Sunday, October 6, 2013

Michigan State fools Iowa with "Hey Diddle Diddle" fake punt.

Mich. St. punter Mike Sadler running like a boss. Image via Cedar Rapids Gazette.

What do Michigan State and  alleged comedian Andrew Dice Clay have in common? The apparently both like nursery rhymes maybe a bit too much.

The Spartans' defeated Iowa in Iowa City on Saturday 26-14. A big part of that win was a fake punt by punter Mike Sadler at the beginning of the fourth quarter, when Mich. St. led Iowa by 20-14. Sadler ran the ball in stead of kicking it for 25 yard gain, and an eventual field goal that crushed the Hawkeyes' hopes for a comeback.

The name of the play? "Hey Diddle Diddle."

 “We just sort of felt, if the moment was right, we’d do it,” Dantonio said. “I just wanted to make sure our players know, they’re at risk on the football field. … Sometimes the coach has to take the risk, too. So I wanted to step out there and do that. ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ worked.”

Credit for the name of the play comes from Spartan special teams coach Mike Tressel, who created the play. The inspiration come from the rhyme “Hey Diddle, Diddle, Sadler up the middle,' according to Dantonio.

(via The Detroit Free Press)

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