4th Down Gambles Payoff in Hogs’ 21-20 Win over LA Tech

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Rewind to Saturday, 
4th and Goal, under seven minutes left, 
  Hogs go for it, down six….Austin Allen rolls to one side,
throws back to the other, finding Jeremy Sprinkle for a touchdown.
 The name of the play?
  “It’s called oh my gosh because when it starts happening, everybody goes oh my gosh,” Bret Bielema said.
  It ties the score prior to the PAT which proves to be the difference in a 21-20 escape against Louisiana Tech.
  Allen to Sprinkle on this occasion, as Bielema puts it, just part of the long list of creative names in the play-calling from Dan Enos.
   “Some of them I can’t even spell.
  Annexations, oh my goshes, all that stuff.  We just put OMG,” Bielema adds.
 Sprinkle’s role on this nail-biter begins by fake blocking.  Then after the defense pulls one way, Sprink runs a drag route.
  “There were two guys over there, which usually doesn’t happen.
   I’m supposed to be wide open, but one guy came with the flow and there was just one guy left
so I just had to pick whether to go in front or behind and Austin put the ball on the money,”
Sprinkle said.
  Hogs gamble and it leads to great execution.
   Allen reflects on preparation throughout the week and how it produced his second passing touchdown of the game.
  “We’ve been practicing that play all week and everyone knew what they were doing, and Sprinkle
did it perfectly.  It worked out for us,” Allen said.
  Not out of the woods yet, Bielema had a good feeling to go for it again with 1:22 left.  Kody Walker picked up the first down on a 4th and 1. 
 “That last one, there’s no book on that last one, that was just a pure gut feel.
  I looked at my offensive line.  They had really good eyes.  Dan felt good about the call.  Kody played fullback,
and that sealed it for us,” Bielema notes. 

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