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K-State gets beat by ‘Cuse, hosed by zebras at Yankee Stadium

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First, let’s make this clear right off the top.  All congratulations to Syracuse for a much-deserved win over Kansas State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, and congratulations to head coach Doug Marrone for having what was once a moribund football program headed in the right direction.

That team and that coach deserves a ton of credit for what they’ve accomplished in 2010.

That said, the officials blew it.  Absolutely, utterly blew it.  For the first 59 minutes, Syracuse-Kansas State was turning into arguably the best bowl game of the year. Then, the officials tripped over their own junk and/or egos and/or rule books.

With just over a minute to play in the fourth quarter, KSU quarterback Carson Coffman connected with Adrian Hillborn on a 30-yard touchdown pass that brought the Wildcats to within a successful two-point conversion of tying the game 38-all… but, wait.  In the immediate aftermath of the touchdown, Hillborn gave a military-style salute to the crowd.  That was it, just a simple salute that wasn’t of the single-digit variety.  And he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The penalty pushed the two-point conversion that could’ve sent the game into overtime back 15 yards, leaving the Wildcats with little chance of converting.  Of course, they didn’t, and Syracuse drained the remaining 1:13 off the clock to come away with a 38-36 win.

Again, all credit to the Syracuse players and coaching staff; this blatant display of ignorance on the part of the officiating crew did not cost Kansas State the game.  It sure helped decide it, though, and that should never, ever happen, especially on such a nitpick call at the end of what was a great college football game.

Hillborn was flagged for supposedly bringing attention to himself.  Oddly enough, that’s exactly what the zebras did with their lack of discretion and understanding of the situation.

So, congrats Trigger-Happy Officiating Guy.  And, as a reward for your professionalism, I’m saluting you as well; guess how many fingers I’m holding up…

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24 Responses to “K-State gets beat by ‘Cuse, hosed by zebras at Yankee Stadium”
  1. zibby42 says: Dec 30, 2010 7:10 PM

    That was the ONLY call SU got the WHOLE game!

    Let’s just ignore the BS personal foul on Thomas, the BS PI on Shamarko, the non-PI call on Sales’ fourth down crossing route and Nassib getting hit while he was already down TWICE.

    SU was way overdue for a call to go their way.

  2. chachooga says: Dec 30, 2010 7:11 PM

    Bad call…still not 100% on the conversion attempt…pretty sure they got hosed by the Cuse not the zebras though……how bout that big east?!?!? hahahaah

    and where is Ben K. with the Big 12 is a joke post?!?! I mean come on…..i guess OSU did beat Arizona….1-3…..

    Can’t wait to watch the leaders vs. legends later on…..

  3. edgy says: Dec 30, 2010 7:20 PM

    I didn’t care who won but I thought that the official should have let it go.

  4. 8man says: Dec 30, 2010 7:21 PM

    Then we can look away from the DB’s continued pummeling of Hilburn as he literally waded through the end zone. How any Orange fan can defend this is beyond me. But I know some of you will.

    This was a travesty. New York team in a New York bowl and the only interpretation you can make is that the fix was in.

    I’ve watched college football for 34 years and I can’t remember a moment that rivals this one. Absolutely absurd. Sickening.

    That far from the best bowl game of the year possibly going into overtime and the zebras rob us of letting the players settling it on the field.

    As far as the official goes, I hope that he is judged appropriately and hears loudly about his decision. I’m sure his name will be public knowledge and he will be found…..

  5. edgy says: Dec 30, 2010 7:26 PM

    You do realize that it was Big East #4 vs Big 12 #7. I wouldn’t be crowing about a close victory over a team that far down in its conference’s pecking order.

  6. 8man says: Dec 30, 2010 7:39 PM

    I’m a Wolverine and Gamecock fan. No skin in the game.

    In my basement, watching a great game between two teams at a cold weather site that looks like it may go into OT. Wow! What a game….

    Not so much….

    That call was absolutely re-freaking-dick-u-lous!

  7. zibby42 says: Dec 30, 2010 7:41 PM

    1. Who’s crowing?
    2. BE bowls aren’t awarded based upon where a team finishes; the bowl organizers pick who they want. SU probably would have gone to the Pinstripe Bowl if they finished second…or sixth.

  8. chachooga says: Dec 30, 2010 7:42 PM

    Mizzou to Iowa (half squad)….Baylor got shalacked…..I am more giving crap to the garbage post by Ben K. about the ACC where he used a picture from 3 years ago of BC vs. Vtech in Jville to say no one goes to games or something idiotic……

    even still Big 12ish is 1-3…..and Texas isn’t even in a bowl….but sure the ACC is horrid or something?!?!

    Go Tarheels!

  9. sportsdrenched says: Dec 30, 2010 7:50 PM

    I’m a KSU Fan and I thought the horrid defense against a horrid offense lost KSU the game.

    It was a terrible call. Glad KSU made it to any bowl this year. But it was the Pinstripe Bowl! They got 35 days of practice, and hopefull Cosh will be sacked on the way home, but I doubt it.

  10. edgy says: Dec 30, 2010 8:05 PM

    Before this season was even played, the game was BE #4 vs Big 12 #7. Syracuse finished — wait for it – 4th and gasp — Kansas State was #7.

    Who was crowing? Look this quote and find out “how bout that big east?!?!? hahahaah” It’s both a dig and a crow.

  11. zibby42 says: Dec 30, 2010 8:07 PM

    Edgy – You don’t know what the Hell you’re talking about. The only way SU wasn’t playing in the Pinstripe Bowl is if they won the BE.

  12. burntorangehorn says: Dec 30, 2010 8:27 PM

    zibby–not true. If the Big East teams with the 2nd or 3rd selections would have preferred Syracuse to the teams they ultimately selected, they could have chosen them. That’s how it works: the bowl with the #4 tie-in gets fourth choice, not the fourth-place team. So if #2 or #3 had wanted Syracuse, presto.

  13. buckeye044 says: Dec 30, 2010 8:28 PM

    I am so glad that wasn’t my team. Awful way to lose a game

  14. burntorangehorn says: Dec 30, 2010 8:29 PM

    Also, I do think the Pinstripe Bowl might have thought it an interesting gimmick to give Syracuse another crack at the team they faced the last time they were in a BCS bowl. As I recall, McNabb’s Orangemen lost to Bill Snyder’s Michael Bishop-led Wildcats back in the mid-1990s.

  15. pandebailey says: Dec 30, 2010 8:29 PM

    Worst flag ever – the real problem is that once some Barney Fife official throws a flag…..that’s it, the rest of the Zebra herd backs him up and its done. Over.

    There needs to be a tidal change in college FB that allows the Referee to say….. “Okay, Backjudge Barney was apparently bored, he threw a 15 yard flag for a 1-second salute that would have decided the entire GAME, but that isn’t going to stand. After a very brief discussion, his flag has been picked up. Instead, we thought the teams on the field should decide the game!”

    Until we get to having the Zebras huddle and discuss bad calls, we’ll continue to use part-time jerky officials who don’t know what they are doing 50% of the time, and college football just won’t be able move ahead.

  16. edgy says: Dec 30, 2010 8:41 PM

    Ok, genius, tell me how they get around this, huh?

    Big East Conference

    The Big East Conference has seven bowl tie ins, up to six of which choose a Big East school in any given year.[3]


    * #1 Bowl Championship Series. The Big East Champion receives an automatic bid to one of the BCS Bowls with an At Large bid. 2010-Fiesta, 2011-Orange, 2012-Sugar, 2013-Fiesta
    * #2 The Champs Sports Bowl receives the second pick of the Big East teams, after the BCS participant is determined.
    * #3 The Meineke Car Care Bowl receives the third selection of the Big East teams.
    * #4 The New Era Pinstripe Bowl receives the fourth selection of the Big East teams.
    * #5 BBVA Compass Bowl / AutoZone Liberty Bowl . The #5 selection from the Big East will face either the #8 or 9 team (shared pick) from the SEC in the BBVA Compass Bowl or the C-USA champion in the Liberty Bowl.
    * #6 The Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl receives the sixth Big East selection.

  17. edgy says: Dec 30, 2010 8:47 PM

    BTW, Syracuse also wouldn’t have gotten the bid if they hadn’t been bowl eligible…..

  18. zibby42 says: Dec 30, 2010 8:54 PM

    THAT’S WHAT I SAID! The bowl organizers decide. It’s NOT based upon where the team finishes in the standings.

    Once SU was out of the running for the BE championship, they were going to the Pinstripe Bowl. Period. They would have gone whether they finished second or sixth.

  19. ukeone says: Dec 30, 2010 9:23 PM

    Oh come on…..another BIG 12 team bellyaching about the big bad call(s) of the presiding officiating crew….oh, boo-hoo-hoo!

    I’ll give you a scenario as to why it happened….let’s see how far it goes:

    —All season, the Huskers bellyached about the terrible calls made against them by none other than our own Big 12 officiating crew.

    —All this because Nebraska is going to the Big 10….a major conspiracy brewing, right?

    —The crew at “this game” were Big 10 officials!

    —Conspiracy theory: the Big 10 was getting back at the Big 12 for their unfair treatment of their Huskers.

    Quite possibly, this is giving ol’ Commissioner Beebe a real stomach ache. How dare they do this…!

    Congratulations Syracuse…you won fair & square!!! And a hankee to you, KSU!

  20. edgy says: Dec 30, 2010 9:33 PM

    Baloney. They would have had to give up the $2.25 million to go to — MIAMI — in order to play in the cold. Just how STUPID do you think that these people are. #2 CHOICE after the BCS is the Champ Sports Bowl – NO IFS, AND ORS or BUTS. PERIOD. EXCLAMATION POINT. COMMA. QUOTATION MARK. TILDE. The Pinstripe bowl has the 4th — count ’em — 4th choice, after the BCS. They don’t get to jump over Champ Sports or Meineke. They can beg and those other two can relent BUT if they don’t, they’re stuck with the #4 team, be it Syracuse or South Florida. The only way that they get Syracuse is if they finish 4th or LOWER.

  21. chachooga says: Dec 30, 2010 11:36 PM

    sorry Pandebaily…..worst flag ever happened in the 2001 National Championship Game OSU vs. UM.

  22. joephan says: Dec 31, 2010 12:46 AM

    Great bowl game! Both teams played their hearts out and did their schools proud. Regarding the controversy: when was the last time you saw you a college player score a touchdown and give a military salute to the opposing team’s fans in the stands? We’re not talking service academy stuff here. It was a pretty weird thing to do and I’m sure the Syracuse fans didn’t take it as a complement. It was a great game though and both teams should stand tall.

  23. gorilladunk says: Dec 31, 2010 9:47 AM

    Getting lost in the hullabaloo over the flag (which was ridiculous) was the STUPID decision by B. Snyder to trya fakle field goal in the fourth. Kick the damn field goal and guess what the final score is?? Forget the flag, lay this at the feet of Grandpa Bill. What a dumbass decision!

  24. fieldhunter says: Dec 31, 2010 10:03 AM

    Terrible flag. You watched the game…Players are jumping and bumping chests after a play…one defensive Syracuse player after a good play got so to celebratory highsteppin’ that he hurt himself and had to be administered to on the field by coaches and staff. There were no “excessive celebration” flags. In Hilburn’s saluting case, this referee seemed to be simply lying in wait… either a case of referee incompetence or soiled integrity.

    This was capital punishment for stealing an apple in the Big Apple. These games are supposed to be decided on the field and this one was not. I’ll bet you part of my kingdom that this referee has some issues that the woefully inept NCAA ought to discover. This guy needs to go back to junior high school games. I like Daniel Thomas, but kneeling in the end zone apparently giving thanks also brings attention to oneself, does it not? The lack of an enforceable standard is as much an issue as an awful call, complete with flag and verbal pronouncement “You’re in a heap of trouble boy” or words to that effect. NCAA get your s— together!

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