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On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

Posted on: November 27, 2010 3:12 am

Posted by Adam Jacobi

So, Boise State lost at Nevada tonight, after leading 24-7 in the third quarter and 31-24 with under 5:00 to play. Did you watch? Please tell us you watched. While Nevada's comeback against the vaunted Boise defense was certainly startling, and the Kellen Moore bomb to Titus Young with 0:01 left to set up a game-winning field goal was one of the greatest plays of the year, all anybody will be talking about tomorrow will be the 26-yard field goal that Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman missed(?) in regulation that sent the game into overtime.

Here's the video of the kick, which from the end zone angle looked so good that ESPN momentarily gave the points to Boise State on the bottom ticker:

Now, immediately after the kick, many viewers thought the kick was good, and wondered why there weren't any referees under the goalposts -- it's hard to see any signals coming from the usual spot, right? Blame the camera angle and fans, though; as the picture to the right shows, the referees were there, just completely obscured from the televised angle until well after the kick (which, annoying as it may be to viewers, doesn't prove that the referees weren't in correct position at all).

As to whether the kick was good or not, that's plainly impossible to tell from the end zone angle there -- the ball "crosses" (relative to the camera's angle) the upright when its path is above it, so anybody who declares an answer one way or the other based on that footage is just a self-sure speculator, and lord knows the world doesn't need more of those. For what it's worth, I thought it was good when I first saw the kick. I also know there's a reason referees don't use that camera angle.

More to the point, though, it's a wonder in this day and age that it takes the judgment of two referees to determine whether a field goal travels through the uprights or not. I've been (pardon the term) kicking this idea around for a while now, but what's to stop college and pro football from developing a more foolproof solution to this? After all, Arena Football doesn't need two referees under its uprights, because the equipment itself is sufficient: outside the two uprights are two tight nets designed to bounce the ball back into play, while inside the uprights is a looser net designed to catch a successful kick. There is never, ever any controversy as to whether a kick is good or not with this setup.

Obviously, Arena Football's outside nets are completely useless in college football, but designing a new goalpost with its loose netting attached to the uprights all the way down to the crossbar seems like an obvious choice -- as would be raising the posts to a regulation standard of 37 feet, to minimize judgment calls like what Boise State and Nevada just went through. Considering the vast sums spent on college football programs this season (and, ahem, the ludicrous amount the NCAA and its conferences receive from television contracts), it seems unfathomable that all I-A teams could not easily afford a new set of goalposts designed to take judgment out of the "is the kick good" equation once and for all.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2010 11:02 am
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Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2010 10:52 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

Missed once shiiit happens. Missed twice better go into the witness protection program on campus.. But really it should never of happened,its always kind of funny...College or pro we always remember the last plays of the game that "cost" our team the win. But really o went cold and the d folded in the 4th,so you cant put the loss just on the kickers!   They just happen to be the poor saps hung out to day at the end. The reverse is true also , if rest of team folds and the kicker makes it hes an instant hero. You dont get on the feild much but when you get on the field your either a hero or a goat in a situation the rest  of the team for good or bad created. To be a good kicker you need a big foot,strong leg and an extremly short memory.  To bad they sceheduled the game for the twillight zone hour,would have been good to watch. Sounds like thet did same as Bama did except prolonged the lost till ot.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2010 10:45 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

Wowwwwwww, chiledipper, did you read anything other than the title of the article? He never insinuated that the refs fixed the match. He said HE thought it was good when he first saw it and when the other angles were reviewed it was impossible to determine if it were good or not. All he is saying is that it's simple to avoid controversies like this with technology, something many people have been saying for years. So to answer your question, no, he is not implying something is fishy or the referees are on the take. Idiot.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2010 10:36 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

Ok Jacobi... so in your veiw the referees got it wrong or were ummmm... cheating Boise State? You're kidding right? I mean you're really not implying something is fishy or that the referees are on the take are you? Look at the Boise State players reaction... one of them even jumps up and down out of anger!  But they are all standing there stunded and I don't know how anyone gets around that piece of visual evidence.    

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2010 9:51 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

I completely agree. It was just a bad television angle. Everyone on the field knew the kick was no good including the kicker so stop trying to make controversy over something that wasn't.

Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2010 9:46 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

I would compare those chip shot field goals to trying to sink your 3 footer on 18 to win $20 from your buddy. You know it's easy, but add that pressure, and you get the yanks, or the shanks in the case of the BSU PK.  But I agree 100% with you.  The kickers have been god awful as of late.  Take Michigan for example, I've never seen anything like it.  I made a 40 yarder at halftime of the Lions game after drinking 12+ beers in the parking lot prior to the game, so these college kids need to get their S**t together. 

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:58 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

Why are kickers so bad is the better controversy... i mean i understand missing from 35-45 yds every once in a while considering every aspect of a kick but anything under 35 should be a gimme unless a botched snap or hold... Its like putting a qb in shotgun from 27 yds and all he gotta do is throw it through the uprights... i dont understand y some kickers are so bad when all they do is kick kick kick

Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:42 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

If you think that kick was anywhere near good, you need glasses!
I know it was no good, the kicker knew it was no good, the officials knew it was no good.
Wishful thinking and a controversy that is not one!
Give Nevada credit... they just came back and gave your team a good whoopin'. It Happens!
To Nevada, THANKS for exposing Boise State for what they really were! A dwarf among midgets!

Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:39 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

Quit reaching. I had Nevada Picked to cover the spread and even win the game. Boise was waiting to fall and Nevada took every opportunity as Boise State's ego kept growing. No more controversy, no more complaining about getting left out, no more undefeated Boise saying they deserve it blah blah blah...
GO Wolf Pack. Hell of a game to stay up until almost 2am to watch

Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:25 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

What controversy? I can tell it's no good from the angle presented.
I told you all along that Boise State and its "play nobody" schedule didn't belong.
Would have lost 4 games in the SEC west and finished behind Arkansas.
A narrow win over Virginia Tech, and a close win over a mediocre Oregon State, wowed people so much, it clouded their perception.
Anyway, Broncos, have a nice day! See you in the Fight Hunger Bowl!

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