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Gary Pinkel explains why he 'iced' his own kicker

Posted on: September 12, 2011 1:39 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 1:40 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Missouri's overtime loss to Arizona State on Friday night was filled with more than its share of exciting moments, as Missouri overcame a 30-16 deficit in the final quarter to force overtime. Of course, the end of the game also had one head-scratching moment as well.

With the game tied 30-30 and 17 seconds remaining, Missouri kicker Grant Ressel lined up for a 48-yard field goal attempt to win the game. Then, as you would expect in this situation, a timeout was called. Only, it wasn't Dennis Erickson and Arizona State who called the timeout, it was Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel.

Making matters even more confusing, after the first timeout, when Ressel and Mizzou lined up once more to kick the field goal, Pinkel called another timeout.

Ressel had been iced by his head coach twice. Why? Well, according to Pinkel, he was trying to get Arizona State to jump offsides so Ressel could attempt a 43-yard field goal instead.

"We tried to get five more yards," Pinkel told the St. Louis Post Dispatch. "They were jumping, (Vontaze Burfict) was jumping all over and blowing our guard up and timing it and going every time. And we thought just maybe we could get him to jump offsides and we'd have gotten the first down." 

Of course Ressel would go on to miss the kick and Missouri would lose in overtime. As you'd expect, Pinkel's caught a bit of heat for calling those timeouts, especially because nobody but he knew the reasoning behind them. Still, even knowing now what Pinkel was trying to do, I'm still not sure it was the right move.

There's enough pressure on a kicker in that game-winning situation to begin with, and that pressure is magnified when you add the distance of the kick into the equation. Could that five yards have made a big difference? Possibly, but I'm not sure the difference in the length of the kick had as much of an impact on the extra few minutes Ressel had to stand around thinking about it.

Since: Apr 25, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2011 6:10 pm

Gary Pinkel explains why he 'iced' his own kicker

Not sure why the rocket scientists covering this game on TV didnt figure this out in about 2.4 milliseconds as hopefully most of the audience did.  Highly doubtful that icing a kicker ever works but 5 more yards, yeah that helps.  Duh.

If you question the play calling on second and third down, now that is another issue and way more legitimate point.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 12, 2011 4:07 pm

Gary Pinkel explains why he 'iced' his own kicker

I would hope Pinkel was smarter than this, but maybe not.  If he is trying to get the other team to jump offsides, wouldn't you tell your center so he would know to snap the ball if someone from the other team actually jumped into the neutral zone? 

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2011 2:37 pm

Gary Pinkel explains why he 'iced' his own kicker

this is simply gary pinkel doing what gary pinkel does best......Out think himself and getting too cute and cost his team another game.

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: September 12, 2011 2:28 pm

Gary Pinkel explains why he 'iced' his own kicker

How about on second and third down you hand the ball off to your running back that had a 10.4 yards per carry avg. for the game and you dont have to worry iceing your own kicker.  Coaches lost the game.  Good game Franklin.

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