I've updated this post after finding video of the play shot from the end zone. Check it out. Block in the back? Certainly looks like it.
Missouri got away with one in its 27-24 victory over San Diego State. Watch the third play in this highlight package and you'll see the Tigers' game-winning 68-yard touchdown pass from Blaine Gabbert to T.J. Moe with 51 seconds remaining. You'll also see Missouri's Jerrell Jackson with a block in the back on San Diego State's Jose Perez near midfield.
The block sends Perez flying into linebacker Miles Burris, who was in pursuit of Moe. With both Aztecs out of the play, Moe has a free run to the end zone.
"They won the game so they must have deserved it, but I don't know if we had the full complement of officials," Aztec coach Brady Hoke told Kevin Gemmell of the San Diego Union-Tribune. "There weren't on that last play."
Hoke didn't want to make a big deal of the play, but was clearly irked by the non-call.
"I'm sure we got some [calls] and they got some," Hoke said. "But when that's the guy [the official] is supposed to be watching, I'd be watching him."
It was the second high-profile non-call of the weekend. Officials working the Notre Dame-Michigan State game appear to have missed the play clock expiring on the Spartans' fake field goal that resulted in the game-winning touchdown. On Sunday the Big East, whose officials worked the game, said its crew made the correct call.
"The conference believes that the game officials correctly applied the proper mechanics and guidelines that are in place to determine, in a consistent manner, when a flag should be thrown for delay of game," the Big East said in a statement.
OK, then. ...