Coaches rely on more than guts when calling trick plays

Joe Paterno saw the play, saw the result and had an immediate reaction to the fake field goal called by Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio.
“He has a lot more guts than I have,” the legendary Penn State coach said with a laugh Tuesday. “Obviously it turned out to be a super decision and won the ball game.”
Michigan State’s touchdown on a fake field goal in overtime to beat Notre Dame 34-31 Saturday is the kind of play that appears to be an enormous gamble.