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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 7, 2006 at 7:37 PM

Good game, tough end

Wow, can’t believe all the comments on this board. Obviously, the emotional ending rubbed a lot of you the wrong way.
I can tell you it rubbed a lot of the Huskies the wrong way, as well, and we’ll have full coverage of that in Sunday’s paper.
But here are a few notes and thoughts on what happened at the end.
UW players said their was mass confusion on the field at the end because the officials, in their words, were “arguing” over how many seconds should be put on the clock. They eventually relented at two seconds, which is how many were on the clock when the play finally unraveled.
Here’s what referee Brian O’Cain said in an official statement released afterward:
“The first that is going to happen is that the clock is going to stop until we get the chains reset and the officials in position to officiate. I wanted to make sure the officials had seen the clock when the play became dead and were comfortable with the time remaining on the clock, which was confirmed to be two seconds.”
This is what O’Cain said happened next: “I’ll point to the ball to get the umpire off of the ball and I’ll start the clock when we get the chains set and the officials in position and the players ready to go. Then I wind the clock. The general rule of thumb is that if there is one second when I wind uup and they snap immediately, the play can go. We try to keep the same pace the whole game. We don’t go faster or slower.”
There was all kinds of opinion among the Huskies.
Center Juan Garcia said the play went off “too damn fast” and that all game the umpire had told him to wait until the umpire could move out of the way before snapping the ball. This time, Garcia said, the clock instead started immediately.
Isaiah Stanback took the high road and said he didn’t want to comment so he wouldn’t “say anything wrong,” though he also said he thought he got the snap in time.
Tyrone Willingham, as you might expect, also said little inflammatory, saying that it’s a tough situation all the way around. USC coaches were arguing that the Huskies never should have had time to line up again and had time to do so only because the officials stopped things to settle the question about the score.
Offensive coordinator Tim Lappano said his players should have been quicker about things.
“You’ve got to be up underneath there,” Lappano said. “When you’re not underneath there and you only have two ticks — we didn’t get it off. … We should have been able to get the play off.”
As for injuries, Jason Wells and Dashon Goldson officially suffered concussions though Goldson also seemed to be limping when he left the field late in the game.
I’ll sift through the comments and throw in a little more here later.

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