COLLEGE PARK, MD. – Why was Michael Geiger running with the football? His job for the Michigan State football team is to use his right foot to kick the ball through the uprights, not pretend he’s LJ Scott or Gerald Holmes.
Yet there was Geiger running around the right side of the line of scrimmage as the final second of the first half ticked off. He had taken a direct snap and followed a pulling blocker around the edge but the play gained just four yards. He needed another 24 yards to make the play mean anything.
Why in the world would Geiger do that?
Because his head coach told him to do it, that’s why.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio called for the fake field goal attempt on the last play of the half and his team tied with Maryland, 14-14, Saturday night at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. Gieger had a healthy wind at his back so the 45-yard distance should have been no problem.
It should have been.
“I thought it was a good play. I thought they were set up for it,” said Dantonio after the Spartans had finished off a fifth straight loss, 28-17. “I thought with one second to go, it’s a 45-yarder. We’re running the ball well enough. We’re passing the ball well enough. I thought points would come. I was looking for a big payoff.
“It’s on me.”
Kevin Goheen covers Michigan State for Landof10.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CincyGoGo