Florida coach Jim McElwain seemed surprised to hear that he is a combined 16-4 in one-possession games at Florida and Colorado State.
“Wow,” he said. “That’s pretty good. You’re right. I haven’t monitored it and yet, I don’t know if this has anything to do with it, but whether it’s spring ball or fall camp or even during the season one day a week in practice, you practice those scenarios.”
McElwain said he picked up the practice from his former college coach.
“This goes all the way back to my head coach that I played for and coached with, Dick Zornes at Eastern Washington,” he said. “You actually practice those scenarios so you can tell your guys, ‘We’ve done it. We’ve practiced it.’
“I don’t know if that makes sense, but maybe that has something to do with it. I know that we put our teams through as many different ways to end a game in one shot. You have one shot. That’s it. Both offense and defense and special teams. I don’t know. Maybe that has something to do with it. Don’t credit me. Credit Coach Zornes.”