Steve Addazio must have been hoping that taking the Colorado State job in 2020 would help him revitalize his coaching career. But anyone who was paying attention to the finish of Friday night’s game between the Rams and the Utah State Aggies must be left scratching their heads what kind of coaching job he’s doing over there.

With time running out and the Rams down 26-24, the offense powered its way down the field in order to get within field goal range so the 3-3 team could improve its bowl chances. Thanks to a great pass by Todd Centeio to Ty McCullouch, they got the ball all the way down to the 24-yard line for a first down with 11 seconds left. That’s plenty of time for the Rams to get to the line of scrimmage, spike the ball, and then run one more play to either get further down the field or take a shot at a touchdown. That’s the logical move.

But the Rams did not do the logical thing. Instead, they hustled the field-goal unit onto the field…with 11 seconds left…and rushed a field goal attempt that sailed left, ending the game with an inexplicable loss.

“He doesn’t need to run off the field, he can spike it. They picked up the first down,” you can hear the announcer say in disbelief. “Colorado State a little bit baffled here. They’re running the field goal unit on. They don’t need to do this.”

Everyone seemed confused afterward, including Addazio, the Rams, and the announcers.

Understandably, the college football folks on social media were deeply unkind to Addazio’s baffling coaching decision here.

Good luck explaining what happened there, Steve. Somewhere, Boston College fans are shaking their heads and thinking, “See?”

UPDATE: The worst part? It sounds like the field goal unit just kinda went out there before Addazio told them not to.

[Tim Burke]

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Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle.