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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: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:23 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

What happened? Did they pull the towel boy off of jock strap detail for the field goal try?? I guess the normal kicker didn't make the trip to Reno...

Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:23 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

Watch ESPN'S highlights. Through technology,they show the goal post upright extended and the attempt was wide. Kick no good!!! Go DUCKS !

Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:21 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

Uhm... I'm not a Nevada or a Boise State fan, but that's not controversial. That's 3 points put up by a guy working the scoreboard that snapped his fingers too early when a Field Goal went wide.

Since: Aug 21, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:09 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

Blah, blah, blah. There's no shutting up you Boise fans. Go TCU!!!

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2010 7:48 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

every player on the field new the kick was no good look at their reactions.All the Nevada players are jumping around and happy while all the boise players look like their dog just died. the kick was no good plain and simple.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2010 7:25 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

Absolutely correct. I used to kick and I know whether I make it or not 99% of time without having to watch the kick.  You know when you push or pull the kick by the feel of it coming off your foot.  The kicker knew he missed it.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2010 7:22 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah hey hey hey goodbye Good ridance BS, the pansies didn't belong in a BCS bowl anyway with their pathetic schedule they play.  Even Duke would probably have 7 or 8 wins with the schedule they had this year.  Every 1 loss big 6 team should have been ahead of them before, now every 2 loss should be due to the comparable schedules.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2010 7:22 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

I had no stake in this game whatsoever.  Nor did I care who won.  But, that kick was good. Adam Jacobi puts down the "speculators." Yet, that is exactly what Jacobi is doing in this article.  The kick was good!

Since: Oct 11, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2010 7:19 am

On Boise State's controversial missed field goal

I will agree with you I'm not to sure if the Field Goal at the end of regulation was good or not. But at the same time that was the longest 1 second I've ever seen in my life. Forgive me but any other game after a Hail Mary like that the game would of been over. Not taking anything away from Boise that was an exciting play. I also agree they should have all Field Goal Post the same size. I know I wouldn't be able to kick a Field Goal through the uprights at the one yard line and especially with the pressure the kicker is feeling. After Kyle Brotzman missed wide right I feel he over compensated leading wide left. At the same time being a Field Goal Kicker and depending how the ball holder places the ball for the Kicker he should be able to kick it right down the Middle of the Up rights. No disrespect. It was a great game between to great rivalries. I'm Happy Nevada won being I'm from Reno. Boise will bounce back they have a great coaching staff and loyal fans. Best of luck next year. Go Nevada

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2010 7:07 am
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