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Published December 15 2010

NCAA officials explain Saturday's review of fumble that went against Bison football team

North Dakota State University football fans claimed to see one thing and then there’s what the NCAA saw.

The NCAA said Tuesday a three-person video replay crew looked at multiple camera angles on Saturday in regards to Bison quarterback Brock Jensen’s overtime fumble in a 38-31 loss to Eastern Washington in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Jensen, on the game’s final play, attempted to dive into the end zone but it was ruled a fumble on the field.

The play went to video review and the call was upheld because there was insufficient evidence to overturn it.

The call resulted in NDSU losing and having its somewhat surprising playoff run end and finish the season at

9-5.

“For a replay, the people in the booth use every camera that is available,” said Cameron Schuh, an NCAA spokesperson.

“It can go one of three ways. It can confirm the call on the field, it can show it was incorrect and the play is overturned or the replay officials do not have enough evidence to overturn the call.”

Schuh said from the NCAA’s Indianapolis headquarters there are three people who review a play from the booth.

There’s a communicator, a technician and an official to help make the call.

All three were from the Pac-10 Conference.

Gene Taylor, NDSU athletic director, said it was hard to not disagree with the call that was made.

“There has to be indisputable evidence,” Taylor said. “And I don’t know what the definition is. To the naked eye or layman, it may look incorrect but to the officials it may be totally different.”

The seven-man crew on the field came from the Colonial Athletic Association.

Scott Meyer, assistant commissioner for CAA football, said the conference does not comment on officiating issues and deferred to the NCAA.

Taylor said he hasn’t looked at the replay too much because, “I was sick to my stomach.”

He said he’s talked to quite a few people, including non-NDSU fans, who said it was an incorrect call.

Taylor said NDSU was not going to file an appeal with the NCAA regarding the call.

“You feel bad but it is part of the game,” Taylor said. “It gets confirmed and you have to live with the call.”


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