The general school of thought about going for a two-point conversion after a touchdown is that you only do so when necessary (i.e. down by 2, or leading or tailing by 5) and only in the late stages of the game when time becomes a factor. Color commentary during games usually frowns on going for two, predictably so if the effort fails. As Rod Gilmore often states, “You start chasing points.” This season the Broncos seem particularly willing to try for two early in the game, as witnessed during the season opener against Oregon when Michael Choate ran one in. It appears as well that Boise is so comfortable with the quick strike ability of their offense, that when Boise is leading in the game, going for two is a part of the game plan. Failing does not seem to be as disconcerting for the coaches as it may be for other teams. Indeed, by going for the maximum amount of points on the try after the touchdown, one further puts additional strain on the opponent who know realizes that not only do they have to trade touchdowns but also two point conversions.
After scoring their first touchdown last night against Idaho, the Broncos went for two successfully on a throw from Pettis to Efaw. Their next attempt for a two-point try failed, and all subsequent point after attempts were then conventional (not that the score dictated much thought of going for more). The success of the first try and the failure of the second made it a wash, thus making me wonder is that the pattern that Peterson looks at – as long as we truly aren’t chasing the points, why not give it a try?