to line up and run a play after the tipped pass so the 3-5 seconds they may have saved by spiking it would have made no difference. That play was intended as basically a spike because if it hadn't been tipped and would have gone incomplete there would have been 8-10 seconds left on the clock.
I think that was a trick like Marino ran years & years ago. I don't think they ever intended to spike the ball. They were trying to make it look like they would spike it in order to catch us off guard.
Spiking would have also allowed them time to huddle, calm down, and make sure everyone was on the same page to attempt the final plays.
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