The Mountain West has concluded that the replay official made the right decision on a controversial fourth-down play in the Boise State football team’s win Saturday at New Mexico.
The officials on the field ruled that New Mexico quarterback Lamar Jordan gained a first down on fourth-and-2 with about 4 minutes left in the game. Boise State led 53-49 at the time.
After a lengthy review, the replay official determined that Jordan’s elbow touched the ground before the ball reached the first-down marker. Boise State was awarded the ball. The Broncos scored on the ensuing drive and won 60-49.
Here is the statement from the Mountain West:
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“In accordance with its standard operating procedures, the Mountain West Conference engaged in a thorough review of the play which began at the 4:11 mark of the fourth quarter in the Boise State at New Mexico game played Saturday, November 8. This included in-depth analysis by the CFO West Coordinator of Officials, the CFO West Replay Coordinator and MW staff of the video utilized by the replay booth in making its decision to reverse the call on the field. Implementing the same protocols and techniques applied by the replay booth, which are consistent with current national instant replay standards, it was determined indisputable evidence did in fact exist to overturn the call on the field. The Mountain West fully embraces the highest level of accountability at all levels and in ensuring the integrity of the process was able to confirm this call was in fact correct.”
Earlier Tuesday, New Mexico coach Bob Davie said at his press conference that he could not find indisputable video evidence.
“Boise beat us, Boise deserved to beat us,” Davie said. “... (But) the only people that say that it was indisputable, and there was concrete evidence that that call should be overturned, was the Mountain West Conference. To me, that’s a bit of a slap in the face.”
San Diego State coach Rocky Long caught the attention of Boise State fans with a quote from his press conference Tuesday.
Long was asked about the “mystique” of Boise State and whether it helps that his team has beaten the Broncos in Boise in 2012 and San Diego in 2013.
“That was maybe that way three, four years ago,” Long said. “That’s not that way anymore. That’s why it should be a good game. If it’s not a good game and they run away with it, it has nothing to do with the blue turf, because we’ve had success on the blue turf. It has nothing to do with any mystique they might have because that hasn’t affected us in the past. So it’s obviously not going to affect us now. That doesn’t mean they might not run away with it though. They’re pretty good. We’re going to have to play really, really well to stay in the game.”
The Broncos have won 11 straight home games by double digits since the Aztecs won on the Blue in 2012.
Here is the video. The question is at the 9:00 mark.
Boise State redshirt freshman defensive end Mat Boesen was not listed on the depth chart this week. The depth chart was released after coach Bryan Harsin’s weekly media availability.
Boesen did not make the trip to New Mexico. Harsin declined to provide a reason. Boesen has run into some trouble this year. Here is what we reported over the weekend.
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