Holtz explains not going for 2 after late TD
Many of you asked via Twitter and the live blog to find out why USF coach Skip Holtz opted to kick an extra point rather than go for two after the Bulls finally scored a touchdown to get within 27-9 of Cincinnati with 7:19 left in Friday's game.
Yes, going for two would allow USF to potentially get within 16 points and thus two scores, though for that to be relevant, the same offense that had just scored its first touchdown in more than 10 quarters would have to convert three 2-point conversions and score another two touchdowns in the final seven minutes, with the help of a defense that again forced zero takeaways.
But there's little reason to take the single point in such a situation, so we asked Holtz after Friday's game. Here's what he said:
"The score that made it ... (27-9) ... at that time, there was still a little bit of time," Holtz said. "We kick the field goal and said we're down three scores, that's what we said. We could have went for 2 ... and said OK we're going to go for two a couple of times."
There you go. He means "extra point" when he says field goal, of course. There really isn't a reasoning to kick the extra point, other than to concede such a comeback was extremely unlikely, but fans likely don't want to hear that either.