Sunday, November 05, 2006
The 3-2-5-e Loophole Is Exploited
Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema exploits the new 3-2-5-e rule, designed to shorten games. After scoring a touchdown with 23 seconds left in the first half against Penn State, the Badgers successfully run out the clock and keep the Penn State offense off the field by twice being offsides on the kickoff. As for shortening the game, this clip is 6:06 long (worth every second, in our opinion), meaning the final 23 seconds took much longer to run under 3-2-5-e than it would have under the old rules. And a good job by analyst Paul Maguire for picking up on what Bielema was up to. Because the rules can't be changed in the middle of the season, we can only hope other coaches do the same to hasten the repeal of 3-2-5-e in the offseason.
Update: We have our first incident of a coach copying Bielema's move. North Dakota State's Craig Bohl, who watched the Penn State-Wisconsin game, used Bielema's tactics during the Bison's 28-24 victory over dreaded California Davis. And please check out the rest of our humble blog.
Posted by dawizofodds at 12:47 PM