Oh No is Right Verne

Here’s the controversial interception by LSU’s Eric Reid:

Talk missed field goals all you want, but this is the play of the game.

Was is an interception?  I think an argument can be made either way, but it appears to me that Reid is taking the ball away from Michael Williams as he is falling.

Brandon Gibson, as Gary Danielson noted, runs a drag route and carries Reid toward Williams.  Did Gibson run a sloppy route and not sell the fake hard enough?  Perhaps.  But in my opinion the play diagram and the execution were both somewhat flawed.  AJ McCarron and Gibson both lined up on the left side of the field, DeAndrew White lines up wide right and motions left and Marquis Maze fakes the ball to him after the snap.  Williams, Maze and a dragging Gibson are the only options on the right side of the field.  Williams bumps the defensive end, but it doesn’t slow him and the DE pressures Maze, eliminating any run option.  The pressure also seemed to delay Maze’s throw.  If Maze had stepped up or hadn’t been pressured, the pass is likely for a touchdown.  Gibson wasn’t an option on the play, so it does seem his route was either lazy or ill-conceived.  If his drag had been a yard or two shorter and run with more intensity Reid most likely stays with him for a split second longer.

But the LSU defense was also aware that Maze was likely to throw.  They’ve said as much.  So perhaps Maze should have been used in the Wildcat earlier in the game to set up this play.  Also in hindsight: White may have scored if the ball was handed to him or he could have picked up another first down.

As it was, though, LSU was able to pressure Maze, diagnose Williams’ route and then make a play by taking the ball from Williams and ultimately creating a lot of what-might-have-been scenarios.


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