The most curious decision in Maryland’s 19-14 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday came on, of all things, an extra point.
The Terps had just gone up 19-14 with 5:37 left, a scenario that would usually beg for a two-point try.
Make it, and you’re up seven.
Miss it, you’re down five —- and the opponent needs a touchdown to take the lead.
Try an extra point and you’re down six —- and the opponent needs a touchdown and an extra point to take the lead.
Maryland’s Randy Edsall opted for the extra point. That kicker Brad Craddock missed it really wasn’t as relevant as the decision to pass on trying to extend the lead to seven.
“I just thought I kicked the [extra point] there because our defense was playing really well and I guess I probably felt better about kicking the [extra point] than rather see if we could get a two-point conversion,” Edsall said.
It ultimately didn’t impact the outcome of the game, since the Terps allowed only one first down to Wake on its final three possessions. But Edsall’s choice surely would have come up earlier during his postgame presser (it took more than 10 minutes for the subject to be broached) had Wake Forest rallied to score a touchdown in the closing moments.
—- Patrick Stevens