I never thought I'd would live to see the game that a PAC 10 ref. would throw a
flag that did not benefit a PAC 10 team. AMEEEEENNNNNNN!
I think BYU should demonstrate courage and class by coming up with a game ball
used last Saturday and awarding it to the true hero of the contest--the referee
who made that very, very sad call.
An opinion is just an opinion. A rule is an absolute rule. (BYU 28, U of W
27)There is no debate.
There were 4 penalties called against UW: (1) after their first or second
touchdown they were penalized (which usually affects the game very little); (2)
the "intentional grounding call during the final drive (whichactually helped
keep the drive alive); the excessive celebration call on Locker (which is also
usually a safe penalty as it rarely affects the outcome); and (4) the offsides
on the final onsides kick (which also kept the game alive). Note that on every
case these were "safe" penalties to call against UW. From the refs' point of
view they did their part to deliver the best possible outcome for their
conference. It's not their fault UW couldn't deliver when they had handed
everything to them. Truth is, BYU won in spite of the refs, not
because of them.
As ron (5:35am) metioned earlier, what would be the reaction if the situation
was reversed. Would the national media give a hoot if BYU "lost" the game
because Unga or Hall threw the ball in the air? It wouldn't get air time because
the right team won.
Lets go ahead and give the whinners a forfeit! Forfeit the game so the babies
will stop whining! I have never seen such a juvenile, immature display of bad
sportsmanship! Contrats to some of you who have given a new meaning to bad
If UW made the extra point and then BYU won the game in overtime, no one would
be talking about it right now. Just because the BCS team got the raw end of the
deal that all the media is still all over it. As long as BYU continues to win,
they will move up in the standings. Vs UCLA, at TCU, at Air Force (looks better
than New Mexico), and at Utah give the schedule more credibility. If BYU takes
care of business, I think they can overcome anybody in the Non BCS ahead of them
(ECU) and be playing in January!
I have read about this "bad" call on every single BYU article since the end of
the game. The point everyone is missing is that if UW had made the PAT, no one
would be complaining about the call.No one.So why
A blocked kick is one of the purest examples in sports of a team taking their
destiny into their own hands. Trying to deny a team its victory on subjective
discussions is one of the most impure aspects of sports. That is why most people
who truly love the game avoid such attempts. I am a college
football fan. My 3 favorite teams are, in this order BYU, Alabama, and Utah.
That may make me a freak, but it certainly makes life and sports more enjoyable
for me. I'm saddened by the anger and hatred that exists these days in sports
and the world today. You are not a better person with any bragging rights if
your team wins. However, you have devalued yourself if you behave as if you are
a better person because your team won.
I just wish a PAC10 ref would call a holding penalty on a PAC10 team. On that
4th and 10 there should have been a holding penalty called... then this wouldn't
even had been a discussion... PAC10 does not want to be embarrassed by a MWC
Just because the rule is sort of dumb isn't a reason to criticize the official
for enforcing it. I would suspect in the future there will be two penalties.
One for inappropriate celebration (5 yards) and one for taunting of the opponent
It's a rule.What do you think Locker was doing during the meeting
when the PAC-10 officials came in and said "This is what they are looking at,
this may cost you a game".This will be used as an example to every
player and coach across the country how in one instance you can win the game,
and a stupid move, you lose it.This rests directly at Locker's feet.
He is the one May, Holz, and all the ESPN has-beens should be talking about.There is no way this detracts from a Big BYU W, the same as if he ran
out of bounds 2 yards before the endzone, or a reciever caught the ball out of
bounds.They are rules, and cannot be obliviated because of
"discretion", or else you are then cheating the other team. Geeze,
much ado about nothing.
Unfortunately we all can't be as perfect as the u of u fans that blog their BYU
hatred all over these comments. I tell you I've never seen a ute fan do
anything wrong, especially criticize an officiating crew after a loss (even when
a 4th and 18 conversion is what truly cost them the game).Someday,
we'll all become as perfect as u fans and realize the error of our ways. The sad thing is that I don't think there's nearly as many UW fans
whining in these comments as there are utah fans (or more appropriately- BYU
Here's a novel idea. MAKE YOUR PAT and then shut up.
If UW (and its advocates) put as much effort into executing on simple plays as
they have into moaning about a questionable call they might actually start
winning some games. I can't believe how much moaning and groaning is going on
about this call. It didn't take any points off the board, it didn't push UW so
far out they couldn't make the PAT, and BYU still had to make a play 9 times out
of 10 can't be done. In spite of this call, the odds were still in UWs favor
that they would take the game into overtime. They didn't execute. BYU did.
Game over.Now get over it!!!
There is a difference between complaining aobout a preceived "bad call" and only
complaining when something goes wrong for your team and praising the same
situation when it helps your team. I can honestly say I would feel the same
about this call no matter which team it helps/hurts (yes if a bad call helped my
team I would be relieved but I would still call it what it was). Maybe there
are a few, and I am sure it is a very few of you, that would think the same way
if it been Hall in that situation, but I am sure we would be hearing a very
different story from all of the BYU fans if that's the way it had played out and
that is the basis of your hyprocracy and the basis of my statement.
I agree with "penalized" byu being ranked 15th in the nation should not have
only beat Washington by 1 point! There defense could not stop locker! He ran
wild! I was glad to see byu drop in the polls they dont deserve to move up
Tell me honestly that you've NEVER complained about an official's call,
otherwise, you're just as much a hypocrit as any other fan that you so
condemn.The call was legit. The calls that weren't legit, were the
missed calls.There's no hypocrisy in defending a legitimate call,
even if it did benefit your team.There's no hypocrisy is criticizing
a judgement call that you felt was incorrect.The only hypocrisy is
in criticizing a legitimate call simply because it did not benefit your team.In this case, the Washington player clearly threw the ball high into the
air (at least 20 to 30 feet, not a toss over the shoulder) which is specifically
including in the rules as an example of excessive celebration.Bury
your head in the sand and pretend that white is black and black is white, but,
in the end, the official made the correct call based strictly on the rules.There's is NOTHING in the rules that says an official should use
"discretion" in making the call based on whether it will affect the outcome of
the game.The blocked kick, not the call, is what prevented
Washington from extending the game into overtime.
I agree with you that had that call been made on BYU, BYU fans would be livid.
However, your statement about hypocrisy is also self-condemning. From my
recollection of the BYU/Utah game last year, I heard a lot of complaining from
Ute fans about the officiating. True, I don't know if you're a Ute fan, but I
assume you're a fan of some team and it clearly is not just BYU fans who
complain about officiating.
Re: PenalizedAbsolutely correct.I hope BYU fans see the
truth in this statement. BYU's performance should have been stronger for their
ranking.So should have Ohio St's and they also fell a couple of
spots. By comparison, though, the University of Ohio (at home no less) is a
much less formidable opponenet than UW (especially in Seattle).
Hey everyone look, for the first time ever BYU fans are applauding an officials
call (even though the rest of the football world is condeming it). This of
course is only becase it helped them. Can you say hypocrite? I remember all of
the posts from the BYU fans crying non-stop about bad calls last year and now
they have the nerve to call huskie fans a bunch of cry babies? Again, can you
say hypocrite? Not surprising though given who we are talking obout, but it is
Sorry to disappoint you, but Bronco complaining about biased PAC-10 was simply
stating the facts. Game after game after game can be offered as PROOF that the
PAC-10 refs are blatantly biased in favor of PAC-10 teams.If you
watched the game with any objectivity, you saw several blatant Washington holds
that happened right in front of the officials. These weren't subtle holds where
a ref should use some discretion in calling the hold, these were holds where the
BYU defender was literally tackled or pushed from behind right in front of the
ref.And, NO, you're absolutely wrong, I'm not naive in saying that
BYU fans would not have been complaining about the excessive celebration call.
We've seen that called way too many times on BYU players in the past. The
reaction from BYU fans would have been to criticize the BYU player for making
such a stupid mistake and such a critical stage in the game.
By the way folks BYU was also penalized for the same infraction on the next play
or did everyone miss that. The fact that it really didn't mean much has nothing
to do with the call. The Huskeys could have done the on side kick and been
successful but it didn't happen. Great BLOCK and great win. Pretty doesn't count
in anything but beauty contests.Go Cougars
BYU was penalized for barely beating a weak Washington team...not for getting a
"tainted" victory...a 15th ranked team in the nation should beat a
Washington team by 30...not by 1...and not by 1 when Washington should have tied
The entire point is being lost on the reall issue. If they had missed the 35
yarder it could be argued that the ref had an impact. Howeer, as we all kow the
kick was blocked. Why is that the ref's fault? The point is that their PAT
team muffed it. That is where the blame should lie. You have to overcome
adversity, bad calls, and bad luck. BYU used it to create a critical stop, and
Washington should have blocked better.
Mr. Willingham, you say that the refs can use discretion in calling holding
penalties too. Isn't it interesting that the refs used their "discretion" to not
call one holding penalty on UW the whole game? Even when it was incredibly
obvious and right in front of the ref who happened to be right in front of the
man with the ball on a few occassions, the refs used their "discretion" and
decided the holding was not severe enough to warrant a flag. There's even
photographic evidence that the refs decided not to call a penalty on the guy who
tugged with all his might on Jan Jorgensen's jersey as Jorgensen blocked the PAT
at the end of the game. The refs missed a lot of calls, but that doesn't mean
that their last call was wrong. Rules are rules.
I did notice the holding. I was at the game and noticed a lot more holding than
that doen by the Washington O-line. None of it was called and its likely this
holding cought on film would not have been called ether. well in fact it didnt
get called. Bad calls or no calls all round at the game.
Actually surprised that the refs did not call off-sides on BYU's block of the
PAT.Totally expected the refs to give them another re-try. In the
spirit of OU/Oregon.
For all of us that have played the game, it is a sappy stretch to say that a 30
yd field goal requires a lower trajectory than a typical PAT. The only reason
that kick would be need to be performed differently is when the kicker is very
subpar.UW's kicker is not subpar.The argument is lame.
It is a manufactured story to augment the continuing diatribe against PAC-10
officials after the Oregon/OU debacle.Washington lost the game
because they couldn't keep the BYU defensive rush out of the backfield.That being said, BYU's defense needs to stiffen and improve if a BCS bowl game
is to stay within reach.
Did anyone notice in the AP picture that Jan Jorgenson was able to block the
kick IN SPITE OF being illegally "held" by #76? If the kick had been good and
the proper call made it would have had to been tried again after a penalty
Yawn, This is an old story.
Call or no call, itwas not a "great game" or "magnificent victory" for BYU. BYU
barely beat a team that is down and they should have beaten convincingly, hence
the drop in the polls. Y fans get off Mark Mays back, have you ever listened to
If BYU lost that game it would have been because they made a lot of mistakes.
They can play better. They need to play better.But reality is
Washington was lucky to be in that game, even when they were playing at their
best. Yes, it is hard to accept a loss when you play your best, but get over
it.BYU has lost close games over the last couple of years, like a
game against BC that went into overtime. Were there calls in that game to
complain about? Sure. Do I as a BYU fan remember what lost us that game? Yes.
BYU didn't play well enough, despite the other teams or the refs. That's my BYU perspective. So putting on the Washington shoe, or more likely
taking the Ute advice to put myself in the loser's position (Where Utah recently
keeps finding itself in in a close game with BYU), I say get over it, losers!
Sorry if someone already made the comment, but didn't BYU have more than 8 flags
thrown (not sure of the exact number) against them in the game, and Washington
only had 2... with both happening in the final minute of play. If there was a
bias by the refs it was clearly evidenced in the lack of consistent calls
throughout the game.
It's about time the Pac-10 got a taste of it's own medicine. BOO-HOO, and why
do you Ute fans even care, you now have two cupcake teams to play, USU and then
When the cameras flashed to the sidelines and Coach Willingham after the TD
(before the stupid penalty call), he held up ONE (1) finger and later confirmed
that point in the post-game press conference.Why do you Ute (or
yewt) fans continue to come on here and tear down an otherwise magnificent BYU
victory? (We still cheer your victory at the "Big House" vs Michigan!). Mark
May I can understand with his Husky heritage, but I am sick of everyone trying
to take away from an otherwise great game.BYU won! Get over it and
quit trying to spin it any other way. Certainly no reason to lie about it on a
public forum. Thanks for playing, but go away and get ready for the Aggies.
BYU made UW punt 5 times. They sacked Locker 4 times. Had more yards on offense
than UW. More time of possession than UW. Scored more points than UW. Got a lot
less help from the refs than UW. BYU haters quit yer whining and get a life.BYU won.Next.
To imply that BYU wouldn't complain about it if the situation was reversed shows
how naive you really are. Bronco brought up Pac-10 officiating before the game
even started so I am sure that something would be said if the same thing had
happened to BYU. Also, to say that the penalty had no affect on the kick is
stupid. Of course it did. Give credit to BYU for the block, but the pressure
on the kicker increased a ton. Not only did he have to kick a PAT to tie the
game, now he has to do it from 15 yards further. It did affect him and how he
Isnt it fantastic that we all love a sport that is, for the way it is governed,
totally subjective. From the way that the rules are enforced, to how we choose
the champion, FBS (DIV-1) football has created the most ridiculous, self-imposed
problems.We say that refs should make calls within the context of the game
and that they should use judgment, but when that judgment is incongruent with
our own observations, we insist that they must interpret the rules literally.
When we see a rule interpreted literally, as in the BYU/UW game, we cry foul,
and insist that the referee should have based his call on other factors and used
It is funny how vehemently BYU fans are defending this obviously stupid call.
Yah, it was technically correct, but most penalties in a game are made by a
referee making his best judgement. Any rational fan would have to admit that
the ref used poor judgement in making that call which was in now way excessive
celebration, no matter what the rule states. If BYU was in Washingtons position
their fans would be whining just as much about how they were robbed of a win by
a bad call.
Take a look at the blocked field goal picture. Don't care how close
or how high the kicker kicks that thing, that thing gets blocked when you let
the opposing team surge through and stand in front of the kicker. To
settle this the refs should stand the kicker 15 yards closer. Put Jan Jorgenson
in front of the kick as would be the case, all things equal. And lets see if the
outcome is any different.Give me a break. Those were your pac 10
refs (who btw, missed lots of calls [holding mainly] that hurt BYU in
that game). At least Willingham got the pressure off himself for a while.
What would everybody be saying if they hadn't made the call and let it go.
Throwing the ball high into the air in front of T.V. cameras and not calling it
would have been seen as pure bias. No one call by a ref wins or loses a game, it
is all of those that go before and after the call. If a player doesn't know the
rules he/she doesn't belong on the field. What if offensive holding had been
called that the fans couldn't see? Should the refs have ignored that since it
may have changed the out come of the game?
and ALL 100 of the NO-CALLS made by the refs while UW was holding Jurgenson and
Dulan ALL game long were NOT judgement calls??? no, the refs were paid not to
call those. they had NO choice in the celebration penalty. i called that penalty
before the ref did. any real fan would know that rule whether byu or uw broke
it. it's the rule. americans don't like to play by rules especially when a non
BSC potentially busting team is favored by the rule. this is all sickening to
think that a supposed poor UW team (which i don't believe) needs a break to win.
byu ran UW into the ground. only Locker showed any kind of promise for UW. give
him props no doubt. but BYU blocked the PAT which would have been blocked no
Guaranteed, if the shoe were on the other foot, NOBODY in the national media
would be making a big deal about the call, instead, it would've been simply a
footnote to the end result.BYU wouldn't be criticizing the
officials, instead, they would be criticizing their own "player-x" who was
stupid enough to spoil a great play by getting called for excessive
celebration.I've seen BYU players flagged for excessive celebration
MANY times, for doing little more than what Locker was flagged for. In almost
every case, the kicker simply kicked a slightly longer extra point.GET REAL PEOPLE. Adding 15 yards to a kick that was already a chip shot, and
from straight on, is NOTHING.The ONLY reason that this whole debate
is occurring is because BYU made a great play and BLOCKED the kick.If the shoe was on the other foot, the BCS establishment (including the
locked-in-step media), would simply be breathing a sigh of relieve that another
non-BCS "pretender" bit the dust.
If the referees had been doing their job fairly, Washington probably wouldn't
have even gotten the touchdown. The long pass that put them into position to
score was only completed because of blatant, uncalled holding.
BLOCK THAT KICK...BLOCK THAT KICK...BLOCK THAT KICK! THAT KICK WAS
BLOCKED...THAT KICK WAS BLOCKED... THAT KICK WAS BLOCKED...BOTTOM LINE END OF
STORY! BYU WON THE GAME!
Sometimes I believe we get emotional about sports and forget about the "heart of
the game", which is valuable lessons sports teach. One of the most important of
those is learning how to win and how to lose - with dignity. Having coached
young men in various sports, I've often seen parents let their emotions overcome
their rational thinking, all in the name of seeing "little Johnny" come out on
top. This is when the purpose of sports gets out of perspective. I believe
that's what's happened in this case. The refs made a call, which is their
responsibility, and which they do throughout the game. Any of those calls can
make a difference in the outcome. Those who are thinking with their brains will
know that the debate isn't over whether one of many calls was right or wrong,
but rather whether that rule is right or..wrong (which I believe to be the
case). Otherwise, to think that this one call was the "game loser" is way out of
perspective...kinda like little league. Hopefully the Washington players won't
follow their coach and believe they were cheated, like little Johnny often does.
That's what would be the real shame.
Hey Kuugs. Put the shoe on the other foot and imagine that Max had gotten the
call and that BYU would have lost the game. Ask yourselves: Under
those circumstance, would I feel the same way as I do now?Thought
Why would anybody give credence to what Tyrone Willingham has to say about the
call? It's the desperate comments of a guy on his way out the door. Even the
UW fans in Seattle are calling for his head. Of course he's going to say
whatever he needs to in favor of his team...he's 0-forever and coaching what
could potentially be his last game at UW every week this season! What did you
expect him to say..."I loved the call?" Get real.Oh, and by the
way, it was the correct call and shame on both Jake Locker AND Tyrone Willingham
for not knowing it beforehand, especially after getting the NCAA's memo before
the season specifying this exact type of infraction!Naysayers be
It's disappointing to hear bronco make a comment that the call did not change
the fact that his team blocked the kick. If it was a normal pat, it would have
been blocked anyway...as a ute fan, I'll give you that assumption, but it's a
waste of time anyway.Why is nobody mentioning the fact that Tyrone
willingham had his arm raised signalling that his team would be going for two,
not one. So if the call had notoccured, byu would never have had a chance to
block the kick. The real debate should be whether or not the cougar
defense could have stopped locker on the 3 yard line for the 2 of conversion.
Judging by the rest of the game, I have no reason to believe locker would have
been stopped. But that should be the real debate!Reality is that
fans nationwide were robbed of a moment that truly would have been dramatic and
exciting either way. All debate could have been settled on one play on the
field. We as fans were robbed of a moment that could have been a defining moment
that bcs teams have (or non-bcs teams fail to have).
ESPN's Mark May, along with anybody else who thinks Locker just "tossed the ball
over his shoulder" are buffoons. Funny how a "toss over the shoulder" can come
back down and hit the SAME SHOULDER a full 3 seconds later!BYU
outplayed Washington the whole game and deserved the win. With the surge BYU's
kick defense showed on that blocked PAT they would have likely blocked it no
matter the distance.You BYU haters can stop talking like one call
cost UW a game. Stop pretending like even with a tie that UW would have
automatically won in overtime. BYU was the far superior offensive team the
entire game. Without Locker UW wouldn't have even been close. Ironic how in
the end, without Locker's gaffe, they would have had a chance to have their kick
blocked from 15 yards closer!
Really sad that this is the end result of a great rush that blocked a kick.
Clearly the quarterback threw the ball then celebrated with his team. If it is
true that the NCAA sent out a video highlighting the plays that they are going
to focus on, and this is one of them, shame on any player not knowing that
rule.Come to think of it, hasn't it always been a rule you can't
throw the ball after a touchdown? That has always been unsportsmanlike.Watching this game was painful in that we had to listen to the commentators.
At one point the commentator complimented BYU and said that when Washington
wins, it's not like they beat a cupcake team. This BYU team is pretty good.When a non-BCS team wins it is painful for the BCS schools and the
ruling elite. Their whole gig is based on the football gods giving them complete
control. And the media elite have always loved Willinham even though he has a
horrible coaching record. And let's face it, BYU is hated. Put it all together
and the most hated team in America beat their poor little Willingham and the
BCS. Oh shame!
Are we still talking about the incomplete pass Utah made in the closing minutes
of their bowl game last year vs. Navy? The one the officials ruled complete but
later said was a mistake?? The one that gave them the game??? Come
on...that game has been over for 9 months now!!
Every football game has blown calls. This one was no exception, and plenty went
against BYU. In the game I was watching, BYU won by blocking a kick - and
dominating throughout the game.
The only people crying more over that game than Husky fans are Ute fans. I've
never seen a group of fans so obsessed with their rival. It is really pathetic.
Every time BYU wins the Ute fans try and discredit the win. Well BYU has won
23 of their past 25 games. I know it is hard to watch Ute fans but get used to
Mark May can take his opinion and shove it. Tossed it over his shoulder? Get a
life, buddy. Your purple colors are showing through your skin color.
You point out that BYU was penalized by dropping in the polls. That is not
really true. This early in the season, the polls are very volatile. You can win
big and still drop, just ask Georgia fans after the first week.The
fact of the matter is this. At this point even bad publicity gets BYU noticed.
Now the media will be watching to see what the Cougars do from now on. Everyone
is interested in the Cougars.Because of this call, all of the hype
around Fresno State being better than BYU went out the window. BYU has the
chance to capitalize by winning out.
Why don't we just use "Judgement Calls" and "discresion" in the entire game.For instance, with Ungas fumble can you imagine Mendenhall saying, "I
think we all know that was not the right call ...," "It's an opportunity to use
discretion, and it was not used. The proper judgment was not used. That was not
an act of a young man trying to fumble the ball. That was not an irresponsible
act at all and therefore it should have been viewed in its totality (we had
driven the ball 97 yards to this point, more than most teams need to drive to
make a touchdown )and not just in the letter of the law." And then
Unga could say, Hey I didn't know I fumbled the ball before I crossed the line.
All I was trying to do was score a touchdown.
Officials immediately called a penalty because, as a point of emphasis for
officials this year, Locker violated one part of the excessive celebration rule
in the NCAA rule book throwing the ball in the air. Why dont the officials
make a point of getting right, calling the blatantly missed calls, not calling
excessive celebration on a kid who just made a great play. The reason I love
college sports is the passion and emotion of the players. Sometimes when I
watch pro sports, I feel like I am watching someone at work, just going through
process. Excessive celebration has been a problem in the NCAA for decades, but
the coaches and ADs dont seem to want to correct it. The ref may have been
wrong, but those who control the rules have not stepped up to fix the rule. I
agree with what has been previously written by rvalens2 and some others, fix the
rule. Coaches and ADs its up to you.
BYU was getting hometowned by the PAC-10 officials all night. This was one of
the few calls they actually managed to get right."Hey officials!
Enforce the rules by the book, except when it costs the team we want to win the
game, whereupon you must interpret them by the 'spirit of the law,' so that the
team we want to win wins!"Sorry people, you can't have it both
ways.But keep weeping and wailing and gnashing your teeth. And,
please, don't move on with your lives by any means!
To interesting:It got the national attention because it was BYU. That's
A rulr is a rule. We don't want refs who show "discresion"--we want refs who
enforce the rules evenly.
It's too bad that a great final play was overshadowed by a player's mistake.
Obviously Locker wasn't taunting, but he threw the ball up in the air, which is
against the rules. Penalty!Jorgensen and the defense had a great
push and blocked the kick. Game over. BYU did what they had to do to win. The
refs did not throw the ball. The refs did not rip off UW. The refs didn't block
the kick. The refs, the refs, the refs . . . Let's get on to UCLA.
If BYU wins, which they should, it will be a mute point. BYU just needs to show
that they belong where they are, and should keep climbing. Just play the game
and win. That is what we hope takes place this Saturday. GO COUGARS!
I'll bet the whole world wouldn't have taken this debate this far if one of the
BYU players had done the same and been flagged for the same penalty. Move on,
This is the problem here: Willingham says that the refs make a judgement call
on every play, sometimes throwing flags and sometimes not. Well, this time they
did throw a flag, making a judgement call, which also seems to follow the new
rule. Now I believe celebration rules are silly and need to be changed, but the
ref did his job in following the rule. It's not the refs job to judge the
intent of the action, but the action itself. I fully believe Locker did not
throw the ball to taunt BYU, but out of excitement for making a great play.
But, a rule is a rule and kudos to the refs for making the correct call. Now,
let's get rid of that rule because it is completely ridiculous. Besides,
if the BYU quarterback had done the same thing and received a penalty (which led
to Washington blocking the game tying 35 yard PAT), then Washington fans would
say what BYU fans are saying, and BYU fans would be crying foul - another
difference would be that the national media would not care so much either.
The call did not keep them from tying the game. If the kick had gone wide then
maybe one could say that the call came in to play but the kick was BLOCKED!!!!
BYU did thier job on the that play (PAT) and Washington didn't.
I know what the reaction would have been by the big time coaches and big time
media if the play was reversed with the two teams.(BACK BURNER). Just can't do
that to the elitest bcs.. Get a life folks and move on.
Two years ago the same referee crew called back a game winning touchdown by BYU
at Arizona on a phantom penalty, so it's not like this crew wasn't already in
deep. Washington was flagged for something specific emphasized in the rules
this year. The NCAA sent a video over the summer to every university containing
points of emphasis for the upcoming season, including celebration and what
actions would draw the automatic penalty. If Jake Locker says he didn't know it
was a rule, then shame on coach Willingham for not instructing his team as the
NCAA requested in the video.No one should ever forget that BYU has
blocked two key kicks against PAC10 foes in the last 3 games and that based on
the kind of push they got on this PAT they would have blocked it from 2 yards or
35 yards. Washington failed to execute what amounted to a basic 35 yrd FG
attempt, simple for any kicker and team, but did not block effectively and were
outplayed by the BYU rushers. That is where the game was won or lost. The
players DID decide the game on the field on the last play.
I think it is absolutely amazing this has received so much national attention.
A referee makes a call that is within his discretion to make, within the rules,
and he is hanged and flogged. He is darned because he made a call withing the
rules - possibly darned if he didn't (suspension?). The biggest
shock to anyone who follows PAC 10 football is that it was actually a PAC 10 ref
that called the infraction? These are the refs that are known for using every
ounce of their "subjective judgement" in favor of their conference teams.What is unfortunate is the BYU players did nothing wrong in regards to
this penalty (except were unable to tackle him before he scored) and they have
been penalized - drop in polls and discussion of a "tainted" victory.Both teams played their hearts out. I believe the blocked extra point is what
saved the victory for BYU not the penalty. Washington should be commended for
playing a great game but BYU did win, "fair and square" within the rules. A rule
is a rule is a rule!
Seattle needs anyone, but their teams to blame for a loss. They have been
whinning about every ref. since before the 2007 Superbowl. The PAC-10 will not
play without their officials, and the officials didn't block the kick. It
is almost as bad as someone still whinning about Jordan pushing off of Russell.
Life isn't fair, live with it. Seattle's greatest wine? "The refs.
are picking on us."
The rule needs to be rewritten to:After a score, a flag should only
be thrown when a player's actions are designed to intimidate, ridicule or taunt
an opposing team's players.Examples:Dancing, throat
slashing, pointing at an opposing team's player, jumping into the stands,
throwing the ball into the stands and verbal taunting.I am glad BYU
won but Locker's celebration should not have cost Washington the chance they had
to tie or win the game.
Memo to BYU: If you let it, this DISTRACTION can prove costly on
Saturday against UCLA. Focus on the task at hand by thoroughly preparing and
strategizing for UCLA. If anything, this DISTRACTION should motivate you to show
the nation what you are capable of on Saturday against UCLA. Very
truly yours, True Cougar Fan