Reusse: A reversal of fortune at Bethel

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 7, 2012 - 7:55 AM

Concordia (Moorhead) appeared to have the game won, but a late penalty set the Royals up for dramatics.

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rdanneskjoldOct. 6, 1210:05 PM

Incredible finish. Great game between two very good teams but the Royals emerge victorious!

rdanneskjoldOct. 6, 1210:20 PM

Tough call. But it was correct. The video confirms it.

mill0989Oct. 6, 1210:32 PM

Technically, there's offensive holding on almost every play in college football yet the refs don't call it in the spirit of the game. This was a totally horrible call for a ref make. The clock was at zero and the outcome of the game in hand. Any Bethel fan would be absolutely livid if it happened to them.

mill0989Oct. 6, 1210:51 PM

Totally contemptible call by the ref on a celebration after the game outcome was at hand. The petty call by the ref took a likely NCAA berth by one team and singlehandedly gave to another. No wonder a deep lack of trust exists for refs when "technically" correct calls are made that violate the spirit of the game.

johmicwOct. 6, 1211:13 PM

As an official, we are constantly serving as a judge between objective and the subjective. The philosophy in calling a football game is that you must ensure that there was an "advantage gained". I may have a hold on the left side of the line of scrimmage, but the run was a sweep to the right. I do not have a hold. Sure, objectively, the hold was there, but subjectively, there was no advantage gained. In this game, it seems as though the official took the situation and made a call based on the objective rules of the game.

rdanneskjoldOct. 6, 1211:18 PM

Go out and beat UST and Concordia could get a pool C bid. Any team would be livid, but its their fault for letting their emotion get the best of them.

rdanneskjoldOct. 7, 1212:11 AM

The Cobbers got the benefit of the doubt with the "touchdown" to end the first half, so don't put the loss on the officials. The fact is a couple players and a coach messed up and it cost them the game.

sink16Oct. 7, 12 5:27 AM

This was one wild game, start to finish. The first half ended in controversy as well on a 4th and goal plunge by the Cobber fullback that wasn't clear if he'd broken the plain. Tough call at the end, but the right call. This wasn't just one player. And it wasn't just a couple steps on the field. #27 came all the way out to the numbers, over 9 yds onto the field before the ball was recovered just steps in front of him. And there was a coach or two who left the sidelines as well. Keep in mind that all this happened on the Concordia side of the field where the ball was rolling free. Given all that, the Concordia D still had two chances to re-win the game and overcome their mistake. Stop Bethel from the 9 with no time left, they win. Stop the 2pt conversion from the 3 and they win. They weren't able to do either. Physical, wild, brutal game. But neither team is in or out of the playoffs yet. Four more MIAC games have to be played before we know if either have a shot at the NCAA playoffs.

wisstinks4Oct. 7, 12 9:01 AM

It does not really matter UST will crush both of there also rans. They are tier 2 teams at best. Go scots.

neseattleOct. 7, 1212:20 PM

It was a great game. The flag would not have been thrown if the play was on the other side of the field. How many times have you seen players or coaches go onto the field of play, with no flag thrown? What made this situation different was that there was no time left on the clock after the ball was snapped. The QB being hit as he threw made it reasonable for anyone to believe that it was an incomplete pass, as the ball hit the field. I think that what compounded the problem for the official was that Concordia did not just fall on the ball. The bottom line is that I think that the officials decision to enforce the rule as written, in this situation, was not in the spirit of the game.


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