You knew going into the bowl game that you didn’t want to give Jeremy Maclin a chance to return a punt. You knew it, your players knew it, Ron Franklin calling the game knew it. You had your punter do all kinds of funky stuff to keep Maclin from returning a kick. You scratched and clawed all of the first half and were clinging to a seven point lead. Halftime was just seventy five seconds away. You were there.
And then you punted. And your punter tried another one of those strange punts, but got under it just a little bit.
And Maclin had his chance.
He was gone eight yards into the return.
Your team lost. In overtime.