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November 9, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Cutaia says replay handled properly on Austin TD

Sounds as if it wouldn’t have done UW coach Steve Sarkisian any good to have called a time out to contest UCLA receiver Terrence Austin’s juggling, tumbling touchdown in the third quarter of Saturday’s game.
Dave Cutaia, the coordinator of football officiating for the Pac-10, said today the play was reviewed and that there was not indisputable evidence to overturn the ruling on the field.
Some UW fans have questioned why Sarkisian did not call a time out to force a longer review of the play. Some on the UW side think the ball hit the ground as Austin made a diving stab at it before tumbling over and catching it in the end zone. The TD cut UW’s lead to 23-21 in a game the Bruins won 24-23.
Cutaia said today that all plays are reviewed, so the absence of an official review requiring a time out does not mean the play was not reviewed.
“Every play is reviewed and some are stopped and some are not based on if the replay officials feel they can make a determination without a stop,” he said. “And based on the shots they got, they did not have enough indisputable video to change the call on the field.” If the replay officials feel they need more time, they signal to the on-field referee to stop the game. Cutaia said they didn’t do that in this case because they felt they saw what they needed to see.
“The play was reviewed without a stop,” he said. “They received the shots and the replay officials did review the play at the time that it happened. And they felt there was not indisputable evidence to reverse the call on the field.”
Cutaia said he reviewed the play today and how it was handled and said he thinks the officials followed the protocal properly.
“We looked at it several times and there is not indisputable evidence to change the call on the field,” he said.

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