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2016 Peach Bowl liveblog

 

We are covering the 2016 Peach Bowl: the college football playoff semifinal between Washington and Alabama. Today’s crew is from the Big Ten.

Patrick Weber Patrick Weber December 31, 20163:12 pm

Today’s crew from the Big Ten is headed by Dan Capron. We’ll have the rest of the officials shortly.

Patrick Weber Patrick Weber December 31, 20163:17 pm

13:24 | 1st qtr.


First penalty of the game is a false start on Alabama.
Mark Schultz Mark Schultz December 31, 20163:28 pm

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.

Patrick Weber Patrick Weber December 31, 20163:32 pm
8:01 | 1st qtr. Washington TD — Dante Pettis 16 yd. pass from Jake Browning (Van Winkle kick). WAS 7-0
Patrick Weber Patrick Weber December 31, 20163:38 pm
R Dan Capron
U Ed Feaster
C Brent Durbin
H Mike Dolce
L Brian Bolinger
S Frank Steratore
F John Roggeman
B Matt Edwards
Patrick Weber Patrick Weber December 31, 20163:41 pm
5:01 | 1st qtr. Alabama TD — Bo Scarbrough 18 yd. run (Adam Griffith kick). Tied 7-7
Patrick Weber Patrick Weber December 31, 20163:54 pm

Tied at the end of one quarter. Not a whole lot going on for the officials so far, just a couple of false starts.

Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist December 31, 20164:01 pm
14:55 | 2nd qtr. Alabama FG — Adam Griffith 41 yd. ALA 10-7
Mark Schultz Mark Schultz December 31, 20164:12 pm

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.

Patrick Weber Patrick Weber December 31, 20164:28 pm

3:50 | 2nd qtr.


Good call for intentional grounding, the QB was clearly in the pocket and threw it away.
Patrick Weber Patrick Weber December 31, 20164:44 pm
1:13 | 2nd qtr. Alabama TD — Jake Browning 26 yd. interception return (Adam Grifith Kick). ALA 17-7
Patrick Weber Patrick Weber December 31, 20164:45 pm

Halftime at the Peach Bowl, Alabama leads 17-7. Fairly quiet game for the officials so far.

Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist December 31, 20165:33 pm

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.

Patrick Weber Patrick Weber December 31, 20165:34 pm

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.

Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist December 31, 20165:43 pm

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).

The hold on the next punt on Alabama technically was before the kick, but fouls by the offense on a kick “play” (as long as the ball crosses the neutral zone) are all enforced the same, regardless of timing. The receiving team gets the option to replay the down or tack it on at the end of the play.
Patrick Weber Patrick Weber December 31, 20165:46 pm

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.

Patrick Weber Patrick Weber December 31, 20165:57 pm
11:56 | 4th qtr. Alabama TD — Bo Scarbrough 68 yd. run (Adam Grifith Kick). ALA 24-7
Patrick Weber Patrick Weber December 31, 20166:29 pm

1:24 | 4th qtr.


Even though the game may be just about over on the scoreboard, it is extremely important for the officials to stay focused for actions after the play. Good job by the officials to sort things out before they got out of hand. It is also important to note that in college football, 2 unsportsmanlike conduct fouls of any type lead to automatic disqualification.
Patrick Weber Patrick Weber December 31, 20166:33 pm

0:24 | 4th qtr.


2 unsportsmanlike fouls on Alabama on the interception return, and both are enforced because dead ball fouls stack in college football.
Patrick Weber Patrick Weber December 31, 20166:36 pm

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.

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