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VIDEO: Toledo jobbed in OT loss by blown PAT call

Posted on: September 24, 2011 5:58 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2011 8:16 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

UPDATE: The Big East issued this statement from the conference office Saturday evening.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Sept. 24, 2011) -- BIG EAST Conference coordinator of football officiating Terry McAulay has issued the following statement, with regard to a play in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s football game between Syracuse and Toledo.

"After studying the videos of the Syracuse extra point attempt at 2:07 of the fourth quarter, we have concluded that the ruling on the field that the kick passed between the uprights was incorrect, and that the replay official made an error in failing to reverse that ruling.  In reviewing the video, we have determined that the angle from behind the kicking team shows conclusively that the ball passes outside the right upright.

Our review of the process determined that the replay official mistakenly focused his attention on the sideline angle, which proved to be distorted. We are confident that our officiating staff will learn from this situation in order to prevent a reoccurrence. "


One thing the 2011 season had been blessedly free of through its first three weeks was a major officiating controversy. So it's a shame that all good things do come to an end.

The scene: in a back-and-forth game against Toledo, Syracuse scores a touchdown with 2:07 remaining to go ahead 29-27 on the visiting Rockets. Ross Krautman lines up for the extra point. The kick is signaled good, but the call goes to the booth. And then this happens:


We'll offer a modicum of forgiveness for the official on the field, who at least has the excuse of the ball whizzing over his head at an high rate of speed. But this blogger doesn't believe he's ever seen a more glaring example of indisputable evidence than the ball remaining in view during the entire replay, which means that according to nothing less than the laws pf physics which govern the universe as we know it, there is no possible way the ball passed inside the left upright.

It would have been nice for the Rockets if this stunning display of incompetence hadn't affected the outcome. But of course the Rockets drove for a field goal on the final play of regulation--a field goal that should have given them a deserved 30-29 victory. Instead it only took them to overtime, where Austin Dantin threw an interception on the Rockets' first play of OT, dooming them to the 33-30 loss.

We want to give the officials the benefit of the doubt, we really do. But sometimes there's just nothing to say other than: this was a terrible, terrible mistake, and this result is terribly, terribly unfair to Toledo. A suspension or reprimand is no doubt coming for the replay official -- you did watch the video, right? -- but we doubt that's going to make the Rockets feel any better.

HT: SportsGrid.

Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:05 pm

VIDEO: Toledo jobbed in OT loss by blown PAT call

Someone pointed this out earlier ... there was a two and a half point betting line on the game. Anybody get the irony here? Toledo was recently (2009) involved in the biggest point shaving scandal since CCNY in the 50s. I think an FBI investigation maybe more appropriate than an NCAA investigation. Big East is not immune to such scandal. Wasn't Boston College part of the Big East in 1979 when they had a basketball point shaving scandal? If you profile gambling's influence on college sports, the underworld doesn't usually target the big schools. There is too much attention and spotlight for it to remain undiscovered. So they go for the mid-majors and less successful programs (i.e. Syracuse). Someone made a mistake here and it wasn't the missed PAT call. The mistake was this was too obvious. If the officials want to protect a point spread, it's simply a matter of making a few extra holding calls or pass interference calls to affect the outcome. Much more subtle. If the Big East is smart and wants this issue to go away, vacate the win. The supposed integrity of college sports could end up being hurt by this.

Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2011 9:08 am

VIDEO: Toledo jobbed in OT loss by blown PAT call

EXACTLY RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2011 4:00 pm

VIDEO: Toledo jobbed in OT loss by blown PAT call

@thelaststop - very very well said. you verbalized a pet peeve of mine very well. thanks

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 3:41 pm

VIDEO: Toledo jobbed in OT loss by blown PAT call


Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 11:36 am

VIDEO: Toledo jobbed in OT loss by blown PAT call

How something so obvious can be missed is beyond me.  To begin with, there is absolutely no reason the officials on the field should have missed the call in the first place.  But to confirm it after review is even more disturbing.  Honestly, this crew should not be permitted to officiate anymore games.  It's not like it was a questionable call that could understandably be missed.  It was plain as day.  This makes it look like the officials were cheating.  Maybe they were.  What other explanation could there be, unless they are just completely incompetent. If that is the case, then as I stated, their officiated days should be brought to an immediate end. 

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2011 11:14 am

VIDEO: Toledo jobbed in OT loss by blown PAT call

And that team ended up being LSU or ALABAMA or ARKANSAS?  Just curious what outcome the LSU BAMA game had on the the championship game

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:21 am

VIDEO: Toledo jobbed in OT loss by blown PAT call

Most of the time hey get ot right, but to not look at all angles reflects a bias on the part of the replay official. To say there isn't bias in replay officials one need only refer to the LSU-ALA game of 2010. The bias also extended to the calls and no calls on the field. The SEC robbed LSU and Arkansas that year to ensure they had a team in the championship game.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 2:08 am

VIDEO: Toledo jobbed in OT loss by blown PAT call

Why even bother with instant replay?  It's amazing how often they get it wrong.  Unfortunately, replay officials are more concerned with protecting their colleagues than they are about getting the call right.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 1:28 am

Typical dishonest officiating

This is an easy call.  It's obvious that Toledo wasn't supposed to win this game.  The easiest way to make it happen was to just screw them on a call and apologize later.  That is exactly what happened.  I'm surprised the Big Least refs are still being dishonest in non-conference games for a team that is about to leave.

Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: September 24, 2011 6:26 pm

VIDEO: Toledo jobbed in OT loss by blown PAT call

Perhaps one of many crucial calls that went against Toledo.  I've seen Big East officials steal games before.  Temple beat UConn in 2008, but the Big East reversed it.  They are so pathetic in so many ways.

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