Of all the factors that could boost a football team to an upset victory, there’s one element that usually enters the mix: surprise, courtesy of a trick play.
They produce the type of moments that live on in sports infamy and are generally a credit to the instincts and guts of the coordinators who draw them up — Nebraska’s “fumblerooski” in the 1984 national championship game, Boise State’s 2007 “Statue-of-Liberty” play to beat OU in the Fiesta Bowl, the Sooners’ fake field goal conversion for a touchdown in Bedlam last season, and the list goes on.
So when Oklahoma State takes on No. 1 Florida State on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, will offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich have any tricks up his sleeve?
“If we had trick plays, or if we didn’t have trick plays, we’re not going to tell you anyway,” Yurcich said Thursday to a few chuckles from reporters.
It’s a fair response from the second-year man in charge of the Cowboys’ offense. If he opens up to the media about which trick plays he’s got dialed up, it defeats the purpose of catching the Seminoles’ defense off guard.
But without actually saying the Cowboys weren’t planning anything extravagant in hopes of dethroning the returning national champions, Yurcich explained why his players’ experience will dictate his play calling. OSU lost nine starters on offense last season, and their replacements are being more integrated into the standard playbook.
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