Ref Explains End-Of-Game Calls

The Colorado-Iowa State game ended in confusion because of two rulings by the referees. The end result was a 31-28 Iowa State win, despite the fact CU placekicker Kevin Eberhart kicked back-to-back field goals as time expired. Both kicks were nullified by the referees, one because of a penalty, the other because time had supposedly run out. Inside, a referee from the game explains.

Colorado led 21-0 at the half. But Iowa State scored three touchdowns in the third quarter, then eventually took a 31-21 lead.

Colorado came back, thanks to clutch play by receivers Dusty Sprague, Josh Smith and Scotty McKnight. Colorado was in a position to tie the game with a field goal as time ran out, but the officials threw a flag on Kevin Eberhart's field goal attempt (which went through the uprights). The call was "delay of game" for snapping the ball before the officials blew their whistles.

One second was put back on the clock, CU lined up and Eberhart kicked another field goal. But the refs ruled time had expired before the snap.

The following conversation took place following the game per Big 12 rules between a pool reporter and referee Clete Blakeman.

Q. The question's about right before the two kicks. The first kick was a delay of game call? Right?
Referee Clete Blakeman
: "Technically it is called delay of game, but the foul is for the offense snapping the ball prior to the referee's ready for placing."

Q. So it wasn't the 25 seconds?
Blakeman
: "Correct"

Q. And then (you) walked 5 yards off for delay of game ?
Blakeman
:"Correct"

Q. And then the second kick; the call was what?
Blakeman
: "First of all, we determined the clock status to have one second on the clock, and once the penalty was marked off, ready for play is going to signal, and then I'm going to start the clock. So that was done, the whistle was blown, I started the clock, and Colorado did not get the snap off prior to the clock expiring. Because they only had one second."


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