If you can’t overcome something that doesn’t go your way early in the first quarter, you don’t deserve to win. So if a guy drops a TD pass in the first quarter, I guess the team should pack it in and call it a game. Maybe Franklin didn’t fear Auburn’s offense, so he wasn’t too worried about it….turns out he would have been correct.
Exactly. The benefits of the risk-taking far outweigh the downside if you have supreme confidence in your defense/team. Auburn probably doesn't even get a FG if the b1g clowns called the obvious and blatant False Start on Auburn's key 3rd Down play in the drive that extended it in the series immediately preceeding the FG. It was a 30 yard swing in field position on that play.