San Diego St. Screwed by BYU Home Cooking in Replay Booth

San Diego St. opened up the checkbook two years ago after suffering through an entire decade without a winning record. They brought in Brady Hoke from Ball St. who went 4-8 in his first year. Under Hoke, the Aztecs appear to improve drastically this season and they’re now 3-2. Sadly, if it weren’t for two key calls wrongly going against them, they could be 5-0.

The Wiz of Odds showed us that a block in the back sprung Missouri’s T.J. Moe for a game-winning 68-yard touchdown in the final minute against San Diego State last month, making the Aztecs 2-1. Our man Jay Christensen also points out that San Diego St. was victimized by another missed call in an egregious case of home cooking.

Down 17-14 late in the 3rd quarter, the Aztecs forced a fumble at the 25 yard line. BYU running back J.J. Di Luigi (great name) was ruled down by the refs so Brady Hoke challenged the call. Replays (and the picture above) clearly show that Di Luigi lost the ball before being ruled down, but for some reason the replay booth upheld the call. Now we know why.

One of the people working the replay booth was a BYU employee! They actually had BYU video coordinator Chad Bunn reviewing plays, and of course he was not fair. Thanks to the call that wasn’t overturned, the Cougars were able to keep the ball and went on to score a touchdown.

San Diego State scored in the 4th to pull within three, and their defense didn’t allow another point to the Cougars. They lost 24-21 falling to 3-2, but it’s safe to say they could have easily won this game. The good news is the replay workers were suspended by the Mountain West. I say they shouldn’t ever be allowed to work another game.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3BO3JRQSN4WNQW7PK63TAKV7E madkapperaz

    the ref blew the whistle dead. It had nothing to do with the video replay other than show that the ref blew the whistle too fast. I suppose the two flagrant facemask that caused the fumble in the first place, missed by the same ref should be ignored too.

  • Anonymous

    That’s right that dirty BYU player just about got his head ripped off by two (watch it two) face masks on that play. Maybe the ref should be suspended because he missed the face mask penalties. San Diego State whine away.

  • Anonymous

    Yep. It wasn’t the booth official that screwed this one up. It was the field official blowing the whistle too fast, before anyone had gotten possession of the fumbled ball.

    Also, that BYU employee did nothing but provide the asked-for video feed. He was a technical assistant because he knew the equipment. He had no bearing on the interpretation of the call. All he did was provide the video the replay official asked for. Plus, it’s the CONFERENCE that assigns people to those jobs. It wasn’t BYU that put him there.

    If you chose to do a shred of investigating (which, admittedly isn’t your job), you’d find that it’s VERY common for school employees or alumni to be the tech advisors in the replay booth. Only one conference (I think the Mid-American conf, or something like that. It’s one of the small ones) doesn’t have it.