Amway Coach’s Call of the Week: Vote for the decision was the best of the weekend

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Published 11:52 p.m. ET Sept. 8, 2018

Coaches make dozens of decisions in every game. Most of them aren’t that noticeable. Some of them very much are.

Some can change a game. Some are just thrilling to watch.

Each week this season, USA TODAY Sports will select four calls from across the nation that we think rank among the best for the Amway Coach’s Call of the Week. 

We let you, the fans, decide which call from the four below had the most impact. 

Voting ends at 4 p.m. Monday where we will narrow the field to two for voting on Facebook.

Week 2: Amway Coach’s Call of the Week

This week’s candidates:

Lance Leipold, Buffalo

Football can be a simple game. You get the ball in the hands of your best players in crunch time. The Bulls were tied on the road at Temple and faced a third-and-10 on the edge of field-goal range. They drew up a short crossing route for Anthony Johnson with the rest of the receivers running off the Owls defenders.

Johnson, a potential high NFL draft pick next year, made the catch, and then did the rest by breaking tackles to reach the end zone and secure a 36-29 upset win for Buffalo.

Mike MacIntyre, Colorado

Sometimes you have to gamble big.

With Colorado trailing by one at the Nebraska 40 with less than two minutes left, conventional wisdom says you play for the field goal. Nobody told that to the Buffaloes.

They instead called for a deep pass, and quarterback Steven Montez and wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. connected for a game-winning touchdown in a dramatic matchup between former Big 12 rivals.

Will Muschamp, South Carolina

Scoring against the Georgia defense isn’t easy. So sometimes you have to pull out some tricks from your back pocket.

South Carolina sent wide receiver Deebo Samuel on a jet sweep to the right. When the Bulldogs defense came forward, he calmly threw to Bryan Edwards for a touchdown to cut the Gamecocks’ deficit to 14-7 in the first quarter.

Charlie Strong, South Florida

The Bulls were on the verge of a rare win against a Power Five school, but needed a touchdown to put things away for good late in the fourth quarter.

Enter Blake Barnett.

The junior quarterback perfectly executed a zone read by pulling the ball from his running back while the Georgia Tech defense over-pursued.

All that was left for Barnett was to take the ball into the end zone for an easy score that moved South Florida to 2-0 on the season.

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