Seriously? You're up 16 - 0 and you think that is a lead? What the hell are we going to do when Stoops leaves because Jimbo seems to think he can just say "here ya go Stoops, you got the shut out? Heads up, we're gonna shut it down on offense for the rest of the night, cool? kthnxbye".
This isn't the only example of Jimbo's tendency to be this weird combination of risk aversion, respectful, boring, overly confident, and controlling. That is what I see when you are coming off a loss vs Clemson and have Wake Forest the next week (2011) and you decide to start Clint Tricket when your leader is healthy enough to play. For Jimbo, that means it is time to engage in this analysis of "is this good enough?". Jimbo LOVES to ask the question, what is good enough? ARE YOU FRIGIN CRAZY JIMBO, this is 2012, 85 Scholarships, playing on the road, everyone has resources and wants to beat FSU and you think you can just go out there and play this crappy, uninspired, unimaginative brand of football for an entire half, let alone a whole game.
Get with the frigin program you loser, you think Jim Harbaugh thinks like that? Chip Kelly? This isn't a stupid horse race and you aren't a jockey trying to save energy. This is 14 1 game seasons, and you better try to blow people out every week, you better reinvent yourself every week.
EJ, what % of the playbook would you say we used this week? 3%? That is absolute garbage! Good teams have a new playbook every week. Is that hard work, heck yeah, but it beats the hell out of losing with some watered down version of effort and playbook because you "holding stuff back"
In sum, why the hell do we hold anything back, EVER! WE ARENT THAT GOOD! We arent NFL players playing vs college kids, we are marginally better than everyone we play and we are voluntarily choosing to hamstring ourselves.
AND, this is not only the players, they came to play, they were up 16 - 0 at halftime, and Jimbo decides to waste that effort and a week's worth of focus to win in some bs, controlled way in order to "preserve the win". What BS, with our terrible schedule we needed to be blowing people out and we thought we could just win? What kind of world are you living in man? Get the next guy in here, or stop repeating your mistakes.