Enterprise staff writer
While the UC Davis offense hasnÕt been as effective as it would like it to be in 2010, one thing the Aggies canÕt complain about is how they have performed in their two-minute offense.
UCD has driven at least 60 yards on its final drive of the first half in each of its last five games, coming away with two touchdowns and two field goals. Against San Jose State on Oct. 2, the Aggies were stopped on fourth down at
the one-yard line as a video review took away a touchdown. Additionally, all five marches have ended with less than 30 seconds remaining on the clock.
In the 24-21 loss to South Alabama on Saturday, UCD took over at its own 16-yard line with 1 minute, 53 seconds left before the intermission. Aggie quarterback Randy Wright completed all eight of his passes on the drive for 76 yards and added an eight-yard run on the penultimate play. He capped the drive by throwing a fade to Sean Creadick from seven yards out.
ÒWe get into situations where itÕs two-minute and we do execute pretty well,Ó said UCD running back Nick Aprile. ÒWe donÕt run many complex plays but theyÕre our bread-and-butter plays and they always seem to work.Ó
Teams tend to play a prevent defense with time running out to avoid giving up the big play. Time is the enemy of the offense and the more plays a team has to run, the more time elapses. But that type of defense leaves the underneath routes open.
And as the Aggies proved two weeks ago against South Dakota Ñ which left those throws open all game long Ñ that philosophy plays right into their strengths.
ÒI feel like the defenses give us a lot of respect and give us the underneath routes and they want to make us chip our way down the field,Ó Creadick said. ÒThatÕs something that I feel weÕre
really good at doing. Two-minute (offense) plays into that and defenses play what we want them to play and then we take advantage of it.Ó
Creadick was particularly deadly in the two-minute against South Alabama.
Five of the 12 catches the senior made in the game came on the drive Ñ gaining 43 yards Ñ and he ran a perfect route on the touchdown. When the Aggies got the ball back with 1:51 to play in the game and faced a 2nd-and-17, Wright looked CreadickÕs way again and he responded with a one-handed grab for 22 yards that moved UCD into field goal range.
ÒWe were able to get some people open and ran a couple plays with Sean and he was able to do something after the catch,Ó Biggs said. ÒWe showed a lot of character and determination in battling back and getting it to 14-all with the two-minute drive (at the end of the first half), which I thought was very well executed.Ó
The offense generally speeds up during the two-minute drill which forces the defenses to scale
things back and run more basic coverages, while rarely blitzing. Substitutions are also at a
premium because the defense doesnÕt want to risk taking a five-yard penalty or a timeout to prevent a flag, both of which would stop the clock.
ÒBasically, the defense just gets tired and a little rattled,Ó Wright said. ÒWe spread them out and they have to run a base defense out of it so it just works out for us. We donÕt do anything different, we just speed it up and try to keep them off guard.Ó
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