The play-calling for Hugh Freeze on the Rebels’ last offensive possession, when they were tied at 38 with Texas A&M, has been a hot topic since the 41-38 loss.
The drive began with 3:07 on the clock and used just 34 seconds. Johnny Manziel and the Aggies took over at their 29 with 2:33 to play and kicked the winning field goal on the last play of the game.
Freeze on Monday changed what he’d said on Saturday night in response to questions about that possession.
It’s not unusual for coaches to have different opinions after watching the film, and on Saturday night, offensive coordinator Dan Werner, who was in the press box, had a different opinion of that series than Freeze did then. Said Werner Saturday night: “No, I think (Bo) made a good decision. The (other) guy made a good play.”
This was what Freeze had to say on Saturday night: “The first one was a run-pass option. Wish we’d have handed that one off. I can second-guess all that, but the next play we have a guy wide open and hit him right in the chest. You’ve got to make plays. Run or pass, you’ve got to make plays.”
He spoke with more detail about that last possession on Monday.
Freeze: “We had a little deal we’ve done the whole second half, where we try to short motion and try to see exactly what they’re running to make the call accordingly. They were going to boundary hammer with an eight-man front, which is very difficult to run against. We checked to a pass and unfortunately it didn’t go to the right place. We had a guy in the flat area wide open for nice gainer to get a good drive starter. We made a bad decision. To me, that was better than running it and being in second-and-10 or nine or 11 with what I saw was coming. They checked out of it which took away the two verticals, but we definitely had the flat open. We then came back with another route we felt good about. We should have made the play and we didn’t. We’ve got to make those when those times are like that. The first one was just a check based on what they were in, which we had done pretty much the whole second half.”