Oct 3, 2011 9:37 PM by Lee Douglas
Time for another edition of the News 5 Monday Night Quarterback. Every Monday during the football season News 5 Sports Director Lee Douglas lets you weigh in on the most talked about football moment from the past weekend.
This week we want to know what you think about Saturday's Air Force Navy game in Annapolis. The Falcons won a 35-34 thriller in overtime. Navy, trailing 21-3 in the first quarter and 28-10 in the fourth quarter made a remarkable comeback to send the game to overtime. On the first possession in overtime Navy quarterback Kriss Proctor scored on a keeper but was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct in the end zone. The referee said he "got in the face" of an Air Force player after he scored. The extra point became a 35-yard kick which was blocked by Air Force. The Falcons then scored on their overtime possession kicked the extra point and won the game.
Proctor disagreed with the call. Here's his version of what happened:
"I got up and I was trying to run to our sideline," Proctor said. "Some guy got in my way and I just told him to move explicitly and he called it. It's unfortunate that the refs made a call like that, but it's football. That's the way it is. If we make that PAT, we wouldn't be talking about it."
"Everything was going our way until the penalty" Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "That is an unfortunate call to make in a hard-fought game. It is a service academy game with two teams who will be serving their country. It was a huge penalty; it changed everything. I hope those guys can sleep well tonight."
The Mountain West Conference issued the following statement:
"After thorough review of the incident following the Navy touchdown in overtime, it is clear a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting was warranted under NCAA Football Playing Rule 9-2-1-a.-1. and was properly administered by the CFO West officiating crew. This will be the only comment provided regarding this matter."
The Mountain West assigned the CFO West officiating crew for the game. The CFO West is a partnership between the Big 12, Southland and Mountain West conferences.
So this week we want to know what you think aout the controversial call. We will have the results tonight on News 5 at 10.
In case you're interested here's the complete NCAA rule:
ARTICLE 1. There shall be no unsportsmanlike conduct or any act that interferes with orderly game administration on the part of players, substitutes, coaches, authorized attendants or any other persons subject to the rules, before the game, during the game or between periods. Infractions for these acts by players are administered as either live-ball or dead-ball fouls depending on when they occur.
a. Specifically prohibited acts and conduct include:
1. No player, substitute, coach or other person subject to the rules shall use abusive, threatening or obscene language or gestures, or engage in such acts that provoke ill will or are demeaning to an opponent, to game officials or to the image of the game, including but not limited to:
(a) Pointing the finger(s), hand(s), arm(s) or ball at an opponent, or imitating the slashing of the throat.
(b) Taunting, baiting or ridiculing an opponent verbally.
(c) Inciting an opponent or spectators in any other way, such as simulating the firing of a weapon or placing a hand by the ear to request recognition.
(d) Any delayed, excessive, prolonged or choreographed act by which a player (or players) attempts to focus attention upon himself (or themselves).
(e) An unopposed ball carrier obviously altering stride as he approaches the opponent's goal line or diving into the end zone.
(f) Removal of a player's helmet before he is in the team area (Exceptions: Team, media or injury timeouts; equipment adjustment; through play; between periods; and during a measurement for a first down).
(g) Punching one's own chest or crossing one's arms in front of the chest while standing over a prone player.
(h) Going into the stands to interact with spectators, or bowing at the waist after a good play.