Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ; ACC Suspends Officials for Two Games after Miami-Duke Ending

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ; ACC Suspends Officials for Two Games after Miami-Duke Ending

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The league announced the decision Sunday, about 13 hours after the Hurricanes threw a combined eight laterals before Corn Elder took the last one for the game-ending touchdown that beat Duke 30- 27. In a statement announcing the suspension of the on-field crew, the replay official and the communicator, Commissioner John Swofford said that final play "was not handled appropriately."

The league says the replay official was wrong in not declaring Miami's Mark Walton down before he flipped the ball, and the on- field crew should have flagged the Hurricanes for an illegal block in the back.

"The quality of our officiating program is of the highest importance to the league and its schools, and the last play of the game was not handled appropriately, Swofford said. "Officiating is an extraordinarily difficult job but our players, coaches, programs and fans deserve the best that can be offered. We will continue to strive to meet that standard.

Elder watched the replay of his game-winning kickoff return repeatedly Sunday morning, his teammates passing around the clip on their phones and tablets while flying home after one of the wildest endings in college football history.

He knew people are outraged about the play. He also didn't care.

"At the end of the day, we got the win, Elder said. "So no matter what they say, we won. That's all that matters.

The score will be forgotten. The ending and ensuing controversy will not.

"It really doesn't do anything to me, Miami interim coach Larry Scott said Sunday morning. "You try to take it in, you see it, you hear it, then you block it out. At the end of the day we believe they got the call right. They took all the time they needed to evaluate all the shots and views and angles they needed to review, and when they came back they couldn't say, No, it's not a touchdown.'

Duke spokesman Jon Jackson referred to the ACC's statement and said athletic director Kevin White would have no further comment. Coach David Cutcliffe is scheduled to hold his weekly game-in- review teleconference with reporters later Sunday afternoon. …

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