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Collaros, Pike, and Cincy squeak by WVU… with a little replay help

With Tony Pike available, Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly still chose to go with backup quarterback Zach Collaros against West Virginia tonight. And while Collaros did the heavy lifting along with running back Isaiah Pead, Pike completed two passes, both for touchdowns, as Cincinnati slipped past West Virginia 24-21.

Still, a top team can’t seem to win these days without the help of a controversial replay review. This one happened on Pead’s two-yard touchdown run, where Pead tried to leap over the top of the pile and extend the ball across the goal line, but fumbled the ball just as the ball got to the plain. The play was ruled a fumble on the field, but once the officials looked at the play upstairs, the play was reversed and called a touchdown, tying the game at 14.

The replay was close — really close — but once again, replay officials fail to understand what the word indisputable means.

While the Bearcats got the win, the jury is still out on Brian Kelly’s primetime audition. Kelly, long rumored the other man in Notre Dame fans’ lustings for a new coach, did enough to win, but certainly didn’t wow anyone with the three-point victory. Still, for some Irish fans, Kelly simply needed to win and do nothing else to prove he was worthy to be Weis’ replacement.

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  1. thattomdude says: Nov 13, 2009 11:35 PM

    Get over it, dude. If Florio can admit that it was a legitimate touchdown, everyone should just accept that’s the way it was. The ball was securely in his hand as it crossed the plane of the goal line.

  2. thattomdude says: Nov 13, 2009 11:39 PM

    If you want to blame somebody for this loss, blame Bill Stewart. Running up the middle on 3rd and 9, then going for it on fourth down instead of kicking the field goal. WVU needs to hire a real coach and get rid of this nice guy.
    If WVU’s atheletic department wasn’t so stubborn, we would have kept Rodriguez and ended up with Pat White, Terrell Pryor, Noel Divine, and probably Steve Slaton… and a national championship. With Stewart, we’ll be lucky to ever win the Big East again.

  3. robertg says: Nov 14, 2009 2:39 AM

    sec commissioner mike slive has some company in the big east conference.
    apparently, those who run the big east conference also are under the impression that they can fool all of the people all of the time.
    how wrong they all are.
    there was nothing controversial about the replay call. it was intentionally dishonest and cincinnati would have gotten much more assistance if they had needed it.
    during the new york city point shaving scandals which killed off big time college basketball in new york, individual players accepted payoffs from sports bookies to fix the point spreads, but never to reverse the outcomes of games.
    thinking that they can get away with these con operations in the high tech internet age not only wreaks of hubris. it is just plain dumb.

  4. willmose says: Nov 14, 2009 7:32 AM

    @Keith You fail to understand the replay’s officals job. Their job is to keep the highest rate team in the game. It is good TV, it is what sells. It makes no difference what the replay actually shows. In this case, their keep-the-good-team-in-the-game happened to be right. Keith you don’t understand what indisputable means. Hint, it doesn’t mean not close. If the replay shows that ball broke the plain by a mm or 5 yards, then it is indisputable and a TD.

  5. rolltide says: Nov 14, 2009 8:48 AM

    It’s not like the bar is set high for ND. A Big East schedule would even seem hard by comparison. All the new coach really has to do is not lose to the freakin’ service academies, and the Sugar Bowl will keep finding a way to let a 7-5 Notre Dame team play.

  6. willmose says: Nov 14, 2009 10:42 AM

    @Keith You don’t understand what indisputable means. If the ball breaks the plane by 1 mm or 5 yards, it breaks the plane. Yes, instant replay in college football is a farce. Unlike you would never, never question the integrity of the replay officials. The replay officials are a honest as the day is long and never, never are influenced by anything over than what is on the screen. Keith, you seem to be doubting the replay officials integrity by saying they don’t know the rules!

  7. Sean Martin says: Nov 14, 2009 11:17 AM

    So a team that is supposed to be #25 in the nation should be blown out by the #5 team? I’m not sure I understand that completely.
    It was a top 25 win. It may have been by three point, but it was a ranked victory something the Bearcats have done twice as much as Florida this year.

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