By now you have most likely seen the missed extra point that was awarded to Syracuse in a 33-30 loss for Toledo on Sept. 24. But what is the nation’s opinion on the events that transpired? Below is the opinion of 12 different sports analysts from all over the U.S.
Michael Wilbon, TV co-host of Pardon the Interruption on ESPN, via PTI
“What is this, a parting gift by the Big East refs to Syracuse as they leave the conference? This is a joke. Don’t tell me you don’t have the right angle on this call. This is a basic play of football, it happens as many as a dozen times a game between field goals and point after [touchdowns].
“Get it right. They didn’t get it right and they know it. There is visual evidence, wipe it off the board.
“This whole referee thing, what conference [they’re from] and who refs what it’s part of the junk of college football. It’s pitiful and it’s suspect! It’s suspect!”
Tony Kornheiser, Radio and TV co-host of Pardon the Interruption on ESPN, via PTI
“I don’t think you vacate the game. It’s human error, there is no question about that.
“Play the game from that point on, because I don’t think you can assume the game would have ended the same way. I don’t see how you can penalize Syracuse for vacating the win. They didn’t ask for it, the referee blew it. Play it tomorrow. Play it today.”
Dan LeBatard, Miami Herald Sports Columnist and TV host of ESPN’s Dan Lebatard is Highly Questionable
“You have to question it when the [Big East] comes out and says the refs blew the call.
“It changed the game. Toledo came down and kicked a field goal to tie the game, a game that they would have won with that field goal.
“Toledo wants the game vacated. Can you do that? Does anyone care if you vacate a game between Syracuse and Toledo? One of the things I noticed from that video was there weren’t a whole lot of people behind that goal post. Nobody would care if you vacate the game.”
Bill Plaschke, LA Times Sports Columnist, via Around the Horn
“Syracuse is not going anywhere anyway this year. Why don’t they hold a ceremony or make a phone call and agree to give the victory back to Toledo. Why don’t they just do that?”
Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas Morning News Sports Columnist, via Around the Horn
“Even if the call was right, [Syracuse] would be two up and they could try and stop them, they would know they were not three up. It’s a terrible call by the review official, but you don’t give away a victory because of that.”
Robert Smith, ESPN NCAA football analyst, via College Football Live
“If Syracuse knows they were only up by two they would have played that last drive differently. Their calls defensively would have been more aggressive and they would have tried to get a turnover more aggressively trying to keep them from even getting a field goal.
“My problem is with the replay official. How can you not look at the end zone copy? The end zone copy we were looking at was a pixilated version and you could clearly see the goal post disappears. It is as clear as day.”
Ryan Burr, ESPN TV host, via College Football Live
“In replay, you look for indisputable evidence. You will never see more indisputable evidence as the ball goes in front of the post.
Todd McShay, ESPN NCAA football analyst, via Twitter
Extra point call for Syracuse is one of the worst calls I’ve seen in any sport at any level (and replayed). Toledo got jobbed!
Colin Cowherd, Radio and TV host of SportsNation at ESPN, via Twitter
Poor officiating during Syracuse/Toledo not only hosed Toledo but Boise State. Toledo is second best team on brons sched. Now have 3 L’s.
Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com NCAA football writer, via Twitter
Toledo has the right idea — game should be vacated, not forfeited. Just not this game.
Not forfeited, it just doesn’t count for either team. Toledo and Syracuse automatically get bowl consideration at 5-7.
Russ Mitchell, SEC Columnist for College Football News, via Twitter
#Toledo complains about #Cuse’s victory. Handed a tissue. THIS JUST IN: Refs have been bungling calls for decades now #move along
Joel Godett, Sports Anchor 106.9 WSYR Syracuse, N.Y., via Twitter
#Toledo is a joke…there was a missed call fine…you want to win the game? Then don’t throw a pick in overtime.