Offsides call ‘under review’

There’s been a lot of controversy among fans regarding the offsides call at the end of the USU vs Nevada football game in Romney Stadium on Oct. 17. USU had just scored, converted a two-point conversion and executed what looked to be a successful onside kick, recovered by James Brindley. Down 35-32 and 2:35 left on the clock, the Aggies looked to be in the drivers seat to give them an opportunity to either win the game or send it to overtime.But the Aggies never got a chance. An official called offsides on the onside kick attempt. The Aggies tried the kick again but Nevada recovered and ran out the clock. Television replays seemed to indicate what the fans in the stands saw, the penalty, if it was a penalty, was nearly indiscernible.In the Western Athletic Conference teleconference Monday, commissioner Karl Benson said Jim Blackwood, the WAC’s supervisor of officials, is reviewing tape from the television production as well as from coaches.”It was a big play,” Benson said. “It could have had an impact on the game. Those plays are routinely reviewed. It appears to be a very close call.”To hear all of Benson’s response to this controversial call,

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Gary Andersen’s response regarding the offsides call can be

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.There was more controversy in the game regarding the officials. Nevada had the ball at midfield on a 4th down and short and opted to go for it. The play clock expired but the officials never blew their whistles or penalized Nevada for the violation. Nevada executed a 16 yard pass play and kept their drive alive, eventually scoring a touchdown.Here’s what coach Gary Andersen

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about the no-call.

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