UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas -- SMU coach June Jones faced a decision on fourth-and-6 from the Army 30-yard line with 4:10 left in Thursday's Armed Forces Bowl.
SMU was down 16-14 with, at that point, two timeouts. A strong wind was blowing against field goal kicker Matt Szymanski, who missed a 35-yard field goal kicking in that same direction in the first quarter. Jones sent out the field goal unit to attempt a 47-yarder and then took a timeout.
He said he didn't really think about going for it during the timeout and instead talked to Szymanski. Jones said Szymanski felt his range was 65 yards with the wind and 50 against it.
"In my eyes, we were only going to get one chance," Jones said. "If we didn't complete the ball for six yards than the game is over. I have a lot of confidence in Matt. I wanted him to make it and that would have been something that was unreal after a frustrating year. He had enough leg, he just didn't hit it very good. He didn't hit it good and it still had enough leg. If he had hit it good, it would have gone into the net."
Jones said he told Szymanski to relax and not rush the kick.
"It looked like he rushed it," Jones said. "That's easy to do when you're a young kid."