Here’s the final play of Florida’s 16-10 win over LSU, when RB Derrius Guice was stopped short.

After the game, head coach Ed Orgeron said Guice ran the wrong way:

“The back went the wrong way,” Orgeron said of sophomore Derrius Guice’s unsuccessful attempt to go over the top and middle of the Gator defense on the game’s final play.

“It was a little short toss called. The back went the wrong way. He made a good effort, but it just wasn’t executed right.”

Guice’s awkward-looking footwork backs that up. His steps aren’t right because he knows he needs to get to the other side of the line of scrimmage. Sometimes coaches can get this immediate postmortem analysis wrong, because they haven’t watched the tape, and you’ll often hear them couch a postgame comment with that qualifier. But no, O’s hit the nail on the head there.

Here’s the “little short toss” O is referencing, but earlier in the game.

Here, it’s not blocked the same way as it was on the goal-line play, but I just wanted to illustrate what the pitch relationship looks like between QB and RB when done correctly.

It’s indeed simple. Reverse out to the right, and quick flip to the running back who’s going left.

Now watch it near the goal line.

Pay close attention to QB Danny Etling, who hesitates and stops his pitch motion short to keep Guice going on the track he’s already on.

Space is at a premium on the goal line.

Wasted steps can be killers. Plays need to be run in rhythm anywhere on the field, especially 3 feet away from pay dirt.

Things also look a little odd because Etling gets his foot stepped on during the center-quarterback exchange.

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