The national coordinator of NCAA football officials said the decision to uphold the ruling on the field for the last play of Saturday's Stanford-Notre Dame game was correct.
The national coordinator of NCAA football officials said the decision to uphold the ruling on the field for the last play of Saturday’s Stanford-Notre Dame game was correct.
Field officials from the Pac-12 ruled Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor’s progress had been stopped before he reached the ball across the goal line for what would have been a potential tying touchdown on fourth-and-goal in overtime.
Replay officials reviewed the play and the call was confirmed, giving host Notre Dame a 20-13 victory.
Stanford coach David Shaw said Monday he believes Taylor scored.
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Rogers Redding, national coordinator of officials, said Tuesday there was nothing unusual about the way officials on the field or in the replay booth handled the decisive play.
He also said, from the replay he saw, he “would have to let that call stand.”
Redding said, “Most of the comments I heard were, ‘It looked like to me that’ or ‘It sure looked like this.’ The replay official has to say, ‘There is no doubt in my mind.’ “
Notre Dame players and coach Brian Kelly contended Taylor’s last reach came after the play was blown dead. A couple of Notre Dame players could be seen on replays starting to celebrate shortly before Taylor put the ball across the goal line.
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