College football coaching staff shredded for worst end-game clock management you'll see
Colorado State’s coaching staff made one of the worst clock management mistakes you’ll see in college football.
The Rams, coached by former SEC assistant and Boston College head coach Steve Addazio, were down 26-24 to Utah State with under a minute to play. Quarterback Todd Centeio completed a long 3rd and 10 pass to get well within field goal range to about the 22-yard-line with no timeouts left.
With 11 seconds left and the clock temporarily stopped on the first down play, the Rams inexplicably ran the field goal unit on the field instead of spiking it to stop the clock. Players were running on and off the field, and it was complete chaos.
And you can guess what happened next — the Rams missed the game-winning field goal. Addazio was looking around on the sideline for someone to yell at; however, he and his coaching staff have to know to tell their players spike the ball, stop the clock and either run another play or allow his field goal unit time to get on the field and get setup for the field goal.
This is inexplicable.
Instead of spiking it on first down and stopping the clock, Colorado State rushed their field goal unit onto the field.
With the clock running, they then missed the potential game-winning field goal. Utah State wins the game. pic.twitter.com/vw3sXclgDP
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) October 23, 2021
The Rams fell to 3-4 overall, while the Aggies improved to 5-2 overall. Naturally, the clock management mistakes were shredded on social media.
This is embarrassingly bad from their Staff. Inexplicable. We practiced this situation EVERY SINGLE WEEK so everyone on the team knew what to do when the situation presented itself. CSU was a mess.
Feel terrible for their kids and especially the kicker.
— Greg McElroy (@GregMcElroy) October 23, 2021
This is one of the worst cases of clock management we’ve probably seen in years. Mind-boggling. Horrible way to lose for Steve Addazio and CSU. https://t.co/qCDdROtF40
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 23, 2021
Colorado State with one of the worst clock management mistakes you will ever see.
— Wes Reynolds (@WesReynolds1) October 23, 2021
Colorado State literally lost by attempting a FG when it didn’t have to. https://t.co/6fhtyIVC1J
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) October 23, 2021
What… was that Colorado State?
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 23, 2021