As you may have seen and/or heard, Notre Dame’s thrilling overtime win over Stanford was not without controversy.
Following an Irish touchdown on its first possession of overtime that put the home-standing Domers up 20-13, Stanford proceeded to drive down inside the one-yard line and was facing a fourth-and-goal when Stepfan Taylor (no relation) was stuffed to preserve the Irish win. Or, depending on your fan colors, crossed the goal line, robbing the Cardinal of what would’ve been, pending a successful extra point, a score that sent the game into a second overtime.
In the NBC broadcast booth, color analyst Mike Mayock indicated that he had thought the ball had broken the plane of the goal line prior to either Taylor’s forward progress being stopped or his knee hitting the ground.
On Twitter, former NFL head of officiating and current FOX analyst Mike Pereira wrote that “[w]e have looked at ND/STA last play from every angle & feel that it is a TD. Progress was not ruled & runner was not down. Ball broke [plane].”
However, upon further review — by Pac-12 officials, incidentally — the ruling on the field was upheld, giving the Irish their sixth straight win to start the season and preserving their BcS hopes. The thing is, was it actually a stop by the Irish defense? See the clip below, starting at around the 1:20 mark:
So, after viewing the highlight yet again, did the officials make the right call? Or, did the Cardinal get jobbed by officials from its own conference? Sound off like you got a pair below, and then head to the comments section to whine and/or bitch and/or moan.
Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).