I said this the other day in the comments — I didn’t have a problem with Stoops wanting to score at the end of the game last Saturday and using his last time out with seconds left on the clock to set up the final play of the drive. I did find it more than curious, though, that he chose to do so as the result of a fourth quarter drive that lasted over eleven minutes with his team trailing by 23 points.
His original explanation for that was it provided a teaching experience for his players not to give up in a game. Okay, although if that’s the lesson you’re pursuing, maybe you should have been more aggressive to start with. In any event, he came up with a new tactical excuse at his presser yesterday.
He also added that final scores are crucial for voting in the polls and the bowl selection process. A 30-13 final score looks a whole lot prettier than 30-7, and if that’s what separates his team from another, he’s going to try.
And to be blunt, he really doesn’t understand why it’s a conversation.
“They look at the final score, it does matter. They keep score. It matters, it all matters,” he said.
I can’t wait to hear the director of the Sugar Bowl say “what sold us on Kentucky was scoring six meaningless points at the end of a game in which they were dominated by the best team in the country”. I mean, that’s some inspiring shit right there.
Think I would have stuck with the teaching moment excuse, Coach.