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Pass interference no-call mars end of Pac-12 championship game

On a day the Pac-12 conference needed a clean football championship game, they got to within 27 seconds of achieving that goal.

But, Washington’s 10 – 3 victory over Utah Friday night was partly upstaged by a pass interference non call as Utah was driving for the game-tying touchdown. Utah turned the ball over on downs, but Utah wanted pass interference on the fourth down incomplete pass.

Dean Blandino said slow-motion replay makes the contact look earlier than in real-time.

While we can understand why the officials made the no-call in real-time, they will see after the game that they should have thrown a flag.

The game ended a few moments later with Utah coach Kyle Whittington gesturing angrily at the officiating crew.

Earlier this year, Pac-12 officiating and instant replay came under fire after a report that showed Pac-12 executives, with no officiating training or experience, over-ruling instant replay decisions.

On Friday, the day of the Pac-12 championship game, The Oregonian came out with a comprehensive story  that exposed what former Pac-12 employees said is a toxic culture in Pac-12 leadership that helped contribute to the instant replay fiasco this fall. Current NFL official Tony Corrente used to supervise Pac-12 officials and he abruptly resigned in 2014, citing the Pac-12’s lack of support for officials. The article highlighted Corrente’s frustrations while at the Pac-12.

So the crowd was already in a mood when Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott presented Washington with the Pac-12 football championship trophy.

Washington will now go on to play in the Rose Bowl, most likely against the winner of the Northwestern – Ohio State Big 10 championship game.

And the Pac-12 enters the offseason with plenty of controversy swirling around its officiating.

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Mark Schultz
Mark Schultz is a high school football official, freelance writer and journalist. He first became interested in officiating when he was six years old, was watching a NFL game with his father and asked the fateful question, "Dad, what are those guys in the striped shirts doing?"

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  1. Looked like DPI in real time too…and that’s without actually being on the field staring right at the play.


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