The bullshit meter went off on this one. With his team having just scored a touchdown to build its lead to 36-14 against Nebraska with 4:32 remaining last Saturday at Lincoln, Texas A&M's Dennis Franchione decided it was time to go for two.
Cornhusker fans went berserk.
The attempt was unsuccessful, but when Mr. VIP Connections strutted into his press conference Tuesday, he came prepared. Franchione threw a small laminated card at reporters that tells coaches when to attempt a two-point conversion:
Go for two when leading by: 1, 4, 5 (Early 1, Late 2), 12, 19 and 22
Go for two when trailing by: 2, 5, 12, 16, 22-34
Now let us go back to Sept. 3, 2005. Franchione's team had just scored to take a 23-22 lead at Clemson with 9:22 remaining. So what does he do? Kick the extra point, of course. And what happens? Clemson marches down the field and Richie Bean kicks a field goal — his sixth — to give the Tigers a 25-24 victory.
Where was the laminated card that day, coach?