Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, October 21, 2015
What would Brady Hoke have done?
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Whether you asked yourself this question or not, the former Michigan coach and current SiriusXM college football analyst gave his thoughts on Michigan's botched punt in the final seconds last week.
For the record, Hoke said that he wouldn't have punted; instead, he would have handed the ball off to De'Veon Smith or called a play-action pass, both options that would take time off the clock, and, at worst, force Michigan State to attempt a Hail Mary.
"Personally, if we have the No. 1 defense in the nation I'm going to test those guys," Hoke said. "You've got to play to the strength of your football team and the strength of the Michigan football team all year long has been their defense."
By now, the college football world knows how things played out. Michigan punter Blake O'Neill mishandled the snap and Michigan State's Jalen Watts-Jackson corralled the loose ball and took it into the end zone with no time left on the clock.
"Look, I know it's easy from where we sit right now," Hoke said. "I've been on the sideline and had to make decisions. I went for two against Ohio State two years ago because Devin Gardner has a broken foot and didn't think the defense was playing as well we needed."