As I mentioned the throw back screen Vandy ran that led to a pick six by Bowman was a terrible call… except it wasn’t called.
Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said quarterback Stephen Rivers, who replaced starter Wade Freebeck, read a play-call upside-down on his wristband on a key fourth-and-2 play in the third quarter. A “60” call signaled to Rivers was interpreted as “90,” and it resulted in a 53-yard interception return by Georgia’s Devin Bowman to end Vanderbilt’s comeback hopes and seal the outcome.
“(Rivers) looked at the wristband wrong (because) 60 was the play call, but 90 is what he called. He sort of flipped it, got it confused,” Mason said. “In the end, it just wound up being a bad play.”
Oopsie! Except that’s not the whole story.
Mason, a defensive-minded coach, said he realized the offense was lined up for the wrong play at the snap. He said offensive coaches, which would include offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell, should have recognized it earlier.
And even that’s not the whole story.
Scheu said the play-call made no sense, but players did not object.
“We thought the play-call was funky once we heard it in the huddle,” Scheu said. “Guys were kind of looking around thinking that probably wasn’t the best call, but no one stood up and said anything about it unfortunately. It was obviously the wrong play-call against the defense they were running.”
That’s your epic team fail, right there.