The Final Seconds

Mike London's use of Virginia's second-half timeouts was, to say the least, baffling to me. London used all three timeouts, two different times, to ice Cody Journell, and not to extend the game. Kickers really aren't any more or less likely to make or miss a field goal when iced. Also, this season Tech allowed game winning scores against Cincinnati and Florida State with 1:43 and 2:13 remaining on the clock, respectively. Coming into Saturday Journell was 5-5 on kicks of 20-29 yards, and 6-8 on kicks of 40-49 yards. Journell missed a 42-yard attempt, but nailed the 29-yard game winner. The distance coupled with the wind swirling around Lane probably had more to do with Journell's miss than London's mind games.

London tried to rationalize his clock mismanagement to David Teel, instead of owning the mistake.

Getting back to you. 40 sec left thought process.

1. PK missed previous one.

2. Make them run/handle FB.

3. did not want expend the last two TO and concede 3 pts. Even with poss 30/25 secs left.

4. They would be kicking off with the wind. All kickoffs from the opp end to our locker room were ALL touchbacks.

Aspect of down 3 pts – ball on our 25 no time outs, 3-14 for 3rd downs, and drive the field to tie or score Td to win against the wind?

I needed a way to commemorate the end of the game, and this GIF is what I came up with. Enjoy.

Comments

He could have saved a few cents in texts if be would have just told Teel

"I didn't trust my offense."

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

@VT_Warthog

Agree 100% that's what it was

But you can't say that about your team, and frankly, you can't make those decisions (holding the timeouts) because anyone with half a football brain (which may or may not apply to his players) KNOWS that's why he did it. So now he's basically shown his offense he thinks they're shit (at least on Saturday against us) but he doesn't have the sack to come out and say it. DONTFIREMIKELONDON DOT COM

But, as another coach would put it, they were really only 4 or 5 plays away from winning the game...

Oh, and masterful GIF, Joe

This is comparable to the 38-0 GIF of those two UVA girls with the sign from last year. I watched that on and off for MONTHS

Great GIF

My guess is that London wanted to hear Sandman again, and was giving the booth time to que it.

As a side note, I understand that Mike London is petitioning the ACC to allow him to carry over timeouts to next season.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Quite bizarre

I re-watched the whole thing on ESPN3 last night since I missed the game due to a lousy internet feed at my in-law's house.

The final minutes were bizarre and I thought that London was second- and triple-guessing himself. It seem he has lost confidence in Rocco to engineer a game-winning drive after Exum made that game-saving interception. It was almost like London was gambling on the fact that his defense could force a quick three-and-outs, but failed to realize that O'cainspring were milking the clock for all it was worth.

I'm also guessing that London was banking on Rocco making the Drive since Tech gave up several game-winning drives this season, but I guess we will never know why London didn't call the time out to save time on the clock.

He was an effing idiot for doing that.

9 straight, in your face, you WaWa Hoos!

I support Logan Thomas and make no apologies for it.

the best i can come up with is he was counting on journell missing. . .and had zero confidence is his offense.

"It's worth it right? It's worth it to lay it all on the line for your brothers!"
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster (both quotes)

Figured

I kind of figured that's what Mike was trying to do. He failed.

He's a failure.

He's a loser.

He's a WAHOO!

I support Logan Thomas and make no apologies for it.

Mike London, UVA Coaching Great

DOUBLE ICING THE KICKER WOULD HAVE WORKED AT RICHMOND AGAINST A FCS OPPONENT. THE FAKE FIELD GOAL WOULD HAVE WORKED AT RICHMOND TOO.

Mike, you could have been winning FCS Championships at Richmond all this time.

Yes, I'm still bitter. A very bitter Spider.

So needless to say, London's complete regression as a football coach while at UVA has given me great joy.

NO.

Just no.

Anybody else see this on twitter??

MIKE, THE LUNCH PAIL IS OUR THING.

Well I guess if we can't beat them, we'll steal their traditions....

Oh UVA.

Two epic goatees. Two epic coaches. Tip of the Spear and The Lunchpail. GRIMES&FOSTER.

haha was gonna post this, it's making the rounds on tumblr too

"It's worth it right? It's worth it to lay it all on the line for your brothers!"
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster (both quotes)

Yep.

You're right. Looks a lot less out of place than the lunch pail.

Maybe Mike thought he could pack up those two timeouts and take them with him for next season's Commonwealth Cup match.