Pac 12 changes ruling on the field gives USC a touchdown
Several hours after the game was over, in what a USC official called a "collaborative effort between the Pac 12 and USC" (what???), the Pac 12 announced that officials on the field got the call wrong.
The situation involved Utah's attempt to tie the game with a field goal at the end of their game with USC. USC blocked the field goal attempt, scooped it up and raced for a touchdown on the final play of the game. The USC sideline poured onto the field and officials dropped yellow multiple times. On the field, the officials disallowed the touchdown and ruled the game over (USC 17 - Utah 14).
Late last night, the Pac 12 put this statement on their website:
The blocked field goal and return for touchdown at the end of today's Pac-12 football game between USC and Utah was ruled a touchdown by game officials, making the final score 23-14, not 17-14 as originally reported.
Statement from Pac-12 Officiating Consultant Mike Pereira: "The new Unsportsmanlike Conduct rule is Rule 9, Section 2, Article 1. It states that Unsportsmanlike Conduct fouls by players are administered as either live ball or dead ball fouls depending on when they occur. The rule does not apply to substitutes. All Unsportsmanlike Conduct fouls by substitutes are enforced as dead ball fouls. Since the game was over, the penalty could not be enforced and the referee stated it was declined by rule. The officials did rule it a touchdown making the final score 23-14."
New final score, USC 23 - Utah 14.
Quick note > Want to see acceleration and top end speed...watch #4 scoop and score.
Auburn: All they do is win
In case you missed this one yesterday, Auburn just continues to find ways to win games.
Highlights are available in video below compliments of the worldwide leader.
In short, after a gritty come back effort, Mississippi State, down 7, was on the 1 1/2 yard line facing 2nd and goal with 10 seconds on the clock and no timeouts. Dan Mullen said, "Chris made the call on the last play of the game. We gave him two choices (pass or run). I put it in his hands and he made the right call. I like that. I like that confidence. Chris said, 'I feel great about this run call.' It looked like he had it and the kid made a heck of an open-field tackle."
Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said, "We'd prefer to win football games a lot different than we are, but there's something to be said when you can fight down to the end when it doesn't look good and still win the game."
This is what football is all about
Throughout the day, we'll be filling the home page with videos and quotes from the coaches from all of the amazing finishes in college football yesterday.
What a day. Michigan's win over Notre Dame...USC's win over Utah...Auburn holding on to beat Mississippi State...South Carolina over Georgia...Toledo coming, O so close against Ohio State...Texas squeaking by BYU...Iowa State besting Iowa in triple OT...North Carolina over Rutgers....Wake Forest beating NC State...Vandy coming back to beat UConn....Virginia winning at the end over Indiana....Cal over Colorado....Washington hanging on against Hawaii...........
And really, we could just go on and on...
College football, the best game in America.
Videos and quotes to come throughout the day...check back frequently!
Jerry Kill update
At the end of yesterday's game against New Mexico State, Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill dropped to the ground and experienced a seizure.
Last night the University announced that he was in stable condition at a local hospital and expected to make a full recovery.
Kill has had seizures before, and in 2005 was diagnosed with kidney cancer. In 2005 Kill had a seizure towards the end of a game versus Illinois State. Kill credits that seizure with the ultimate diagnosis of his cancer, which is now in remission. Kill's words at the time, "I was unfortunate that I did go down in a game. It was a situation where it was a seizure, but you know what, I don't really remember it. I didn't remember much at the time. But that's how I was diagnosed with cancer. I was able to get into remission. The good Lord works in mysterious ways. I'm fortunate and blessed. He must feel like I have some work to do. That's a good thing."
Coach Kill speaks openly about his health and has previously discussed it with his administration, the coaching staff and his players. Senior safety Kim Royston had this to say last night, "Coach Kill made us aware that he does have this condition and that it's possible that it could happen," Royston said. "But the doctor told the team that he was stable. It really shows his fieriness and his will to compete. He's a fiery guy. We've got to represent him now."
We're all hopeful Kill is able to bounce back from this one quickly and that all is well with his health.
Sunday morning update> This morning, the University has provided further update that Coach Kill is resting and recovering comfortably at the hospital and is expected to recover fully.
Literally don't know how anything the NFL could offer today could come close to the finishes we saw yesterday in college football; but we'll be watching nonetheless.
All times Eastern.
1PM and 4:15 regional broadcasts.
Cowboys at the Jets - 8:20PM - NBC
No live games; both ESPNU (9:30) and BTN (8pm) re-airing last night Notre Dame at Michigan game.
Michigan's win over Notre Dame...Instant Classic
Honestly, we're not sure we've ever seen this before.
Within 15 minutes of the end of the game, ESPN has announced that they will replay the game in it's entirety at 3:30AM on ESPN and at 9:30PM on ESPNU.
Literally, the final was so good that ESPN is re-airing it in 4 1/2 hours on the network.
For those of you that just can't wait, here's a link to the game on ESPN3.
Spoiler alert> For those that haven't seen it...3 TDs in the final minute twenty. Michigan wins it on the last play 35-31.
Mario Cristobal gets a huge win
In case you didn't get a chance to see it live, Coach Cristobal's excitement after they beat Louisville last night was fantastic. We're trying to get some video and will update this post if we get our hands on it.
This was the first win over an opponent from a BCS conference in the history of the program and Cristobal let it show on the field. He was jumping on the backs of other coaches, high fiving everyone, just truly enjoying the moment (Cristobal was high fiving some fans so hard we are positive some are still feeling that this morning).
One local reporter noticed that he went out of his way to high five the parents of T.Y. Hilton (WR who had 201 yards receiving and 2 long touchdowns...keep an eye on this guy).
Post game, Cristobal had the following to say:
It's huge. It's huge for us. Since the day you get there you preach about building a championship program and people look at you like a three-eyed monster. We've just been pecking away; every coach, every player, every administrator, everyone in the program. We got to this point where we win a conference championship, win our first game. Now we're 2-0 against a conference opponent and now a BCS program in their own backyard. Louisville is a team that recruits against us and I hope the eyes are open real wide after what went on here tonight.
Pflugrad getting it done
We're pretty sure most guys that read this site either know or are aware of Montana head coach Robin Pflugrad. Coach Pflu has been coaching out west for nearly 30 years and has been the head coach at Montana for the past two seasons (prior stops include Oregon, WSU, Northern Arizona, Arizona State and Portland State). He's got a battle on his hands today with Cal Poly; but we're pretty sure he found a few minutes to watch last night's Arizona State vs. Missouri game.
But what everyone might not have known was that both his son and daughter have made it big in college football as well.
Pflugrad's son Aaron plays wide receiver for ASU and he went big last night on national TV pulling in eight catches for 180 yards and 2 TDs (his second straight game with 2 TDs).
Pflugrad's daughter Amanda was a cheerleader for Oregon.
The Pflugrad's are doing well. Now go get a win today Coach.
Jump forward to the 0:30 second mark and you can watch both of Pflugrad's TDs.