I've been watching FSU football for as long as I can remember, which puts my memories somewhere in the general area of the 1993 National Championship.
Never in my life have I seen worse officiating in a college football game than I did tonight in the FSU vs. Miami contest.
MIami's last drive, in which they received back-to-back roughing the passer calls, not to mention Nigel Bradham's ejection on a perfectly legal tackle...I mean...I have few, of any, words to express myself.
There were many other ridiculous calls, including Terrence Brooks' "roughing the kicker" call on the punt, which was even more blatant than Clemson's.
I'm hoping Bud et al addresses all of the calls in their tape review, but man...I had to vent.
The ejection of Nigel Bradham really, really upset me. But those two TDs that were called back early in the game...I was having a hard time not blacking out from anger.
The Miami WR caught it and made a football move, then had the ball jarred loose. Recovered by Joyner for a TD. The end.
As for the punt recovered by FSU (after Miami touched it) for a TD, I mean...I've been watching football, and playing Madden/NCAA for as long as I can remember. Once the ball is touched it is a live ball, period. Telvin Smith recovered it and ran it back for a touchdown. The end. Period. End of story.
I was wrong here. How about Karlos Williams' return that was called back on a hold against James Wilder?
I don't know if Nevin Shapiro was writing checks from behind bars, or what. And of course the officiating this season has been among the worst in ACC history, as far as FSU is concerned. But this game really hurt. This game had some of the worst, most egregious calls I have ever seen.
A win is a win, yes. And after some of the calls/no calls we've seen from the ACC this season, it's far too much to hope they'll hold these officials accountable. But as FSU fans we have to acknowledge when things are clearly working against us, especially the officials.
Lastly, congratulations to Nigel Bradham for one of the best, nastiest, most legal tackles I've seen all year. Well done, sir.
Edited now that I better understand the rules.