December 29, 2019
The Rose Bowl replay system, like most of those used in college, differs from the NFL. Instead of challenges being brought by coaches, as in the NFL, plays are reviewed at the behest of officials in the replay booth above the press box. There are three men upstairs a replay official, an assistant and a technician who watch the television feed from ABC on monitors as well as the video board in the stadium. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Rose Bowl used a replay system to review questionable calls for the first time Wednesday, but pardon USC if it wouldn’t mind putting the system under further review. The Trojans lost a turnover on one reversal, were deprived of a turnover on a play that was upheld, and then wondered who was asleep in the replay booth when a Texas touchdown wasn’t even reviewed. No wonder USC coach Pete Carroll chose to play without instant replay against Notre Dame. Texas was awarded an interception, correctly, by the Big Ten crew when a replay showed that safety Michael Griffin had indeed gotten a foot down inbounds in the end zone. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson But the Trojans had a right to gripe moments later when a Texas touchdown by Selvin Young was not reviewed despite replays showing that quarterback Vince Young’s knee had touched down at the 12-yard line before he pitched the ball to Selvin Young. There was also question of whether the pitch, which occurred past the line of scrimmage, was a forward pass. The two plays came in the second quarter with USC leading 7-3. The replay the Trojans wanted overturned came in the fourth quarter, when Vince Young threw a pass over the middle to Jamaal Charles, who caught the ball with both feet on the ground a split second before he was hit. But he didn’t make “a football move” before he was hit and the ball knocked loose. Two officials hesitated before ruling the play an incomplete pass. After the play was reviewed upstairs the ruling on the field was upheld. In all, five plays were reviewed, including two that were upheld in favor of the Trojans: a 12-yard catch by Steve Smith and a 26-yard touchdown run by Reggie Bush in which he was determined to have stayed in bounds.