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Middle Tennessee had some of the worst clock management you will ever see vs. Army (video)

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Middle Tennessee had one of the worst examples of clock management you will ever see.

Already trailing Army 21-0, the Blue Raiders had a first-and-goal from the two-yard line with 45 seconds to go in the first half. With two timeouts remaining, one would figure that was plenty of time to get some points on the board going into halftime.

Somehow it wasn’t.

Inexplicably, Middle Tennessee would get just two plays off without using either of its timeouts and go into the break without scoring any points. On first down, the shotgun snap got past Middle Tennessee quarterback Asher O’Hara. O’Hara scrambled to recover the loose ball, resulting in a 12-yard loss.

The Blue Raiders, without any sense of urgency, got back to the line of scrimmage without huddling, but somehow let more than 30 seconds tick off the clock before the next snap. MTSU finally got its next play off with just four seconds left in the half. O’Hara would complete a seven-yard pass to C.J. Windham, but by the time Windham was tackled, the clock expired and it was halftime.

It was one of the stranger sequences you’ll see on a football field. How did Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill not stress more urgency to snap the ball? Or, more perplexingly, not use one of his two timeouts available?

Instead of at least getting a shot at a field goal, the Blue Raiders went into halftime trailing 21-0. Not even a pandemic-affected offseason is a reasonable excuse for what transpired.

Things got worse from there, too. Army went on to win 42-0 and held MTSU to just 184 yards in the process. After the game, Stockstill took full responsibility for the gaffe.

WEST POINT, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Asher O'Hara #10 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders passes in the first half against the Army Black Knights at Michie Stadium on September 5, 2020 in West Point, New York. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
Middle Tennessee quarterback Asher O'Hara passes in the first half against Army at Michie Stadium on Sept. 5, 2020 in West Point, New York. (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

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