Corn Elder took the ball on Miami’s eighth lateral back 75 yards to give Miami a stunning 30-27 victory over No. 22 Duke. The played ended what should have been Duke’s seventh victory of the season and fourth straight in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
But the officials missed two calls. The first being an illegal block int he back on Breon Borders at the Duke 25, and the other being when Alonzo Saxton clearly tackled the Hurricane’s Mark Walton at the 35 yard line, puling Burns’ knee to the ground while he had possession of the football.
Despite the replays, the ACC officiating crew found something that, in their minds, proved Walton was not down. However, almost instantly, numerous screen grabs from different angles appears on social media as fans proved a simple truth:
The ACC officiating crew clearly got it wrong.
"I'm going to just tell you like it is: I thought the guy was down. And I think pictures will prove me right, that he was down if you want to review it when he lateralled the ball," said Duke head coach David Cutcliffe.
Prior to the crazy ending, Duke had done just enough to win the game, after Thomas Sirk lead a late game drive that put Duke up 27-24 on a one yard touchdown run and successful two-point conversion with just six seconds remaining.
The junior finished the game 31-of-52 for 258 yards and a touchdown through the air, and added 51 yards and a score on the ground following the 10-play, 80-yard sequence that gave Duke its first lead of the evening.
Duke had rallied from a 14-0 deficit to start the game, but the end of the game is what will be remembered. And, the ACC handled it very poorly in all respects.
“[The officials] didn’t tell me anything, is the problem,” said Cutcliffe. “I’m standing with an official who is not a part of the review huddle. They have people that are assigned to stand with you. [Referee Jerry Magallanes] made the announcement that you all heard, and they ran off the field.”