A third down play is nerve racking from all aspects.
As a coach of the team on offense, the pressure is on you to call the right play and make sure that players are in the right spot on the field in order to get a first down. The same goes for the coach on defense but he needs to get his players in the right spot to prevent a first down.
As players, its do or die. Make the play and win. Don’t, and you lose.
Fans are helpless in this situation. All they can do is sit and watch with agonizing anticipation. Like a baby dropped off at day care and waiting for mother to return.
In New Mexico State’s case, all this didn’t matter. They pulled through in a situation where they had no other choice. Here is where we get play number four on our countdown.
How Plays Were Chosen
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3rd Down Boone
The play is 1:56 on the video above.
Down 17-16 against South Alabama in the fourth quarter, the Aggies were facing a 3rd and 10 on their own 39 yard line. Coach Martin called a pass play, Tyler Rogers drew back and threw to Johnathan Boone on the near sideline. Boone initially caught the ball, bobbled it and then hauled it in just before he hit out of bounds.
The catch saved the Aggies from a big fourth down and kept hope alive for a win and a bowl. And helped ease the tension of everyone in the stadium.
Kudos to you Mr. Boone. Check back here soon for the top three plays of 2017. They’re sure to make you tingle.