Originally posted by thl408:
While Thurmond does slip covering Crabs, Kap's first read was QP. Kap could have stepped up into the pocket as opposed to scrambling left. He did eventually go back to Crabs, but Avril came just in time to strip the ball. QP runs a bit of a lazy route. Boone got turned. ET was not going to let Kap run and was actually playing as the spy as he beelines it to Kap once Kap starts his scramble.
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Damn. You can see the safety #29 squatting in front of the 40yd line looking into the backfield. He made no attempt to move until Kaep started to scramble. Had Kaep trust VD enough to throw it to the outside where VD will eventually be to the sideline, that would have been a huge gain.
You can see Kaep saw it too as he was trying to avoid the rush. I don't think Kaep recognized the open area about to unfold, because he looked further to the outside for another receiver before going back to VD and attempted to throw the ball. By that time it's too late. The defender already knocking the ball out of his hand. A veteran qb would have thrown VD open into the open area behind that squatting safety, outside the numbers. Kaep keeps his head straight for a little longer, there's no way that safety could have caught up with the ball even if he had turned to the outside. When VD got even with the safety, that safety is beaten.
It's good that Kaep actually recognized it but a bit late. Maybe next year