College football officially has a problem. Instant replay has gotten in the way of the game.
Saturday's Hawaii-Louisiana Tech game took 3 hours 56 minutes to play. There were numerous stoppages, including a 22-minute delay in the second quarter while officials tried to figure if Hawaii had been given five downs to secure a first down.
It's not uncommon to see 7-10 stoppages per game to review on-field calls, but if replay is being used to keep track of downs, then it's time college football take another look at how the technology is being used.
Update: The Western Athletic Conference has issued an apology for the 22-minute delay in the game.
The biggest blown call of the weekend happened in Ann Arbor, where a replay official awarded Michigan's Brandon Minor a touchdown after the on-field referee ruled Minor was out of bounds when he caught a 19-yard pass from Steven Threet and hit the pylon.
"The people in the replay booth made a mistake," Delany said. "It wasn’t a mistake of judgment; it was a mistake of an application of the rule. They applied the wrong rule and they applied it improperly."
No wonder Southeastern Conference defenses have been the rage this season. Check out these video frames sent to us by reader Jon. Louisiana State is caught with a 12th defender on the field Saturday night against South Carolina, but it somehow went unnoticed by the officials. Video of the play is at the bottom.
Update: Joe Person of the Columbia State reports that the Wilbur Hackett Jr., the umpire involved in the play, was a three-year starter at linebacker for Kentucky in the late-1960s.