Perched in the booth Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium, Ricky Rahne saw Washington’s defense and knew in that moment he was setting up Trace McSorley and Miles Sanders for failure.
“I learned mid-play,” Rahne said Saturday night. “I knew it wasn’t going to go well.”
The play resulted in a team fumble as McSorley’s pitch to Sanders ultimately led to seven points for Washington and resulted in an agitated Rahne who was mad at himself even in a celebratory Penn State locker room because the Nittany Lions’ newly appointed offensive coordinator said he couldn’t verbalize it quickly enough to get McSorley into another play. It was a hiccup of sorts within the win that can be chalked up to a learning experience for a coordinator whose debut minus two play calls he’d like to have back couldn’t have gone much better.
Still, within that moment it was clear Rahne's competitive nature wasn't going to let two plays -- both of which resulted in turnovers -- get washed away in a win.
"That’s on me," Rahne said. "I cant put those kids in that position. They work too hard for me to put them in a position like that so I just gotta do better on that next time."