Talk about a cliff-hanger.
Nearly one month after it began, the Utah Catzz and Colorado Wildcats will finish the final nine seconds of their April 26 suspended game tonight at 7 p.m. at the McKay Events Center.With Colorado leading 29-27, Utah's Doug Beach had his potential game-winning, 50-yard field goal attempt blocked with time running out. However, a Wildcat player ran outside the offensive tackle on the play, which is contrary to Professional Indoor Football League rules.
The Catzz protested, but officials allowed the play to stand and it appeared the Wildcats had won the game. Days later, PIFL commissioner Dick Suess overruled the referee's controversial decision, paving the way for the two teams to complete the contest tonight.
"There's no question it was a blatant infraction," said Catzz coach Gordon Hudson of the illegal play. "I've just never seen a commissioner reverse a call be-fore."
A 6-yard penalty will be assessed on the Wildcats when the action resumes, so the Catzz will have the ball first-and-10 on the Colorado 21 with nine seconds left on the clock.
Afterwards, the 'Cats and Catzz will play their regularly scheduled game.
Utah, sporting a 2-2 record, needs to win both games to have a realistic shot at remaining in playoff contention. But considering the way they've been playing of late, the Catzz would probably be happy with a split.
The Catzz have been outscored 93-41 in their last two games, including a 44-14 thrashing last week at the hands of the Louisiana Bayou Beast. The Wildcats are one of two undefeated teams remaining in the PIFL.
Starting next week, the Catzz will play three straight road games and won't be at home again until June 27, when they host Honolulu.