We are covering the 2016 Peach Bowl: the college football playoff semifinal between Washington and Alabama. Today’s crew is from the Big Ten.
Today’s crew from the Big Ten is headed by Dan Capron. We’ll have the rest of the officials shortly.
13:24 | 1st qtr.
Dan Capron is one of the few officials who do not use a Fox 40 whistle in the college ranks. He uses a plastic pea whistle. I can’t remember the last time I saw a metal whistle at the college level.
Tied at the end of one quarter. Not a whole lot going on for the officials so far, just a couple of false starts.
Side judge Frank Steratore is the cousin of NFL officials Gene and Tony Steratore. Frank is also a NCAA women’s basketball referee and has worked the Women’s Final Four. Frank also participated in the Officiating Development program this past NFL preseason.
3:50 | 2nd qtr.
Halftime at the Peach Bowl, Alabama leads 17-7. Fairly quiet game for the officials so far.
7:10 | 3rd qtr. The officiating crew is both working together well and staying on top of the “dead ball officiating.” After 3rd down, line judge Brian Bolinger left his spot to clean up some chippy dead ball action, but head linesman Mike Dolce had already mirrored and held the cross-field spot so that it wasn’t lost.
Good call for only enforcing the 5 yard running into the kicker. The punter had time to land on both his feet and the sliding player did not contact the punter with unnecessary forcible contact.
A couple scrimmage kick enforcements on punts by either team. Running into the kicker can only be enforced at the previous spot (enforcement is specified in the description of the foul).
End of three, Alabama still leads by 10. A little more for the officials to do so far in the second half, but this crew from the Big Ten has been on top of just about everything.
1:24 | 4th qtr.
0:24 | 4th qtr.
That will do it for the Peach Bowl, Alabama wins 24-7 and moves on to the title game. A strong showing from the crew headed by Dan Capron.