Wednesday, November 25, 2009

San Jose Mercury: Stanford's Jim Harbaugh regrets a couple of play calls vs. Cal

Suddenly, Stanford is out of the Top 25 and needing to beat Notre Dame to put the proper finish on its best football season in eight years.  Those are the effects of losing the Big Game, and Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh still was kicking himself Tuesday, three days later, for two play calls he made in the 34-28 loss to Cal.  The first came on a fourth-and-eight at the Stanford 23 with fewer than four minutes left. Harbaugh's second-guess was not to punt — many think he should have — but to give quarterback Andrew Luck a better play.  "I don't think we gave Andrew a great play for that situation," Harbaugh said Tuesday, referring to the pass that failed. And, with 90 seconds remaining, and Stanford at the Cal 13, Luck threw two passes to the end zone, the second resulting in an interception. Harbaugh wishes he had called another option on first down.  "That is what I am kicking myself about," he said. So Stanford is 7-4 and needing to rebound Saturday in the regular-season finale.

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