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Big East: Officials correct on game's final play

Sep 19, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

The Big East released an official statement supporting the no-call on the game’s final play.

 Big East football coordinator Terry McAulay had this to say:

“After review, the Conference believes that the game officials correctly
applied the proper mechanics and guidelines that are in place to
determine, in a consistent manner, when a flag should be thrown for
delay of game,” the statement read.

While the conference all but conceded that the play-clock had struck :00, the mechanics of calling a delay penalty allow a small amount of time to pass before the back judge throws a flag.

“The responsibility is assigned to the Back Judge, who in this situation
was standing beneath the upright. Proper mechanics dictate that his
focus be directed to the play clock as it approaches zero. When the play
clock display reads zero, he must re-direct his attention to the ball.
At that time, if the snap has not started, a flag will be thrown for
delay of game. If the snap has begun, no flag will be thrown.

“Under these procedures, there will always be a small amount of lag
time between the time the clock reads zero and the time the Back Judge
is able to see the football.

“On the play in question, this lag time created the situation where
it appears the play clock expired just before the snap. We believe the
snap occurred well within the normal lag time for the Back Judge to make
this determination.

This play is not reviewable under current NCAA rules.”

Head coach Brian Kelly had this to say when asked if his players felt robbed.

“I just think they’re excuses. We had a chance to defend the play, we
didn’t defend the play,” Kelly said. “Regardless of what may or may not be the case.
This is still about what happens on the field. We had our opportunity to
defend the play.”

  1. IRISH '69 - Sep 19, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Liked Kelly’s response- what’s done is done
    Didn’t like going for it on 4th down from own territory in 4th quarter

  2. ND Geek - Sep 19, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Notre Dame lost this one by not putting points on the board when they had opportunities, but between the clock running out on the kick, the final touchdown of regulation to an ineligible receiver, and the block in the back that wasn’t (the three that stand out in my mind) it definitely stings when the bad calls have a possible 13 point swing (or more if ND does something with the drive after the block-in-the-back call with better field position than they ended up with).

  3. #1irishfan - Sep 19, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    So if I read the article correctly (the other color) The implication is that 0 is not 0! That when the clock hits 0 it is actually another second and the tenths run to -0 then the play clock actually runs out??? Say what….what?? I guess whatever makes ya feel better brotha! Let’s just say that when we get hit with 2 delay of game penalties and you delay the game by only .5 seconds then that is different? Right? You are the enemy bud! You spin it just like fox news and now you can feel good through a fraudulently called WIN!!?? GO IRISH!!!

  4. Sick of the Same - Sep 19, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    How could the primary responsibility of the coaching staff to not get fooled by a potential fake field goal in that spot? Its a 40+ yarder for the Spartans so its far from a gimme. Get a rush by some down lineman and play ultra field goal defend safe. Anybody with speed and a pulse should have been playing deep just in case. You don’t expect it there? Why not? You’re Division 1 coaches at the most historic program in the history of the NCAA. You need to be ready for all eventualities. Poor job of coaching on the final play. Disheartening for this fan who wants to believe the bologna of years past is over, but???? The proof is in the pudding…..

  5. SubAlum97 - Sep 19, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    Lot’s of comments regarding the final play. I’d like to know how the NCAA defines a receiver being forced out of bounds. Even ESPN’s Mark May, notorious for his dislike of the Fightin’ Irish, that the officials blew the call on the game tying TD late in the game.

  6. NDinLV - Sep 19, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Keith, don’t know if you saw this posting (I saw it on Yahoo sports), but apparently Coach Dantonio had a heart attack and surgery last night after the game. Hopefully he makes a full recovery. Things like this really show how insignificant the outcome of a game is compared to life.

  7. ND Geek - Sep 19, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    Sick of the Same:
    The coaches had everyone covered, the problem was that the player covering the eventually open receiver got blown over. Dr. Lou pointed out as much in Gameday Final. Every ND player was covering his man, but when one of your guys falls, you can’t pin that on the coaching staff.

  8. TLNDMA - Sep 20, 2010 at 5:41 AM

    So that puts the backjudge aprox. 50 yds from the line of scrimmage. He also would have to look at the playclock at the other endzone, at least 150 yds away. Finally, from his spot under the goalposts, how could he see the ball through the mass of humanity at the line of scrimmage.

  9. brendan_g - Sep 20, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    man, i really wished the Big East wouldn’t have even offered an explanation. now i’m angry.

  10. You guys need some.... - Sep 20, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    Waaah Berries and french cries. The Big East explained the ruling and proved it was a good call and you’re still crying. Cunningham was pushed out of bounds no question. The MSU defender did a good job of selling a soft block in the back. I guess Notre Shame played a flawless game devoid of penalties and errors while Michigan State was slapping babies and pushing old ladies down in crosswalks. Get a clue and except the loss like ND fans, not scUM fans.

  11. #1irishfan - Sep 20, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    I have (accepted the loss)!!!!! Do I have a choice? Please GET OFF OUR BLOG if you don’t want to hear us sound off about some questionably close calls! Most of you that pop in and want to act like this type of thing doesn’t happen on your own blog are clearly delusional!! If this was the other way around everyone I’m talking EVERYONE (ESPN) would jump all over it and say it’s favoritism shown to us as usual (never happens)!! GO IRISH!!! KEEP IT UP, I THINK I CAN SAY THIS FROM THE LOT OF US “WE ARE PROUD”!!!

  12. orrsra - Sep 20, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Shades of J. Faust. We have been outplayed and out coached the last two games. I have not given up however, there is still time for this coach & team to right the wrongs of the last two games. Crist is really puzzling to me. Every time he makes a stupid play and the camera is on Coach & him he seems to be in a daze. No expression on his face, just a blank stare. Fire up Crist. I really wonder if he needs to sit. This offense needs a running QB that is not in a daze. No more excuses, I have seen many 1st year or first time starters beat ND, now it is our turn. Floyd looked a little I don’t give a s_ _ _ t at first but improved. Our defensive backs stink. #5 is lookin good as well as or Off/Def lines, but we still can not stop the run and are about sackless. We need a big three TD win over “S” this weekend. We need that killer instinct. Kelly you are not in Kansas anymore, wake up and smell the toilet bowl and maybe then we will turn it around and get in a big time bowl this season. I still am waiting/hoping and praying GO IRISH.

  13. #1irishfan - Sep 20, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    OK OK time to move on……. WE have a very good Stanford team to beat come Saturday. They won over Wake Forest to a tune of 68 – 24, I’m thinking that we better stop the pouting over State and get prepared for what looks like a very high powered offense! We have the will now it’s definitely time to find the WAY!!! GO IRISH!!! I’m having visions of a ????

  14. brendan_g - Sep 20, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Just checked Sheridan’s odds and Stanford’s only giving us 3.5 points. I really think ND’s going to play tough again this week. I think this game will be nearly identical to the MSU game except we’ll be at home this time. Hopefully the geriatrics in the stands will actually stand up and cheer (loudly).

  15. paul - Sep 20, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    nd got screwed period… we got hit with 2 delay of game and the flag was thrown right when the game clock said 00… let me guess if msu didnt make the fake for a td the ref would have called delay of game then huh?? just goes to show college football is a business and the refs can be paid off… the block in the back was bs oh yea dont forget about the msu reciever who ranout of bounds and came back in for the td… the refs should be fired

  16. Billy - Sep 20, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    I think the palyers properly defending the Fake, were PUSHED over which is Offensive Pass Interference. If that’s a legal play than I want to see Manti Teo line up as a linebacker and as Armando goes out of a pass have Manti knock the man over! I agree with the no call on the “00”. But the missed OPI and the guy out of bounds are in-excusable!

  17. Mike - Sep 22, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    If the officials made the correct call after the clock read “00”, then it can be surmised that if the official had thrown the flag exactly when the clock ran out, it would have been an incorrect call; that is, the officials would have been wrong to enforce the rule as it is written.

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