We are covering the Cotton Bowl Classic between Western Michigan and Wisconsin. Today’s crew is from the ACC.
- Alternate — George Geiss
- Replay — Steve McBride
Head linesman Kevin McGrath has two brothers in the officiating profession as well: Bobby, who is an NFL replay official; and John McGrath, a head linesman in the NFL who is retiring at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
1:19 | 1st qtr. Western Michigan punter James Coleman is hit by a rushing Wisconsin player. It appears that the defender hit the punter before he landed, squarely in the lower body, including the plant leg. The foul was for a 5-yard running into the kicker, but that much contact should have been a roughing.
8:54 | 2nd qtr. Western Michigan back Javarion Franklin got the ball punched out on his way to the ground. The replay official overturned the play after seeing Franklin’s elbow down before the ball came out.
7:02 | 2nd qtr. Instant replay over-rules a Western Michigan incomplete pass to complete as the runner got a foot down in bounds. The head linesman was very close to the play and actually was back pedaling out of the way. He had a bad angle to look at the feet.
0:54 | 2nd qtr. Wisconsin is called for a false start. Inside of one minute of either half, a clock-stopping foul that prevents the snap comes with a 10-second runoff. The fouling team can avoid the runoff by taking a timeout. The officials announced that Wisconsin was doing this, then went to a media timeout. Afterwards, the 10-second runoff was announced and the clock started on the referee’s signal.
0:54 | 2nd qtr. Wisconsin is called for a false start. Inside of one minute of either half, a clock-stopping foul that prevents the snap comes with a 10-second runoff. The fouling team can avoid the runoff by taking a timeout. After the officials announced that Wisconsin would take elect this and after the TV timeout, it turned out Wisconsin did not elect this after all, so the 10-second runoff was enforced and the clock was started on the ready-for-play signal.
A smooth first half penalty-wise with two reversals after instant replay’s review. Wisconsin leads 17-7 at the half.
7:02 | 2nd qtr. (video) Instant replay over-rules a Western Michigan incomplete pass to complete as the runner got a foot down in bounds. The head linesman was very close to the play and actually was back pedaling out of the way. He had a bad angle to look at the feet.
Quiet third quarter – the only penalty was a Wisconsin false start early on. The crew’s focus must remain locked-in as players begin to ratchet up in intensity for the 4th quarter of this prestigious game.
14:14 | 4th qtr. Western Michigan coach PJ Fleck enthusiastically agreed with an offensive pass interference call on Wisconsin on 4th down. The contact with the DB happened before the ball was thrown, but because offensive pass interference restrictions begin at the snap, it is illegal. The contact opened up the receiver to catch the ball, creating an advantage.
7:57 | 4th qtr. Western Michigan receiver Corey Davis slides in an attempt to catch a pass with his back to the line judge. The line judge signals forward progress, indicating a complete pass, but an official across the field comes over to signal incomplete. A cross-field view of this play was necessary due to Davis’ body position, even though the line judge was closer.
Smooth ending to a solid game by the ACC crew. Wisconsin takes home the win at the Cotton Bowl, 24-16. Stay tuned for the rest of our New Year’s Six coverage later today!