By John P. Lopez
Here we go again. From Sharapova’sThigh.com:
As you likely know by now, the Auburn Tigers defeated the Oregon Ducks Monday night by the score of 22-19 to become the national champions of NCAA Football.
But, they became national champions thanks in large part to a ruling that Auburn running back Michael Dyer was not down at Auburn’s 45(ish) yard line with approximately two minutes and counting to go in a tied game.
Dyer used his hand to regain his balance as he was being tackled, and stood up after everybody else on the field(except for the refs apparently) thought he was down. He then ran to the Oregon 24-yard line for a 37-yard gain. That put Auburn in field goal range, which allowed them to run down the clock, and kick a field goal to win the game as time expired.
As I saw the replay over and over on television, it appeared to me that the refs made the right call in not calling Dyer down(granted, I was slamming beers at the bar, so what I saw was probably a tad blurred at the time).
The refs ruled that only his hand hit the ground, which would mean he’s not down. But if the wrist hits the ground, the player should be ruled down at that spot.
Although I wouldn’t say it’s totally conclusive(and that will leave the NCAA with a fair excuse), it sure looks like Dyer’s wrist may have been down: