Michigan State pulled off a remarkable 37-33 victory over Michigan on Saturday.
Unfortunately, the win did not come without controversy.
Multiple times throughout the game, the Spartans benefited from what many would describe as “questionable” officiating.
The first notable example of this came in the second quarter, with Michigan up 20-14 and Michigan State backed up at their own 14-yard line.
Spartans quarterback Payton Thorne got the ball, only to quickly be sacked by Wolverines defensive end David Ojabo – resulting in a fumble. Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson subsequently scooped the ball up, leading to what many thought was a touchdown.
David Ojabo & Aidan Hutchinson = the best pass-rushing duo in the country pic.twitter.com/Wby4S2PliL
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) October 30, 2021
Unfortunately, a review followed. And despite it seemingly being clear to everyone that there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn the call – it did end up getting overturned.
According to the refs, Thorne’s leg was down before the fumble. That meant it was a sack, but no touchdown for the Wolverines.
Another review decision goes Michigan State’s way.
Do you think Thorne was down before the fumble? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/CB8DIKebaP
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 30, 2021
Instead of the score being 27-14, it stayed 20-14.
But that wasn’t the lone officiating blunder of the day.
With just under two minutes remaining in the fourth and Michigan State up 37-33, this hold went completely unnoticed:
The refs swallowed their whistle here on 4th & 5, should there have been a flag? pic.twitter.com/BTyTgIONTr
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 30, 2021
Besides occasional one off tales of an SEC reporter being lambasted for her overly “revealing” wardrobe and clear bullying of team personnel, bad refereeing has been the major story of the 2021-22 college football season up to this point. It is a problem that has pestered every conference on a weekly basis and probably won’t go away any time soon.
Hopefully at some point the powers that be in college football step up and fix this dilemma. Because if they don’t, it will inevitably end up doing irreparable damage to the integrity of the sport.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) October 30, 2021