I don't have it recorded, but that's what I seem to remember seeing as
well - defensive player launches at a "defenseless" player who already
had a concussion. Ref makes a harsh call based on what he thought he saw in an
instant. I don't disagree, if he had stayed in, we probably
have a very different outcome. But please don't imagine the lucky tipped
pass made the difference. PI called, ball on the one with a few seconds
remaining, same outcome. I am very nervous for this one. Can't
As a BYU fan, I thought the call was borderline at best and the decision to
eject the player was wrong.However - let's not practice
revisionist history.The play was on third and goal from the 8. BYU
got a new set of downs, but promptly gave back the yards with a false start.
And with the new set of downs they still ended up kicking a field goal from
essentially the same place they would've if the penalty hadn't been
called.I believe it was Apo that was hit and at the time I wondered
if the reason for the strong call was related to A) Apo being in the news as
having missed the previous game due to concussion. and B) Brady left his feet
and launched himself at Apo. I could see the refs wanting to stay on top of
what they interpreted as a defensive player targeting someone's injury - if
they saw it that way. Not saying Brady was intending to harm or
that I agree with the refs - just that I could understand the decision if that
was their interpretation.Here's to no injuries (or ejections)
I have the game recorded and went back to it and watched the hit. There was a
shoulder pad hit and then a glance to the helmet. Definitely not a helmet to
helmet hit. It seems like officials get so hyped to be part of this game that
they make bad calls, kind of like the bad call in the NFL. Question is, do
all players get ejected for helmet to helmet hits. I havent seen that with any
of the other calls in football. Should just be a personal foul.
The call last year was terrible in my opinion. He barely bumped into
Hoffman's shoulder. The only questionable part of the play is that he
jumped to reach for the ball, and bumped into Hoffman's shoulder pads. The
ref called it a helmet to helmet, or targeting the head, but he didn't
touch his head. Funny that Cougar fans have no problem with this call, but
defend and celebrate Uale spearing Christopher in the head during the Holy War
last year.It had a big impact on the game too. The two biggest plays
of the game could have been much different if the starting safety was in the
game. The prayer pass down the middle of the field, and the stroke of luck
tipped pass in the final touchdown. Not to mention, as the article already did,
that the penalty led to a touchdown when if the call hadn't been made, it
would have been a field goal. The Aggies will win on Friday and make it 2
out of 3, with the 1 being taken from them by the zebras in a horrific call.
AZCoug,I remember the play and wondered then if it was the right
call. I can't remember myself I in the end I saw helmet to helmet. He
probably didn't hear the helmet to helmet, thought the call was bad, but
then was reassured of it when he went to the video. I don't know why that
seems so odd.Riley or Hill, Go Cougs!
I remember that costly call on McKade Brady last year. It was a poor call.
Seems odd that Kade would have to check the tape to see if there was helmet to
helmet contact. Wouldn't he hear it and feel it unless he had a concussion
himself in the process?
Great to see that McKade was able to see the light and come back to USU.
Check your facts...he does not hold the school record in the 4x400 at BYU.