Chip Kelly doomed himself in his UCLA debut on Saturday night time with an terrible choice late within the Bruins’ season-opening recreation.
Kelly’s Bruins had been trailing Cincinnati 19-17 with slightly below six minutes remaining within the recreation and confronted a 4th-and-1 choice from their 36. The offense had been struggling and hadn’t produced factors of their earlier 5 possessions, one among which included a security. However, the protection had been stellar and hadn’t allowed any factors all half, forcing a number of three-and-outs.
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The choice to punt and swing area place to arrange a better drive for the Bruins the following time, the place they’d solely want a area objective to take the lead, made all of the sense on the earth. As an alternative, Kelly determined to go for it. The offense lined up in a shotgun formation and tried to throw for the primary down despite the fact that true freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson was displaying accuracy points and the receivers had been dropping passes.
Thompson-Robinson was unable to attach along with his receiver, and the Bruins turned the ball over on downs.
UCLA might need had an opportunity to get the ball again and nonetheless win the sport, however one other downside plagued them.
Not solely did Cincinnati boldly convert a 4th-and-2 from the UCLA 12 to kill extra clock, however they transformed one other 4th down later within the drive. Simply when Cincinnati was going to take a area objective to go up 22-17 with 1:47 left, the Bruins had been penalized for having 12 males on the sphere. The penalty introduced Cincinnati from 4th and objective on the 2 to 4th and objective on the 1, and this time they went for it. They scored a landing to place them up 26-17, giving them a two-possession lead.
Kelly is understood for being a daring coach who takes probabilities. That’s one thing he did earlier within the second half by going for it on a 4th down nearer to midfield. That probability made sense. However there was little or no sense in taking the chance in that state of affairs when the offense had been so unhealthy and the protection had been taking part in so nicely. Punting, trusting the protection, and getting higher area place would have seemingly given the Bruins a significantly better probability of profitable the sport.
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