Brian Kelly discusses why he went for two against Texas A&M

With about six and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter Saturday night, John Emery Jr. scored on a three-yard touchdown run to cut the Aggies’ lead to 38-23. With a PAT, the Tigers could have cut the lead to 14 points, a two-score game.

Brian Kelly decided to try something different, though. Instead of kicking, he chose to go for two to try to cut the lead to 13. Needless to say, it didn’t work, and 38-23 ended up being the final score.

So what made Kelly decide to go for two instead of kicking the field goal? Was it because LSU was trying to gain more momentum? Turns out, the answer simply boils down to math.

“The analytics say go for two, so if you don’t get it there you have another chance to go for two and have the opportunity to tie the game up.”

Analytics made him do it. Hopefully, it will work better next time.


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