Choose your own season (cont.)
You are: Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy
You and your fellow pass rushers declared this season a #PartyInTheBackfield, and you're the life of that party today. It's Nov. 30, and you've crashed through Notre Dame's offensive line to sack Tommy Rees three times. You and the Cardinal have wrapped up the Pac-12 North title. By day's end, you'll know whether you face Arizona State or UCLA -- you've already beaten both -- for the Pac-12 title on Saturday. Today is about the national picture, though.
If you can beat undefeated Notre Dame, it will solidify your standing at No. 2 in all the polls. Undefeated Alabama remains No. 1, but if the Cardinal can get to Pasadena, you're confident you can play toe-to-toe with the Crimson Tide. But the Fighting Irish have the same goal. They got embarrassed by Alabama in last season's BCS title game, and they want a chance to avenge that loss.
Your Cardinal lead by one point in the closing minutes. The Irish have a fourth-and-six at your 40-yard line. They're out of timeouts, so they're not punting. Rees drops back to throw. You find yourself matched up against stalwart left tackle Zack Martin. You opt for the rip instead of the swim move ...
If you get past Martin and pressure Rees into an incompletion, click here.
If Martin stuffs you and Rees completes the pass to get Notre Dame in field goal range, click here.