NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > Intentional illegal playcall by Badgers?
September 29, 2008, 02:02 PM
Just suppose you had a play in the playbook intended to fool the defense with a subtle but illegal formation, lining up the tight end as a blocker but sending him out for a pass? Maybe the defense sees the lineup and plays accordingly (doesn't cover him downfield), but the refs miss it.

Then suppose you score a touchdown down by 8 with 13 seconds left, and you need to go for 2 to send it to overtime. Would that not be the ideal time to call such a play? Even if the refs make the call, you still get another shot at it.

Further suppose you have a smart, All-American-caliber tight end, who knows exactly what he's doing. But didn't practice all week, providing a "plausible deniability" smokescreen.

Whaddya think? Did the tight end screw up, or was Bielema playing for every advantage, at the edge of the rulebook?
 
October 3, 2010  10:05 AM ET

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