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Civil War 4th Down Decision Making

Man, it seems like our 4th down discussion (concerning Tedford punting and Harbaugh going for it) has a Part II. A lot of interesting scenarios popped up in yesterday's Oregon-Oregon State game, and I want to go over all of them.

1) Oregon State, 1st quarter, 4th and goal, 1 yard line, opening drive after the Masoli pick. I like this call--if you're a Rose Bowl caliber team, you can get that yard riding with Quizz.

(It was converted)

2) Oregon, 3rd quarter, 4th and 6, Oregon State 35, 7 and a half left, Ducks down 9. Tough one. Canfield at this point in the game was looking unstoppable tearing apart Oregon's defense, so you factor that one in. A 52 yard field goal is really tough, so you'd expect either a punt, going for it, or giving the ball to the Beavers at their own 35. I like this call too--how many touchbacks do we see in this situation?

(It was converted)

3) Oregon State, 4th quarter, 4th and 15, Oregon 27, 6:16 left, Beavers down 4.
Didn't really agree with this one; even though you're on the road, I go for 3 points--the odds of converting a 4th and 15 are sooo long. A missed field goal doesn't really hurt you, and Kahut had been hitting from that range.

(It was not converted)

4) Oregon, 4th quarter, 4th and 3, Oregon State 33, 3:29 left, Ducks up 4.
Similar field position as (2), similar down and distance as (2), so I like the decision to go here. 3 yards should be cake for Oregon's offense.

(It was converted)

5) Oregon, 4th quarter, 4th and 2, Oregon State 19, 1:43 left, Ducks up 4. Boy...a field goal and you're sure not to lose in overtime, a first down and you're going to the Rose Bowl. That's way too enticing to pass up isn't it? I guess extra incentive to go for it comes from the fact that Canfield's already led one end-of-the-half 2 minute drive, and you don't want to deal with that again. If you don't get it Canfield still has to go 80 yards regardless.

Still, I probably kick the field goal. I'm guessing Tedford does too.

(It was converted)

So I agreed with three of the five decisions in the Civil War outright, and am ambivalent about (5). I definitely disagreed with (4).

What about you? Which decisions did you agree with and why?

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