Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson said Wednesday the replay official in the Wisconsin-Fresno State game made a mistake when he overturned a fumble call during the third quarter.
Wisconsin appeared to be in position to get another score when the Badgers' DeAndre Levy recovered a fumble by Devon Wylie at the Fresno State 26 in the third quarter with Badgers leading 10-0. But the call was overturned on a replay review, ruled an incomplete pass, and the Bulldogs went on to score on that drive. Wisconsin won the game 13-10.
“The WAC holds officials accountable for their performance,” Benson said. “And when errors are made, especially those that may have an impact on the outcome of a game, it is necessary to hold an official accountable for the mistake.”
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NCAA rules require there be indisputable video evidence in order to overturn a call made by an official on the field. Benson added, “After reviewing video of the play with Jim Blackwood, WAC supervisor of football officials, we concluded there was not indisputable evidence. Thus, per NCAA rules the play should not have been overturned.”