ACC confirms offsides penalty

The ACC confirmed Sunday that Clemson defensive tackle Rennie Moore was offsides on a goal-line play in the third quarter of Georgia Tech’s 31-17 win over the Tigers Saturday. On the play, Moore split two Tech linemen and forced and recovered a fumble of quarterback Tevin Washington, ending the Yellow Jackets’ drive at the Clemson 3-yard line.

Replays indicated that Moore had entered the neutral zone prior to the snap, but no call was made on the play. Tech coach Paul Johnson said “I can’t wait to see the film because I’m pretty sure the guy was offsides down on the goal line when we fumbled the ball.”

An offsides could would have permitted Tech to repeat third down inside the 1-yard line. A touchdown would have given the Jackets a 38-10 lead with about 3:20 to play in the third quarter. Instead, Clemson took the next possession 97 yards for a touchdown to draw the score to 31-17, which held up as the final score.

Washington said it was an offsides call in his opinion.

In the game, Clemson was penalized five times for 30 yards. Tech was penalized four times for 23 yards.

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Naperville Jacket

October 30th, 2011
9:36 pm

First for the the first time. Go Jackets from the State of Blago

Naperville Jacket

October 30th, 2011
9:40 pm

That lack of call nearly changed the momentum of hard fought game by a truly focused team. Taking them one game at a time.

K

October 30th, 2011
9:40 pm

Even the fans saw this one and confirmed by the replays.
But what does it mean now???? NOTHING.
We have a 5 star coach!!!!!!!

OldTech

October 30th, 2011
9:41 pm

I was very scared that “the fix was in” and that Clemson would use that as a catalyst to make a run in the 4th quarter, but the Jackets hung tough.

Ogeechee Dawg

October 30th, 2011
9:42 pm

GT vs. Clemson is one of my favorite non-SEC games.

GT looked great – congratulations on a BIG victory.

As always – looking forward to our game – could be a nail biter.

Good luck the est of the season – hipe you guys go undefeated up to the GA game.

Tom

October 30th, 2011
9:42 pm

In other news, the Earth is round (ok, a spheroid) and over 4.5B years old.

GTJackets86

October 30th, 2011
9:49 pm

This doesn’t do much except prove that we were right! GT and Clemson is always exciting for sure! And last night did not disappoint! Go Jackets! Can’t wait for the Hokies on Thursday and then of course the showdown after thanksgiving!

?Mysterion?

October 30th, 2011
9:49 pm

Everybody in the freakin’ stadium saw it but the refs.

Robert

October 30th, 2011
9:50 pm

It really makes you wonder how a crew of officials did not see what was such an obvious offside call.
Later Tech’s Peters was called offsides on a very close call the other way..

Bobby

October 30th, 2011
9:55 pm

Ineffective officiating has plagued the ACC for years. They do nothing to improve the league officials. Other than confirming the gaffe I doubt anything happens.

Swofford is too busy defending UNC before the NCAA to be concerned with such issues as poor ACC officiating.

sports

October 30th, 2011
10:00 pm

overated sorry ACC..and even luckier yellow blowflys.

Jimmy

October 30th, 2011
10:00 pm

Nice win nerds. It is what it is though, just another win against an ACC team. Want a cookie? Not as great a win over an SEC powerhouse in Florida. Nighty nerds, gotta be up early for the 1st shift at the QT in the morn.

Max Sizemore

October 30th, 2011
10:03 pm

But that’s not all the head linesman did. He made two outrageously bad sideline spots in FAVOR of Tech. Both times, once on a big third-down play in the fourth quarter, he gave the Tech runner nearly TWO additional yards. Once the runner stepped out, clearly, at the 35 or 45 and he marked it at the 37 or 47. This guy ought be banned from officiating.

interesting

October 30th, 2011
10:05 pm

Jimmy– Come on–powerhouse in FLA– who are you talking about

True Tech

October 30th, 2011
10:06 pm

Always nice to see the Rednecks comment on our page saying usual garbage. See ya in November idiots.

Tallahassee Jacket

October 30th, 2011
10:08 pm

SEC powerhouses don’t lose 4 straight. enjoy your shift at the QT. make sure the bathrooms are clean.

Jimmy

October 30th, 2011
10:08 pm

Florida would be one of the top teams in the ACC THIS YEAR. In the SEC they are just a middle tier team. Clemson might be .500 in the SEC this year, doubt it though. Suck it nerds.

Jimmy

October 30th, 2011
10:09 pm

I will, Tallahassee. I take pride in my $7.25/hr paying job. Those sheets you sit on when taking a crap, are there because of me.

Did you really just say overrated?

October 30th, 2011
10:10 pm

We beat Clemson during their best season in years with a team that resembles the old early 90s FSU squads talent-wise. You beat a Florida team that got smashed to a bloody smear by Bama and LSU and lost to Auburn, THE YOUNGEST team in FCS, with GT being #2. But I guess the former mutt Muschamp was just doing you guys a favor.

GT81Lawyer

October 30th, 2011
10:12 pm

SEC Powerhouse? A team that hasn’t won since September? Gimme a break. Just congratulate us and shut up. I say congrats to UGA. Beating a league rival is good any year, so the fact that FL is awful this year isn’t anything to hang your heads about.

interesting

October 30th, 2011
10:13 pm

Jimmy- FLA has a 4-4 record and 2-4 in conference. UGA has beaten Coastal, Miss, Miss ST, Tenn, VAndy and FLA. They have a combined 21-27 record. In there conference games they are 6-25. Come on Jimmy. UGA might win the EAST by default.

Frontman

October 30th, 2011
10:15 pm

Hey, Jimmy…
The combined SEC record of Georgia’s 5 conference victims: 5-22. Easiest SEC schedule in decades. I’m actually hoping they will run the SEC table so that they can be absolutely humiliated by Alabama or LSU in the SEC championship. It might even be worse than Auburn-USC from last year. Suck that, redneck.

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2011
10:15 pm

Jimmy put you work shirt with you name on it and get the mop.
The GATORS are beat to hell and still could/should have beat the Dawgs.
We will wait and see what kind of team Clemson has after USC but right now Clemson would be Undefeated with UGA’s schedule.

Deke

October 30th, 2011
10:16 pm

Haha, Jimmy is obviously joking. Consider yourselves trolled.

airgoody

October 30th, 2011
10:19 pm

Gee guys, think maybe Jimmy likes to stir the puddin’? Good wins by both teams. Jimmy, you remind me of my brother-in-law

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2011
10:21 pm

Jimmy…………………..
UGA Wins
Mississippi State 1-4 4-4
Ole Miss……………. 0-5 2-6
Florida………………..2-4 4-4
Vanderbilt……………1-4 4-4
Tennessee…………..0-5 3-5
totals………………….4-22 17-23

The Blair Miss Project

October 30th, 2011
10:24 pm

————-> wouldn’t it be funny if the UGA/Tech game came down to a Blair Walsh field goal?

Jimmy

October 30th, 2011
10:24 pm

Deke is the smartest of the bunch. Makes me wonder if he’s a Techie. haha.
Congrats nerds. Solid win. Still think you’ll lose to the Dawgs in Nov. Should be a good game though.

Ramblin Man

October 30th, 2011
10:26 pm

Ogeechee dawg thanks. Should be a good game this year. Hopefully both teams come in after winning thier next two

Tampa Gator

October 30th, 2011
10:27 pm

And Johnson doesn’t even yell at the refs like Muschamp to deserve that kind of bad call from those refs. But they were better than the refs in the Georgia-Florida game, who thought putting a hand out after the ball has passed is more of an interferene call than jumping on the back of a receiver before the ball arrives. But you guys overcame bad calls. The Gators didn’t….and that is football.

collegeballfan

October 30th, 2011
10:28 pm

I agree with Bobby at 9:55 – ACC football officials have been a joke for decades.

Why? My opinion is that the conference bureaucrats are basketball oriented. Football is second at best.

Dragon

October 30th, 2011
10:29 pm

The game should have been over, but Tech got jobbed by the officials. Why don’t they replay that kind of horrible call? Everyone on TV and on the field knew it was a horrible call. How do you make that up to a team?

VT BLANKS SHEEP

October 30th, 2011
10:31 pm

I honestly do not know how some of these Tobacco Road refs can live with themselves, I guarantee you it was overlooked on purpose. DRAD should tell ACC if these blantant calls are overlooked, GT can go play elsewhere

indianajacket

October 30th, 2011
10:32 pm

sounds like Jimmy makes coffee for us nerds every morning doesnt it?

VT BLANKS SHEEP

October 30th, 2011
10:33 pm

When refs blatantly overlook calls, they should be fined. That would solve the problem I assure you.

Tampa Gator

October 30th, 2011
10:36 pm

Jimmy…..

You Georgia fans complain about people going on your blog…..but how many Dawg fans are constantly on Tech blogs talking crap like you? Clemson was the #5 team in the country when Tech beat them. You barely beat a Florida team with a one legged QB and no talent at WR. Your crap is full of crap. Clemson would no doubt beat Georgia if they played…..based on what I saw of Georgia Saturday in Jacksonville. Their offense would eat your team alive….and your offense is barely better than Florida’s….with a healthy QB.

Tampa Gator

October 30th, 2011
10:39 pm

Maybe both sideline refs sneezed at the same time…..or graduated from Clemson.

Brad

October 30th, 2011
10:44 pm

I don’t get why that kind of crap is not reviewable. It takes away points. They should change the rule to if it happens in the red zone, it can be challenged.

Jimmy

October 30th, 2011
10:44 pm

I’ve never complained Tampa. Talking actual football on one of these blogs is a joke(no offense Ken). I just love stirring up the nerds. These guys talk about how ‘high and mighty’ they are, using freaking academics as an excuse. And then what happens?? Tech’s “student athletes” graduate at a lower rate than UGA’s do. So what do they say then? Oh it’s a more difficult school. LOL. For the masses, yes it is. For the athletes?? Hell no. All the classes these “student athletes” take at most universities are just dumbed down so they can pass.

But anyway, why am I explaining myself to a jort wearing imbecile Gator fan?

Larry

October 30th, 2011
10:45 pm

I thought the whole justification of replay was to overcome the kind human error that can alter the outcome of a single play, drive and certainly a real or potentially game deciding miss. What is the difference between a man jumping across the line before the snap and stealing the football between the Center and the QB and a ball getting knocked loss six inches before the knee hits the ground by a WR or RB? In both cases the ball was in play so why is this not reviewable?

Do it right, and completely right, or not do it at all….that official buffoonery could have altered the course of the game and we have seen many teams come back from large deficits by such momentum.

Again. it was an exchange of possession play involving an obvious foul. Why is this not reviewable? Or, was it reviewable and Johnson had lost the option earlier?

Jimmy

October 30th, 2011
10:46 pm

Seriously though,

Goodnight nerds. Off to beddy bye so you guys can have the freshest coffee and cleanest urinals at your local QT in tha morn!

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2011
10:49 pm

jimmy the Tech classes are not DUMBED DOWN. Players do get a lot of help and tutoring.

Dugan Dan

October 30th, 2011
10:49 pm

They sure Dipped it up

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2011
10:51 pm

The Other MISSED play nobody is talking about is the Fumble that was scooped and scored on. the refs blew the whistle too fast and tech had to settle for the 3 instead of the 7. We are talking about 11 points Tech scored that were taken away.

Brad

October 30th, 2011
10:52 pm

Spot on Tampa. The refs made some eggregious calls against you in that game. And tech got another big blown call that luckily didn’t effect the outcome. How many dropped passes did fla have too? Take out those bad calls and you win. I laugh at how people don’t look at who was played in determining if a team is actually good or not. Ga is not a top 25 team. If they do play bama or lsu, it will be something like 48-14

Curt Moore

October 30th, 2011
10:59 pm

If you excuse the HL for a bonehead call, how about the other officials? Can’t they overrule an obvious, where was the chief official(referee) it is his position to overrule these type of errors. It just made the entire crew look like a bunch of rookies. This should have been best crew in ACC. Doesn’t speak well for the conference.

Dabo Swinney

October 30th, 2011
11:01 pm

Well look at you now. You just got your asses whipped by a bunch of gd nerds. Nerds*! Well, if I was you, I’d do something about it

WTF

October 30th, 2011
11:03 pm

Why would a Gator fan be on the Tech blog?

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2011
11:04 pm

Tampa is a pretty good blogger. He talks on many of the blogs.

Reggie Ball

October 30th, 2011
11:12 pm

We be much smarter…..look for me on the next space shuttle flight!!