Huge Ten officiating got here in for heavy criticism Friday night time after Purdue misplaced a go-ahead landing within the last minute of the fourth quarter to an offensive move interference penalty.
The consensus was the aspect decide who threw the flag (and whose identify was omitted from Minnesota’s official field rating) made a horrendous name.
Tight finish Payne Durham was referred to as for pushing off earlier than he caught what would have been a scoring move to present the Boilermakers (2-2) the lead with 52 seconds remaining. Purdue quarterback Jack Plummer threw an interception on the following play. Minnesota (2-3) then ran out the clock for a 34-31 victory.
“I did not prefer it all,” Purdue coach Jeff Brohm mentioned throughout his postgame Zoom name with reporters. Brohm added that he “didn’t get an excellent clarification” from the officers as to why the penalty was referred to as.
“Your guess is pretty much as good as mine,” Brohm mentioned.
Purdue Athletics’ Twitter feed leaned on a social media hot-button difficulty to voice its displeasure with the decision:
Followers on Twitter pointed to different disputable calls earlier within the sport to argue that the officiating a. Was dangerous all night time and b. Additionally helped Purdue at instances. But it surely’s the decision on the finish of the sport that may linger in folks’s minds. A pattern:
Unbelievable option to have that sport taken away from my boilers. One of many worst calls i can keep in mind. Want to have the ability to problem sure penalties as a result of that was weak. Simply brutal
— Kevin Kiermaier (@KKiermaier39) November 21, 2020
Say this very not often however the official who referred to as the move interference on @BoilerFootball TE needs to be given the season off. That was painful to observe.
— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) November 21, 2020
Wow, that move interference name on Purdue. Wow. When you see issues that aren’t there, you possibly can’t ref at any stage. That man is completed. Interval. That’s not a judgment name. That’s your eyes fooling you. You permit the occupation tonight, after apologizing.
— Graham Sofa (@Graham_Couch) November 21, 2020