Maybe I have to play football at a high level to fully understand this, but I really can’t wrap my brain around how players keep dropping the ball before they cross the goal line. The latest inexplicable brain toot came from Texas Tech running back DeAndre Washington in a 20-10 win over TCU on Thursday night.
Washington made a nice play to reel in a deflected screen pass in the fourth quarter and take it 49 yards for a touchdown. It appeared he had given his team a 17-10 lead when the officials signaled for a score, but upon further review it was determined that Washington let go of the ball before crossing the plane. Here is a better look:
While celebrating the would-be touchdown, the Red Raiders were given a 15-yard penalty for excessive celebration. Fortunately for Washington, an official had picked up the ball — which was technically live — so Texas Tech got to keep it at the 1-yard line. It was then moved back to the 16-yard line when the penalty yardage was tacked on.
From there, Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb eventually found Bradley Marquez for the go-ahead score. The amazing thing is we already saw a Denver Broncos linebacker do the exact same thing a week ago. Neither player ended up costing their team, but when will it stop? I can’t think of anything that would make me more angry as a head coach.
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