Guttiest play call of the season

If you didn’t get the chance to see how the Notre Dame-Michigan State game ended in overtime, check this out.

Fake field goal.  Wow.


UPDATE: From the land of you-can’t-make-this-up – Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio had a heart attack after his team’s overtime victory against Notre Dame.


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26 responses to “Guttiest play call of the season

  1. Scorpio Jones, III

    The antithesis of playing not to lose.

    Wish I knew a State fan to hug.

    God, Senator, this just makes it worse.

    The worms in my yard bettah watch they ass today.


  2. DavetheDawg

    I wonder if MSU’s coach has any stock tips?


  3. Chuck

    I saw it last night as it was happening, and the thing that stunned me the most was how much time the holder had to find his receiver and throw. Wth was ND thinking? Setting up themselves up for return? It was a gutsy call, but ND looked very Dawg like with their ‘deer in headlights’ look. Why bother to have any one rush the kicker?


  4. Dog in Fla

    It was then I realized that we are Notre Dame.


  5. S.E. Dawg

    That wasn’t a TE was it?


  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of guys.


  7. Will Trane

    Maybe we are closer than we think. 2010 will certainly tell the tale.

    A new AD and a University President have said enough. Some head coaches that probably have the same mindset and have not voiced it to the public.

    The 2010 football team will attest to where the program is going and if the changes CMR is making is working. Many will be tried and tested. Fire does that. But the football team is not alone. Baseball and basketball are in the fire too.


  8. MacGyverDawg

    Mark Richt would never do that in a million years. He wouldn’t even do that to save his own life.

    I really like CMR as a head coach and a person. I hope one day that my son gets to play for him.

    BUT, in his years at UGA our offense has lost ALL imagination and creativity. We absolutely never fool anyone at anytime. I wish we would STOP playing not to lose and START playing to win.


  9. ugafan

    Coach Dantonio might have gotten too excited after that awesome win. He suffered a heart attack last night after the game.


  10. cousin eddie

    If I saw it correctly the MSU head coach Donitano had a heart attack this am. That call must to have been real hard to make. If what I saw is correct I wish him a speedy recovery.


  11. Macallanlover

    Note that the play clock had expired when the ball was snapped. Still a gutsy call in that situation. I don’t blame ND for not trying to block a low-risk, 46 yard attempt and risk an offside or roughing call, but why wouldn’t you have those guys standing back do something productive? Obviously more time needs to be devoted to STs.

    Hate to hear that about Donitano, wish him a speedy recovery. Odd thing is he was the calmest person on the field during the interview with the sideline reporter explaining why it wasn’t such a big deal.


    • 69Dawg

      Probably because he was having chest pain, very sobering.


      • Macallanlover

        I had the same procedure almost 15 years ago, single artery with a stent placed. Don’t know which artery his was in, mine was in the big one, unless he waited to act on the discomfort, he should be fine (that is not limited in his ability to live a normal life), but mentally it is a shock if you have never had health issues before and thought you were still invincible.

        If it was his first wake-up call, it will cause you to re-examine your priorities. Wouldn’t suprise me to see him step back for the next few months, even though he will probably have few physical limitations if this just involves one artery.

        You may be right, he may have been experiencing symptoms during that interview. I thought he did act strange considering it was such an emotional situation.


        • AthensHomerDawg

          15 years is good.


          • Macallanlover

            Yes, you realize there are no guarantees so each one is now more appreciated. I had no warnings, ignored no signs, etc., so I had some things to put in order since it could have been over then, and could obviously happen again. Fortunately for me, I was given a mulligan. There was no particular reason I got off that table; some don’t.


    • Phocion

      I agree. The call in the situation was the perfect surprise. Notre Dame not rushing the kick too hard for fear of the incurring a penalty was probably also the right call…but not being prepared for a fake, well, that’s inexcusible.


  12. Scorpio Jones, III

    Isn’t it easy to sit on your fat asses on the couch and be a genius-level football diagnostician.

    And have the consummate gall to say these people don’t care, don’t know what they are doing and are not smart enough to be your football coach.


  13. Hobnail_Boot

    I loved his post-game speech. To paraphrase: “Yeah, I know it was a great call. I’m the man, now leave me alone.”


  14. Russ

    Saw it live, and it absolutely fooled everyone. ND tried to cover it (the corner rusher pulled back to cover the kicker who was sprinting out to the flats as a receiver). Just a great call by a coach with huge brass ones. And it couldn’t happen to a better team.


  15. Anon

    And I would like to gradulate Corch Mike Dantino, who gusty play won him the game ball.