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For Heyward-Bey, Catch or No Catch?

Reporters had an interesting discussion with Ralph Friedgen last night about officials. Friedgen did not say anything inflammatory, but I’d prefer to keep most of the conversation private. I did ask Friedgen what he thought about Darrius Heyward-Bey’s near catch in the end zone in the final minute of the North Carolina State game, a play that could have been the game-winning score. Friedgen is admittedly a little biased about this, but he said he thought the defender pried the ball out of DHB’s hands a split second after DHB grabbed the ball and fell to his back in the end zone. I agree with this, though it was mighty close. So close that Friedgen and I both agreed that, whatever the call on the field, it likely would not have been overturned because there wasn't conclusive evidence in either direction. During the game, I wouldn’t have been surprised if the on-the-field call had gone either way. But I would have been a little surprised if the officials would have overturned the on-the-field call because I didn’t feel there was overwhelming evidence to do so. Wondering what you think.

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 31, 2008; 9:57 AM ET
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I was actually able to see the play because the game was broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Sunday night. I thought it should have been a TD!

Posted by: gburggal | October 31, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

play? what play? here in the OC, i sit by the computer, waiting for the scoreboard to refresh, until i get exasperated and take work down to the table under the palm trees....

Posted by: mdrockjock | October 31, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I know I'm late to this post and I did watch the game on Maybe you posted about this earlier, but how come the game wasn't on tv. I swear there are more WVU games on tv here than terps games?

Also the 360 crew were horrible. At one point with the stat that the had made a 47 yard field goal flashing on the tv screen, the announcer kept saying that obi's longest field goal of the year was a 40 yarder. He kept repeating it, over and over.

Then at the end of the game, before the kick when nc state was penalized, the announcer said that the terps should decline the penalty because then it would be too close of a field goal attempt. Huh?

Anyways, i know its a week late but wanted to throw that in.

Posted by: tedunni1 | November 1, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

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