Dave Parry, the supervisor of Big Ten officials, has apologized to Michigan coach Gary Moeller for a blown call that sealed the Wolverines' 28-27 loss to Michigan State, costing them the No. 1 ranking and a clear track to the Rose Bowl.
"He was just calling up to say how he felt about the matter, that they had talked to the officials," Moeller said Monday during his weekly news luncheon. "He told me they blew it. He said they missed it on the pass interference."The play in question came with six seconds left in Saturday's game. Michigan, which had just scored to pull within a point of the Spartans, tried to win the game with a two-point conversion.
But receiver Desmond Howard was bumped and knocked down by defender Eddie Brown, then dropped the pass from Elvis Grbac after hitting the ground.
There was no flag from the officials indicating interference and no signal indicating Howard had possession long enough for a catch. Thus, the score remained 28-27.
Moeller said Parry assured him that tapes of the play have been sent to every Big Ten officiating crew.