Sunday, November 15, 2009

A bonanza weekend of football
The Indianapolis Colts comeback victory over the New England Patriots capped a wild and very entertaining weekend of professional and college football.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are going to the Rose Bowl after their overtime upset of Iowa at Columbus on Saturday, and USC's reign as king of the Pacific 10 under head coach Pete Carroll ended when Stanford blew the Trojans out of the L.A. Coliseum, 55-21, the worse loss ever for a USC team.
The Monday Morning Quarterbacks should have a field day with the decisions made by Bill Billichick of the Patriots and Carroll of USC. In the Patriots-Colts game, Billichick decided to go for a first down on 4th and 2 from New England's 28 yard line and the play came up a good yard short. The Colts took over and Peyton Manning engineered a perfect, time-consuming drive that won the game for Indianapolis, 35-34.
Carroll's stubborn loyalty to freshman quarterback Matt Barkley and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates' play-calling undid USC against one of its most bitter rivals.
Coaching decisions often make the difference in winning and losing. This weekend, Billichick of New England and Carroll of USC made calls that played a big part in the fate of both their teams.

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