Coordinator of Pac-10 football officiating Dave Cutaia says it was the right move to review the play that took a go-ahead touchdown away from Washington State
Officials acted correctly Saturday in reviewing Washington State’s go-ahead “touchdown” against UCLA in a game-changing sequence of events, coordinator of Pac-10 football officiating Dave Cutaia said Sunday.
Early in the fourth quarter, on a scramble by WSU quarterback Jeff Tuel, officials signaled a touchdown, putting the Cougars ahead of the Bruins, 34-28. Kicker Andrew Furney missed the extra point and the telecast broke for a commercial.
Cutaia said the replay official in the booth “started buzzing the officials just before the ball being snapped, and there’s usually a one- or two-second delay from when the (buzzer) is pushed and the officials get it.”
Cutaia said the referee has a pager that vibrates when he receives the call that a replay should be enacted.
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“The rule book says it (a call for a replay) has to occur before the ball is snapped, but there’s always a lag time we allow for to a certain extent,” Cutaia said. “If the thing goes off as the ball is being snapped, we’re going to allow for that.”
The score was taken off the board when replays showed Tuel to have been down at the 2-foot line. After a pass and a run, WSU failed to score and UCLA drove for the eventual winning touchdown.
Cutaia couldn’t pinpoint exactly when the referee’s pager went off, but said, “I can just tell you it was right around the time the ball was being snapped. I’m going to err on the side of shutting the play down if I can.”