In football, momentum can change in the blink of an eye. We saw a perfect example of that during the third quarter of the Oregon vs. Nebraska game. After the Ducks had converted on a long third down, a holding penalty against Doug Brenner wiped out the play, making it 3rd and 26.
On the next play, Dakota Prukop hit Charles Nelson for a gain of 25 yards.
Oregon picks up 25 on 3rd and 26. Sets up 4th and 1... #GoDucks #OREvsNEB @RedditCFB https://t.co/echPnzoQhr— Tyler Birschbach (@tylerbirsch) September 17, 2016
Mark Helfrich was aggressive with his play calling, deciding to go for it on 4th and 1. Prukop handed it off to Kani Benoit, who took off running for the end zone to bring the Ducks right back into the game after they had surrendered a 20-7 lead.
...and on 4th and 1 #GoDucks take it for a TD (missed 2PT). #Huskers lead 28-26 #OREvsNEB @RedditCFB pic.twitter.com/LMsKGqJBFg— Tyler Birschbach (@tylerbirsch) September 17, 2016
While the Ducks would fail on their fourth two-point conversion, it was just the type of momentum swing they needed to get back into the game. Of course, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the game would be tied if they didn't go for two every time they scored.