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August 2007

August 2007


Comebacks

Halftime Adjustments That Made the Difference
by: David Purdum
© August 2007

Games can be-and often are-won at halftime. Last year in Division I-A, there were 129 comeback victories by teams that trailed at halftime.

Houston’s Art Briles authored five second-half comeback victories in 2006, most in Division I-A. Having a high-powered, quick-strike offense helps, says Briles, but making sure the team believes it can get back into the game is equally as important.

San Jose State’s Dick Tomey led the Spartans to four second-half comebacks en route to taking the program to its first bowl game since 1990. “There are three types of halftime adjustments you can make,” Tomey explained, “the technical adjustment, the emotional adjustment or the heart transplant. And if you have to make that one, it’s usually too late.”

A well-respected motivator, Tomey spends the first minute and a half of the....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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