What not to do when punting late in a tie game
- by Doug Samuels 1 year ago
When there's 25 seconds left in the game and you're getting ready to send your punt unit onto the field with with the game tied up, most coaches would tell their punter to kick the ball out of bounds and not allow the nation's top punt returner a chance to win the game.
That's not what NC State did. Instead, they kicked the ball deep to the dangerous Giovani Bernard with less than 30 seconds left and Bernard made them pay. The return team set up some great blocks to spring him free.
Following the game winning return, Bernard solidified his spot as one of the most feared return men in the country. He averages 21 yards per return and has taken two touchdowns back for six in just twelve attempts. For his efforts, North Carolina was named the FootballScoop Special Teams Unit of the Week.
Let these videos serve as a warning to the teams that remain on North Carolina's schedule (Georgia Tech, Virginia and Maryland), if the game is on the line, keep the ball out of Giovani Bernard's hands (he also ranks third nationally in rushing yards per game).
He'll make you pay if you don't.