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September 6, 2008 10:53 PM

Some other views of the controversial call

Posted by Bob Condotta

On what was kind of a slow day in college football, the penalty called against Jake Locker is emerging as maybe the most-discussed occurrence of the weekend.

Here's a look at some of the reaction:

--- ESPN's Ted Miller says it was a terrible call that "may irrevocably doom'' Tyrone Willingham at UW. There will be plenty of time to debate that later, but the math is obvious --- UW needs to win six of its last 10 games just to get to 6-6 and has Oklahoma, USC, Arizona State and Cal all remaining on the schedule, among others.

--- A blogger calls the official "overzealous'' and points out the BCS implications of the penalty.

--- Matthew Zemek of Fox Sports says that fans will now remember the game for all the wrong reasons, making the point that it could hurt BYU a little that all people will recall of this one is what happened at the end.

--- Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune says the call was a definite break for BYU but to say that it altered the outcome of the game is "a stretch.''

--- Jeff Call of the Deseret News in Salt Lake says it's a bad rule, but that reading the rule, it was the right call, which I think is pretty much the stance of Willingham. Also in that link is a post from Deseret News columnist Dick Harmon who says BYU should have won by 7-14 points.

For those curious, UW officials say they won't be filing a protest. Since the rule is in the book and the call is an enforcement of the rule, there's really nothing to file a protest about. Also, the reality is there's nothing tangible that could come of it since obviously, they won't replay the end of the game.

My take? I agree it was a bad call, and to say that there's no judgment involved doesn't make sense. Isn't there judgment on any call? I think they could have used some better judgment there. And while I guess it's not really something the refs can or would do, the fact that the person involved is Locker, who I think everyone can agree is as classy a player and person as there is, seems like something that in an ideal world would be taken into account.

But you can't ignore that UW still had a chance to tie the game with what is a fairly routine kick --- Ryan Perkins made a 35-yarder last week at Oregon with ease. And you also have to remember that would have merely tied it --- UW still would have had to win the game in overtime when it hadn't really stopped BYU since the second half.

And if you look at the numbers --- BYU's 475 yards to UW's 337, for instance --- it's hard to argue that the Cougars didn't deserve to win. That said, overtime sure would have been fun, which may be the biggest tragedy of the whole thing.

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