Beckman: Game not lost from officiatingWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
After a back-and-forth battle in which Toledo nearly became the first in-state opponent to defeat No. 15 Ohio State in the Horseshoe since 1921, both teams played nearly identical on the field.
Toledo racked up 338 yards against the Buckeyes, who recorded 301. Ohio State picked up 17 first downs and converted 3-of-12 third downs. The Rockets, meanwhile, picked up 16 first downs and were 3-of-16 on third down conversions. The Buckeyes narrowly edged out UT in time of possession by one minute (30:31 to 29:29).
There was one statistic, however, that was dramatically different and has caused an uproar with Toledo’s fan base – penalties.
The Rockets were flagged on 14 occasions for 102 total yards while Ohio State received just two penalties for 13 yards.
The referees officiating the game were from the Mid-American Conference.
“Nobody is perfect and I’m not saying anybody is perfect,” UT Head Coach Tim Beckman said. “It’s the game of football. There’s things that I probably did in that football game that weren’t right either. This is a college football game and we have got to be able to overcome those things. We have got to be able to not penalize ourselves.
“That game was not lost because of the officiating.”
Among the calls that have come into question include some non-calls on the Buckeyes. After Toledo was flagged for an illegal formation on a punt (which it was flagged for on three occasions) with a little more than three minutes remaining in the half, the Rockets next punt was returned 69 yards by Chris Fields for a touchdown. Replays appeared to show Ohio State’s Christian Bryant commit an illegal block in the back on punter Vince Penza as he attempted to tackle Fields, but no flag was called. The penalty would have negated the Buckeye touchdown.
Toledo has sent in some replays for the NCAA to review, although Beckman stressed the process is standard procedure. He said the Rockets sent in between six to eight plays last week from the New Hampshire contest but did not elaborate on how many were sent in from the OSU game.
“We do every week so there wasn’t any exception,” Beckman said. “That’s something that every school does.”