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Who Blew It Worse?

Blown calls have been regular occurrences in college football this season. Here's a rating based on one to five (worst) flags

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]



Miami vs. Duke, Oct. 31

After Miami beat Duke 30--27 on an eight-lateral return as time expired, the ACC admitted that officials missed two calls: a Miami player's knee touching the ground that would have given the Blue Devils the win, and a block in the back that would have placed the ball at Miami's eight-yard line. The ACC suspended the refs (above) for two games.

Michigan State vs. Nebraska, Nov. 7

With 17 seconds left in the game, Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong threw a TD pass to receiver Brandon Reilly, who had stepped out-of-bounds before making the catch, to put the Huskers up 39--38. The refs ruled that Reilly was pushed out, which didn't appear to be the case in replays. The Big Ten said the force out was nonreviewable.

Arizona State vs. Washington State, Nov. 7

In the second quarter the Cougars appeared to come up short on a fourth-down try, but the refs ruled there had been an inadvertent whistle and replayed the down. On the second attempt, quarterback Luke Falk threw an 11-yard touchdown to receiver Dom Williams. WSU won 38--24, but the Pac-12 ruled the refs made an error.

Oklahoma State vs. Texas, Sept. 26

In a 30--27 loss to Oklahoma State, Texas defensive tackle Poona Ford got called for holding—except he was clearly held by Cowboys offensive lineman Victor Salako. Coach Charlie Strong protested with some light yelling and drew an unsportsmanlike conduct. The yardage tacked on by the two calls put OSU in position for a game-tying field goal.