A new video angle confirms that Utah cheated to beat Baylor on Saturday afternoon.
Heading into this weekend’s game, most expected the Utes to make quick work of the Bears. The latter was 0-1 to start the year and coming off an unimpressive showing against Texas State. The former had beaten Florida in dominant fashion one week prior.
Instead, Baylor made a game out of this one. It was very tight heading into the closing minutes, and the Bears had a real shot at tying things up in the closing seconds.
Following a score with 17 seconds remaining, the Utes went up 20-13. Upon regaining possession, Baylor’s Sawyer Robertson delivered two passes to Hal Presley to get to the Utah 22 with a second remaining.
On the last play of the game, Utah blitzed and forced Robertson to lob it up into the end zone in Ketron Jackson Jr.’s general direction.
That’s when this happened:
#12 Utah hangs on to beat Baylor 20-13 in Waco!
On the game’s final play, Utah’s Miles Battle appeared to be, well, battling with Baylor WR Ketron Jackson, Jr. Officials, however, made no call either way, and the game concluded. pic.twitter.com/lG3Yu28EIl
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) September 9, 2023
Despite a clear pass interference by Miles Battle, nothing was called.
Understandably, fans were upset.
Baylor wr got mugged by the Utah db lmaoo no pass interference call pic.twitter.com/OEQD1xy4iq
— John (@iam_johnw) September 9, 2023
I don’t like officials impacting the game, but you’ve got to throw a flag on that one.
— Patrick Fox (@whatdoespfoxsay) September 9, 2023
That is pass interference all day every day and on Sunday! Ridiculous no call but not shocked…
— B (@bbs_2022) September 9, 2023
The rules apply on the first play, the last play and every play between. That was a ridiculously egregious missed call!
— Matthew Williams (@Matthew05882611) September 9, 2023
Big picture, although they clearly cheated on that final play, Utah is now 2-0 this season. And unlike last week, where the main story coming out of the Florida outing was a Utah cheerleader whose wild photos went viral, this time around all anyone is talking about is what happened on the field.
It will be interesting to see how the Utes ultimately fare from this point forward. If Baylor gave this group trouble, who knows how they’ll do against Weber State.
— Game 7 (@game7__) September 9, 2023
From there, a motley crew of UCLA, Oregon State, Cal, USC and Oregon are on deck.
If Utah can emerge from the next two months of football unscathed and are in the hunt for a College Football Playoff spot, the favorable non-call they received in this Baylor game will be viewed as a legitimately pivotal point in their season.