Tony Rice had a decision to make, and he had to make it in a hurry. Should he pitch the ball to tailback Mark Green, or should he hold on to it himself?
USC safety Mark Carrier had made the move to stop the option play, but now the All-America safety had his own decision to make. Should he take the pitch man, Green, or should he attempt to make the tackle on Rice? Carrier hesitated and left himself in no man’s land. Rice made him pay the ultimate price.