Today, in officiating

There are times when I think the biggest value to running RPOs is that they take as much advantage of referees not being able to follow everything on a play as they do of forcing defenses into making premature decisions.

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  1. Got Cowdog

    The calls seemed arbitrary, and the officiating crew seemed indecisive and a bit overwhelmed.

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  2. saildawg

    I was yelling like crazy in the stands as I could see it from section 306. Total incompetence by the refs on that one. I think illegal man down field should be challengeable, to correct egregious errors like this one. Also the line of scrimmage should be the barrier, not 3 yards past. This just allows to many judgement calls

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    • ugafidelis

      How about the “Illegal touching” that they changed to ineligible receiver downfield? Wtf was that?

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      • The 984

        Ineligible receiver looked to be the correct call due to two receivers lining up on the line rather than one behind it. Calling it illegal touching (which requires a player to go out of bounds then come back in…) was just incompetent.

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  3. Russ

    Yeah, saw this realtime. Too bad there wasn’t an official standing right there to make the call. Nessler mentioned it a few plays later when they finally did call one.

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    • If there had been a referee in the neighborhood with 20/20 eyesight or working knowledge of rules of the college game or maybe even a thought “damn that o lineman almost hit me”….RPO is on notice

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  4. gastr1

    I thought I saw ineligibles downfield several times. Only recall it getting called once.

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  5. Biggen

    I was unimpressed with this crew. Too many reviews of pointless plays and not enough reviews on the needed ones.

    And where the hell were the PI calls?

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    • Biggen

      Oh, and not that its the refs fault, but the illegal wedge penalty during a fair catch should invoke some time of actual repercussion for the team that committed it. There is no reason that penalty can’t be enforced on 1st down.

      No one is talking about this, but I thought Kirby making Rod re-kick was boneheaded. He should have just declined it. When we were going to re-kick I looked around the room at my family and said now they have another chance to return it. Can you imagine if they had run that back and scored a TD? The 4th and 1 talk would pale in comparison to this.

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      • Uglydawg

        The pooch ran clock because ND had to field it. Other than that..who knows WTF Kirby was thinking. The announcers kind of made it sound like it was mandatory by some obscure rule. But if the illegal wedge was blown off because of the touch-back, why wasn’t the holding call blown off? I think the refs were trying to “wow” everyone and they did. Just not in the way they imagined.

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      • I didn’t understand either of these calls for enforcement.

        1) If there was an illegal wedge formed when a kick was a touchback, shouldn’t the foul have been marked half the distance from the 25 rather than being waved off? I don’t know the rules in this case, but that’s what I would have thought.
        2) For the holding penalty called during a fair catch, isn’t that the same as a foul committed by the receiving team during a punt? The mark-off happens from the end of the kick.

        I wonder if Kirby sent the Almost Competitive Conference some of the film of these misses.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      This is why the Georgia staff scouts the officiating crews, too.

      Like a MLB pitcher, adjust your game to what is being called.

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  6. This was the play i mentioned in the comments of another post this morning. 2nd and 15 there vs 3rd and 1 is a massive difference imo.

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  7. ApalachDawg

    Why not add another ref that stands 3yards from the line of scrimmage between the first down markers / chains on the sidelines?

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  8. Uglydawg

    Euphemisms be damned.
    The ref’s were cheating, dishonest enema nozzles.

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    • Uglydawg

      A wise old sage once told me, “It’s not what the refs call that bothers me, it’s what they don’t call”.
      They have to explain a bad call.
      All they have to do on a no call is say, “I just didn’t see it”.
      BTW..that wise old sage was a referee.

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  9. Thetruth

    On that touchdown for ND, if you look at the replay, the ND receiver pushed off to make the catch…obvious.

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  10. ASEF

    Some penalties are just easier to see with a bird’s eye view, and this is probably the biggest one.

    We have replay officials watching on TV basically. They could monitor this. Might wake them up.

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  11. Bright Idea

    Watched the replay last night. ND pushed the envelope frequently on blocking downfield when the pass went beyond the LOS. It comes with the RPO game and inept officiating.

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  12. Derek

    Every time there is some officiating controversy I think about this old story about Norm Van Brocklin who HATED referees. Examples:

    One time when he was coaching an NFL referee had died without any money to his name or life insurance, so a collection was started to pay for his funeral expenses. When they approached Van Brocklin for a contribution of $10, he whipped out a $20 and said “here, bury two of ‘em!”

    It’s a sentiment I completely understand. I’d give an extra $20 if they put Herbie in their with them.

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  13. 69Dawg

    It is the dumbest rule in college football. Go back to the pro rule the OL can’t go pass the LOS until the ball is passed unless it is a screen pass but if the QB scrambles and ends up throwing it pass the LOS it is still called. The umpire in this one should have called it but the way the crews work it is an “It’s not my job” situation. He’s not charged with calling it so he doesn’t. NCAA won’t change it now because RPO’s are too exciting and give the offense a decided advantage. Nobody pays to see 6 to 3 ball games anymore. Since they were ACC refs at lest we weren’t getting screwed by SEC refs as is usually the case.

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    • 69Dawg

      One other thing whoever that ass hat CBS had as an rules expert must still be a card carrying union ref. He would praise the refs on every dam review even if it was clearly wrong. I happened to believe the ND catch on the sideline where his butt hit the ground was going to stand because you could not see the guys foot because our DB’s foot was in the way and the ref that made the call had a good view. Based on the other calls it probably was wrong but there was no way the replay could overturn. The expert was saying it was a right call even though he had no view of it. He must be trying to get back into refereeing.

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    • Got Cowdog

      ACC refs haven’t seen football like that in years. They were much more confused by all the stunting and pulling than either of the teams.

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  14. Dr.J

    Not related to RPO plays but on Jake’s run at 7:41 that came up short why the heck was targeting not called on #11 as Jake was going down?? He ducked his head and hit Jake in the right earhole. One official was standing on the 28 looking directly at him.

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