Posted by Tom Fornelli
Over the last few years under Charlie Weis Notre Dame fans have become pretty used to suffering some punches to the gut late in games. Still, there probably weren't many more that hurt worse than the loss to Michigan State on Saturday night in East Lansing. Of couse, as fan bases are wont to do following a heart-breaking loss, Irish fans began looking for someone to blame afterward.
As is usually the case, the blame in this game landed at the feet of the officials. A lot of people claimed that the Spartans had not gotten the snap off on their fake field goal attempt in time to beat the play clock. Brian Kelly heard all these complaints, and guess what?
He doesn't care.
Irish coach Brian Kelly didn't share the outrage over the non-call preceding a game-winning fake field goal for a touchdown.
"We're splitting hairs on what happened at the end of the game," Kelly said Sunday. "Could there have been zero on (the clock) before it was snapped? Yeah, there's that possibility. But I haven't spent much time thinking or complaining about that as much as, we gotta defend the play."
Did the play start on time? No. You can check the video evidence for yourself if you like.
A fifth of a second.
So, yes, the snap didn't get off in time, but think about how long a fifth of a second is for, well, a second. If an official is keeping his eyes on the play clock, once that thing hits zero by the time his eyes move from the clock to the action on the field that ball has not only been snapped, it's in the holder's hands.
Which leaves bitter Notre Dame fans with two options here. They can either build some kind of super officiating robot, with eyes faster than time itself, or they can do what the video suggests.
Deal with it.