With our hobbled QB throwing scattered passes, no way we win a battle of OT attrition, especially when it comes down to defending a single 3-yard play over and over. The TE play would have worked as well then as it did when it was used. It was our only real chance to win the game at that point.
If it doesnt - who cares? Harsin gets credit for being ballsy, and our bowl projection is hurt not a whit.
We really had nothing to lose there - to do what we did was to surrender to the inevitable. #40s catch was a miracle; should have capitalized on it right