In preparing for last week’s home opener against No. 6-ranked California (Pa.), the Edinboro coaches made a decision to go for it on 4th-and-short if put in that situation against the Vulcans.
“We had decided on Wednesday that if we were 4th-and-2 or less, we were going to go for it,” Edinboro coach Scott Browning said Monday. “That was a staff decision.”
He didn’t know at the time the NCAA’s new rule in which players must sit out a play if their helmets come off would make him go against he and his staff’s thinking.
Down 10-7 on its second offensive series of the second half, Edinboro had a 4th-and-2 situation at the Cal 29. Junior quarterback Cody Harris put the Scots in this position with a 5-yard run on third down.
Harris also lost his helmet.
So instead of bringing in a new quarterback or even calling a timeout to get Harris back in the game, Browning elected to try a 46-yard field goal that Sean Seefeldt missed.
Now Browning says Seefeldt, a freshman from Newfane, N.Y., has made field goals from that distance in practice.
“He’s been hitting them left and right, now,” Browning said. “He’s had a lot of success hitting them. That was not a stretch by no means.”
However, Harris losing his helmet impacted the decision.