Not Indisputable Evidence: The Big 12’s Response to the Goal Line Call



With the game on the line, the Texas offense was on the Iowa State goal line and ready to take the lead. Texas came out in a large, power set and the play call was to run, run, run into the end-zone. Case McCoy handed the ball off to Johnathan Gray and the Texas running back pounded the ball up the middle.

Gray was swarmed. Football is game in inches and he was fighting for every extra inch that he could get. At the very moment that the play was blown dead, Iowa State linebacker Jeremiah George came out of the pileup with the football.

Here is video of the play:

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The call on the field was that Gray was down by contact. Big 12 Supervisor of Officials, Walt  Anderson released the following statement concerning the call on the field and the instant replay decision to not overturn the call.

"The ruling made on the goal line play was that the runner was down by rule with the ball.  Because of that ruling, instant replay is allowed to review the play, which it did.  Had the ruling on the field been forward progress, the play would not be reviewable because the goal line was not involved.  The Replay Official looked at all five views available for this play: Line Feed, Goal Line cart, Press Box angle, Sky Cam, and Opposite End Zone camera.  He correctly determined there was no indisputable video evidence to confirm that either the ruling on the field was correct, or that the ball was loose prior to the runner being down.  By rule when there is not indisputable video evidence to confirm or change the call on the field, the ruling stands."


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