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Did Pac-10 officials blow it two weeks in a row?

Last week, it was Pac-10 officials in taketh away mode when it came to Washington.

This weekend, they were in full-blown giveth mode — allegedly — as far as the Huskies are concerned.  And at the expense of the Arizona Wildcats.

Real quickly to recap what happened, Washington scored 15 points in 18 seconds late in the fourth quarter to pull out a 36-33 win over Arizona.  The second of those points came off an interception return for a touchdown.  And it’s the reason for the brewing mini-controversy.

A screen pass intended for UA’s Delashaun Davis instead bounced off the shoe of the receiver — according to referees — and was plucked out of the air by UW linebacker Mason Foster, who returned it 37 yards with 2:37 left for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown.

While the referees working the game ruled that the ball did not make contact with the ground before or after hitting Davis’ heel, plenty of UA fans are from certain.

Here’s a YouTube clip of the play.  Pay particular attention to the :53 and 1:07 marks of the clip:

And here’s a picture taken from the cell phone of a Huskies fan who claims there’s no doubt that it hit the ground:


So, what say ye?  Did it hit the ground, or did the officials get it right?

Personally, you can’t tell squat from the picture, and the clip linked above seems to indicate the right call was made.  At the very least, there was clearly not enough evidence to overturn the call on the field.

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  1. TheGhostofBernieKosar says: Oct 12, 2009 7:52 PM

    i watched that replay over and over and i still think it hit the ground. the ball’s angle when it bounces makes it look like it hit the ground and not his toe. i don’t believe a ball that bounced off a toe would bounced that way.

  2. HBOilers24 says: Oct 12, 2009 8:27 PM

    looks like it clearly hits the ground to me. i have horses in that race either.

  3. Observer1 says: Oct 12, 2009 9:00 PM

    I think if you look at 1:54 in the video you can see the field turf pop up from the nose of the ball hitting it. The officials blew this one, but the PAC10 has horrible on field and replay booth officials so is this really a surprise?

  4. Hamburger says: Oct 12, 2009 10:25 PM

    Why would a Washington fan send you proof that the wrong call was made? Weird…

  5. Fight On! says: Oct 12, 2009 10:37 PM

    WOW! That’s brutal. After further review, Pac-10 officials still stink.

  6. JP says: Oct 12, 2009 11:01 PM

    Not a Pac-10 guy so I have no bias one way or the other. And all I can say is that, from watching that replay a number of times, I see no evidence the ball hit the ground. Regarding Observer1, I can see the field turf “pop” (as you call it), but I think it’s a result of the movement of the player’s foot, not a result of the ball.
    Could be wrong. At the very least, I would say that there is no way from the video the officials could say there was “indisputable” evidence to overturn the call on the field.

  7. robertg says: Oct 13, 2009 3:15 AM

    pac 10 officials have been dishonest for years and, with the exception of new pac 10 commissioner larry scott, have been protected by the former pac 10 commissioner tom hansen, by the former pac 10 conference official in charge of football officiating, jim muldoon, and by dave cutaia, who currently occupies muldoon’s position and who reports to muldoon, not to scott.
    hansen was intelligent enough to resign before the civil lawsuits started hitting the dishonest pac 10 officials and their current protectors, muldoon and cutaia.
    cutaia’s qualifications? cutaia was the head ref at the infamous 9/16/2006 oregon/oklahoma game at which all pac 10 ref and tech review crews stole a win from oklahoma with such blatantly dishonest calls and no calls of penatlies and game and play clocks which was all caught on tv that a public war ensued between the pac 10 and the big 12 conferences.
    hansen and muldoon publicly admitted that the dishonest calls and non calls had reversed the outcome of the game and publicly swore that they would severely discipline every official involved.
    there are no conference or ncaa rules to cover the reversals of dishonest game outcomes and oklahoma chose not to prsue its remedies in the civil courts.
    hansen and muldoon punished cutaia so severely that they promoted cutaia to muldoon’s position and put cutaia in charge of football officiating for the pac 10 conference.
    any ref or tech review game or tech review official from the pac 10 conference or from any other conference who still thinks that he and those at the conference and ncaa levels who protect dishonest officials will not suffer severe economic consequences in the civil courts is very seriously mistaken.
    there are high tech solutions to dishonest officiating which will be in place for the 2010 season.
    however, we have broked down every game film since 2005 and will continue to do so until the high tech devices are in place.
    we have kept track of every dishonest ref and tech reviewer and of those who protect them at the conference and ncaa levels.
    we know how the cash flows for dishonest officiating operate and where all of the assets are.
    wew are taking those assets away in the civil courts and will get to every single dishonest ref and tech reviewer and everyone who protects or cooperates with them.
    seeing blatantly dishonest officiating in the pac 10 and other conferences obviously does not surprise us.
    what has surprised us is that, until we came along and gathered the game films(the tv feeds generally cover up the blatant dishonesties) and the other evidence, no one else stepped foward to put an end to these multibillion dollar scams.
    we understand why the coaches and student athletes and the individual schools can do nothing about these problems.
    after all, there have been ironically named sportmanship conduct rules in place at the conference levels for many years and, after the oregon/oklahoma blowup in 2006, at the ncaa level, which impose severe monetary and other sanctions( including being banned from all participation in ncaa college sports) on coaches or student athletes who complain to the public about dishonest officiating.
    the coaches are supposed to submit their complaints to the conference officials in charge of football officiating and be quiet when thet get back screw you responses.
    in the meantime, the members of the public who indirectly put up the many millions of dollars to put on these college athletic events and who place wagers with sports bookies being led to believe that the outcomes of games are actually going to be determined by the student athletes on the fields just keep getting ripped off and getting very angry.
    in the case of coach stoops at oklahoma, stoops has refused to schedule any more games for oklahoma in which pac 10 officials are involved.
    do the big 12 conference and every other conference have similar dishonest officiating problems and conference officials covering for a share of the huge cash flows?
    yes, they most certainly do.
    that is why we are cleaning out these rats’ nests at the same time and watching very closely what new pac 10 commissioner larry scott does to get rid of muldoon and cutaia and their horde of dishonest pac 10 officials.
    delany of the big 10 has already failed his chance to fix the big 10’s dishonest officiating problems after getting plenty of warnings and chances to reform.
    well, delany can now kiss his fancy house and other material possessions goodbye and look foward to living on forever in infamy.

  8. Mr Krinkle says: Oct 13, 2009 9:02 AM

    That ball hit the ground.

  9. Jonny 5 says: Oct 13, 2009 9:38 AM

    The zebras got this one right, the ball didn’t hit the ground, and the UW fan picture is from a different play. It’s a tough call, but the right one. Good job Refs. Sorry Zona, Go Trojans!

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