If going for two with a 41-16 lead over rival Minnesota is wrong, Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema doesn’t want to be right.
“I’m not changing what I said because I spoke the truth on Saturday,” Bielema said in a Monday teleconference with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in regards to his decision to go for two. The Badgers won the game 41-23.
As for Minnesota coach Tim Brewster? Well, suffice it to say he doesn’t exactly feel the same way.
“I thought it was a very poor decision by a head football coach and he’ll have to live with that,” Brewster said after the game. “It was wrong. Everybody in here knows it and everybody in college football knows it. It was wrong.”
Bielema countered. “You know what? If we’re playing and somebody is going to go for two against me because they’re up 25, that’s what they should do, that’s what the card says.”
The card to which Bielema is referring is the scoring chart used by coaches. By his logic, a successful two point conversion would have left the score 43-16, a 27-point lead and four-possession game. Minnesota would have to scored three touchdowns, three two-point conversions and a field goal just to tie the game.
With 6:39 remaining in the fourth quarter, the odds were certainly stacked against the Gophers to achieve such a comeback, but Bielema wasn’t going to take any chances.
Well, at least that’s what he says.
“”I saw their [Minnesota's] offense score very, very fast,” Bielema asserted. “That’s all that was driving my mind. I went to the card and I would go with it 1,000,000 times over.”