Posted by Adam Jacobi
With Utah holding a 3-point lead, Pittsburgh lined up for a game-tying field goal with three seconds left. Pittsburgh's money kicker, Dan Hutchins, sent the 30-yard kick through the uprights, and the game was tied.
Except it wasn't, because unbeknownst to every single player on the field, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham had called a timeout the instant before the snap, disallowing the field goal. So the teams lined up again, and Dan Hutchins kicked again. Except this time, Hutchins biffed the chip shot, hooking it left.
But that field goal didn't count either, because once again, Whittingham had iced Hutchins with a last-moment timeout. Utah's players and fans, nearly none of whom were aware that the timeout was called, celebrated until the officials restored order. At that point, Hutchins lined up for a third time, hit the field goal, and sent the game into overtime.
Three attempts at a field goal in a game situation, and only the last one counted. That's ridiculous.
The NCAA needs to stop allowing these types of situations to happen; frankly, they're wastes of everybody's time, and as evidenced by Whittingham's follies tonight, they rarely serve any demonstrable purpose. If a timeout's going to be called and enforced, players on the field need to be aware of it as it happens. The best way to accomplish this without making the rules even more needlessly complicated is to disallow timeouts from the sideline once the line is set on offense.