When asked about the last play in Saturday’s loss to North Carolina in which replay officials ruled Michael Floyd fumbled with UNC recovering, here is what Charlie Weis had to say at his Sunday presser.
Here’s what I thought had happened. I thought they pulled him down with three or four seconds to go. We were then going to spike the ball. When we spiked the ball they had 12 guys on the field. So even if there was one second to go, it would have been a 12-men on the field penalty on them, and we would have gotten one more play.
Okay, in reality, what happened is they got buzzed. This is from what I understand. They got buzzed before we spiked the ball and ruled that the ball was out and they recovered the ball, and that was it.
You know, what good does it do for me — I mean, I sat there and watched the play 50 times this morning myself. In none of those 50 times did I have the answer to the test. I mean, was it out? Was his shoulder down? Was his shoulder down? To this time, I don’t know that.
The only problem I have with that is if I couldn’t tell after watching it 50 times and the ruling was that he’s down, then, you know, maybe there’s a TV copy or something that has a better look at it than what I watched.
But I’m not going to sit there and whine about it and take away from their win and our loss. I’m just saying from my perspective, I just find it tough to believe with as little evidence as I was able to see, that there’s enough evidence to overrule it.
But you could flip back a minute and a half earlier. You know, you go the other way, you can go a minute and a half earlier where they have that catch that is a non-catch and say was there evidence that the ball is out early or not? I don’t know that either, you know.
So there’s nothing I can do about it after the fact. It’s just rationally thinking, I have a tough time imagining how it could have gone the way it did.
The best point that Weis makes is that he couldn’t definitively see the ball come out before Floyd was down. When I first saw the play, I thought it was going to be one of those plays where however it was ruled on the field was what the call would end up being. As I’ve said before though, it’s a shame we were even in that position in the first place. In looking at the stats tonight, ND held a 10:26 to 4:34 time of possession advantage in the fourth quarter alone, but couldn’t translate that into any points.
Unfortunately, no one asked Weis about the 3rd and 18 conversion when it looked as though Hakeem Nicks fumbled the ball before he hit the ground with Robert Blanton recovering. I would have liked to hear Weis’s thoughts on the play as well as why he didn’t challenge the play. It might have been a different game if we had the ball at midfield up 8 points…
I know, I know, shouldda, couldda, wouldda. It’s going to be a long two weeks till the Washington game.