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Stoops says going for it on fourth down was a “poor decision”

© Dale Zanine

© Dale Zanine

© Dale Zanine

Mark Stoops didn’t have a lot of answers or excuses for his football team after the game, admitting to reporters that his decision to go for it on 4th and 2 on the Georgia 48-yard line at the start of the second half was a bad call.

“Poor decision,” Stoops said. “In hindsight, not a good choice by me. I felt like we needed a spark. As you can tell, possessions were going to be very tough for us and I went for it there and it didn’t work. It wasn’t a very smart decision by me.”

JoJo Kemp was dropped for a one-yard loss on that play, which may have been the tipping point for the defense.

“When you’re not moving the football, it makes it extremely difficult,” Stoops said. “You add in some turnovers, not good. Then the defense, you can’t win. We’re not built to play like that. We can’t keep going out and sustaining it, against anybody, especially a physical football team. We keep on going on the field thinking we’re going to get off. It gets difficult.”

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7 Comments for Stoops says going for it on fourth down was a “poor decision”



  1. j4stone
    3:39 pm November 7, 2015 Permalink

    Not a poor decision to go for it, the play call was poor



  2. leon singleton
    3:40 pm November 7, 2015 Permalink

    The poor decision was hiring Dawson.



  3. AndTheDevil
    3:49 pm November 7, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t think it was the decision as much as the play called. I mean why do you run a play to pick up two yards that starts with your RB getting the ball six yards behind the line of scrimmage. He had to pick up 8 yards on 4th & 2 to get a 1st



  4. Northfork
    3:50 pm November 7, 2015 Permalink

    Poor decision and VERY poor play call. 4 & 3 and you run the Wild Cat. Child Please.



  5. CATandMONKEY
    3:53 pm November 7, 2015 Permalink

    A punt would have likely yielded the same field position for Georgia. Nice to see a balls call for a change.



  6. BluKudzu
    4:19 pm November 7, 2015 Permalink

    Does anyone remember the anticipation we had prior to the season? How we were told we are going to be a good football team, better than last year? Hope was high, many thought, finally, THIS IS OUR YEAR!
    Then we played ULL, and was one play from losing to a current bottom feeder in the Sun Belt. The Sun Belt. We won, chalked it up as the first game, we are going to get better.
    Then we played South Carolina. We knew they were not very good. Again one play from losing. Hey it was on the road, SEC WIN. That is just one we can’t lose. We took it.
    Then Mizzou. Did not know it at the time but they were awful, SEC win number two. 1 play from losing that one, but we think we are making progress.
    Then we lose to Florida at home. Close, but no cigar, we did ok. We seemed to show signs of potential.
    Then we played EKU. An OVC team. Turns out, it is the only team with a winning record we have beat this year, come from behind overtime to a team that has no where near the resources we have in facilities and talent. One play away. Spun as really overlooking the for the bigger game, Auburn.
    Thursday night exposure and exposed. That is when the entire SEC figured us out on offense. Same plays, no deviation, played bad, out coached. Lost, but could have won with just one play.
    Players transfer.
    Mississippi State. Players just are not in the game, bad coaching, Beat down.
    Tennessee at home, bad coaching, players quitting on the coaches. Total humiliating beat down in every phase.
    UGA. The fifth loss. If there was ever a chance for UK to steal one, this was it. Perhaps the most defining game to everyone where we are as a team. Special teams played horribly, O line had no clue, less than 190 total yards. Defense gave up scores against a team that could not buy a touchdown.
    We have gotten worse as the season has gone on. The next games will not be any better, there is going to be a mass exodus of players and coaches after this year.
    Vandy is coming folks. It is going to be ugly. Charlotte is no automatic we once thought. Don’t count on Petrino to take a knee against us this year at home either. Louisville needs a feel good game, and we are it.
    How this has changed.



  7. kybigblue
    4:38 pm November 7, 2015 Permalink

    Remember we had eight home games this year plus every team in the SEC east except for UF has at least three SEC loses. We wouldn’t get that favorable schedule again anytime in the near future.