Posted by Tom Fornelli
We're only through three weeks of the season but Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio may have just sealed the award for the playcall of the year. The second half of Michigan State's game against Notre Dame turned into a shootout, as both teams took turns posting touchdowns, but at the end of sixty minutes a winner had yet to be decided.
After the Spartans held the Irish to a field goal on their first possession of the overtime, they found themselves in a similar position, facing a 4th and 14 at the Notre Dame 29. Dantonio sent out the kicking team, but there was no kick.
instead the holder, punter Aaron Bates, a former quarterback, dropped back in the pocket and found a wide open Charlie Gantt for a 29-yard touchdown and a 34-31 Spartans win. After the game Dantonio said they'd practiced the play -- called Little Giants after the movie of the same name -- all week, and had executed it perfectly, so why not use it?
"It was a gutsy call," said Dantonio on the field afterward, while his players mobbed each other on the field.
We find it rather hard to argue with Dantonio's evaluation. Though we might use a word other than "gutsy."