For those who missed the Thursday night football game between North Carolina State and Clemson, there was a pretty controversial play that went against the home team and may have set off a sequence of events that changed the outcome of the football game. Nearly 24 hours later, the ACC is still uncertain if the play was called correctly or not.
The play in question came in the third quarter when North Carolina State running back Bryan Underwood swept to the right side of the field and appeared to run the entire length of the football field for a touchdown, which would have given the home team the lead Instead of an 83-yard touchdown run, Underwood was ruled out-of-bounds after a 36-yard gain. The play was not challenged by North Carolina State, nor was it overturned by an official video review. This is an overhead shot of the controversial call, at the point where it is believed to have raised a question.
“In last night’s Clemson at NC State game, the official ruled the runner stepped out-of-bounds and whistled the ball dead,” ACC coordinator of officials Doug Rhoads said in a statement, according to ESPN.com. “In conformance with NCAA guidelines, the replay official properly recognized the play as one that was not eligible for review.”
The play not being one eligible for a review would have prevented North Carolina State from challenging the play anyway. A couple plays later North Carolina State fumbled away the football to Clemson’s defense, and the Tigers soon cashed in with a demoralizing touchdown to pad their lead in what turned out to be a 14-point swing.
“Our office has viewed all available angles, each numerous times, in slow motion and freeze frame,” Rhodes explained in his statement. “It is not clear, in reviewing all angles, whether the runner stepped out-of-bounds or avoided any contact with the sideline. We recognize that within the number of images and angles viewed, some look like he did not step out-of-bounds while one looks like he did step out-of-bounds. In the end, this cannot be resolved beyond all doubt.”
Here is the video originally shared here on Thursday. You make the call.
Former West Virginia wide receiver Reggie Roberson seems to have found his new place to call home. Roberson announced his commitment to SMU with a doctored image on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.
By rule, Roberson will have to sit out the 2018 college football season since he is transferring to another FBS program. He’ll be eligible to play again for SMU beginning in 2019, but he will do so with three years of eligibility remaining.
Roberson was a three-star prospect in West Virginia’s Class of 2017 and he played in 10 games as a true freshman for the Mountaineers last fall. In those 10 games, Roberson caught six passes for 30 yards. Roberson is a native of Texas, so moving to SMU will bring him a little closer to home than Morgantown, West Virginia can offer.
Syracuse recruiting director Asil Mulbah is heading to the NFL. With an announcement on Instagram, Mulbah announced he is joining the scouting department with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.
“Excited to announce that I have accepted a position in the Buffalo Bills Scouting Department,” Mulbah said in his statement. “I’d like to thank Coach Babers, the SU football staff, and the players for an amazing two seasons filled with memories I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
Mulbah has previous NFL scouting experience with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has been a part of the Syracuse program since 2016. Prior to his arrival at Syracuse under head coach Dino Babers, Mulbah made stops at Wake Forest and Bowling Green.
Nebraska has a handful of centers vying for the starting job in the middle of the offensive line this season. However, one of those options will not be Michael Decker. On Saturday morning, via Twitter, Decker announced he is retiring from playing football. Decker was a starting center for the Huskers last season.
“Over the past [six] months, I have taken a step back and looked at my future career goals and decided that I can no longer [accomodate] football’s commitments,” Decker said in his statement. “It is finally time to see that these aspirations outweighed the lacking desire to continue playing the game. Which, given the team’s goals, would only hurt them by my participation.”
Decker started five games for Nebraska at the center position in 2017 as a sophomore. A knee injury in October brought his season to a premature end. That injury also sidelined Decker for Nebraska spring football this season, leaving his future with the program and the game in doubt.
Nebraska is now moving forward with 14 offensive linemen on scholarship. Hunter Miller seemed to get the most opportunities in the spring to work with the first-team offense, but Nebraska also expects to have Cole Conrad back for the fall. Conrad started seven games for Nebraska last fall.
Masato Uchida, the head coach of Nihon University’s national championship football team in Japan, has resigned as head coach of the program in response to a devastating hit delivered by one of his players on an opposing quarterback in a recent game against rival Kwansei Gakuin.
A Nihon defender well behind a pass play sped toward a quarterback well after an attempted pass. With the quarterback leisurely jogging toward the sideline, the Nihon defender tackled the unsuspecting quarterback from behind at the legs. You can watch the video of the hit, which went viral in Japan, on YouTube. The quarterback was forced to leave the game and it has been reported recovery from ligament damage in his spine could take three weeks. Fortunately, no nerve damage was discovered.
“The responsibility for this series of problems lies directly with me. I will resign as head coach,” Uchida said on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. “I am quitting for the sake of the young players. We must create a new Nichidai. After the incident, I did not warn my players and that is my responsibility. It was my poor judgment.”
Officials from Kwansei Gakuin accused Nihon of intentionally trying to hurt the quarterback, but Uchida initially refuted such allegations. In light of the controversial hit, three games for Nihon have been canceled due to upcoming opponents opting not to play against them. The Kantoh Collegiate Football Association announced additional cancellations as well.