According to Raleigh News & Observer's Al Myatt, ECU was once again bitten by the bungled calls of one Dan Blum, the same guy that cost the Pirates a win against Southern Mississippi in 1986. After that game an irate fan assaulted Blum.
In an interview with Myatt, Blum refused to comment on a call that resulted in a touchdown for USF in the game's final overtime, a 22 yard pass from Bull's quarterback Ronnie Banks to Elgin Hicks . The ball actually bounced off the turf into Hicks' hands. After some hesitation by the referee crew USF was awarded the score. The PAT gave USF a 38-31 lead. ECU subsequently scored on their next possession, but the Cameron Broadwell extra point attempt was tipped by a Bull's player, and the ball hit the left upright, thus resulting in the final margin of loss 37-38.