deerayfan072 wrote:Did anyone watch this or the highlights? How was that not a fair catch? You know had that guy leveled the PR he would have gotten a penalty.
I was watching the game live. The first thing that came to mind was why is that not reviewable but the illegal forward pass in the USF/Rutgers game is? The announcers mentioned that that rule would probably be amended in the offseason, and I agree.
The thing that really annoyed me about it was that one of the announcers (a guy who said so many stupid things all night long I have no idea how he got the job) kept saying stuff like "that's why you have to keep playing and tackle the guy". He must've said it 50 times before the other announcer finally got fed up and said what I'm sure everyone was thinking, that if he had hit him and it had been called a fair catch like it should have (and like it is 99.99999 percent of the time) it would've been a 15 yard flag and that same bonehead would be ranting about how stupid the guy is for hitting the guy after the play.
This is why I hate penalties against guys who make it look like they're still playing. If you call for a fair catch and then run and someone lays you out, it shouldn't be a flag even if the whistle has blown. If someone scoops up an incomplete forward pass and starts running with it in case it's called a lateral, you shouldn't be penalized for tackling him. I remember a similar thing happening in the Florida/Auburn game in 2006. Cox handed the ball off and booted out pretending he had the ball like it was a bootleg. Jarvis Moss fell for it and thought he was running the bootleg and tackled him and got a 15 yard penalty. If you don't want to get hit, don't pretend you have the ball.
Same thing with guys barely going out of bounds. You can't touch them because it's a penalty, but then that day comes where the guy pretends to be slowing up towards the sidelines and cuts it back in while the defender stands helplessly.