Onside Kick Decision Was Terrible
I usually agree with Mike Norvell’s decision to be aggressive in games, particularly on fourth downs, to extend drives and provide the offense with opportunities to score more points.
However, his decision to do an onside kick to start the third quarter against Miami was baffling and ultimately cost FSU three points.
It was a tie game at the half, and Miami only had 180 total yards. Why give an offense that’s struggling to move the ball excellent field position?
While it’s cool to trust your defense, why not trust them to force a punt and not risk the opportunity to give a struggling offense points?
The probability of recovering an onsides kick are fairly low, and I didn’t understand giving them any momentum when the second half ended with 10 unanswered points.
Ultimately, the decision didn’t cost FSU because the defense was stout against Miami in the second half. However, I thought it was a terrible decision in a big rivalry game.