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Author Topic: NCAA finally changes rule after 2015 Auburn-Louisville debacle  (Read 89 times)

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ACC Coordinator of Officials Dennis Hennigan explained teams will be given the option to stop the clock after penalties in the final two minutes.

Tigers were holding on to a 21-14 lead and trying to run out the clock at the Georgia Dome and were called for holding. There are different timing rules in the final two minutes and Bobby Petrino called a timeout thinking the clock would continue running once the ball was set for play. There was a lot of confusion and the Louisville coach took a lot of heat.

Auburn failed to convert the third down and Louisville had one last chance to tie the game. But the Cardinals burned a timeout in a situation when it is not particularly clear they should have needed to. The Tigers ran their play with 52 seconds left and then took the clock down to give the Cardinals very little time.

“(That Louisville play) was our impetus to send in the rule-change proposal,” Hennigan told Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier Journal. “What (the new rule) does is it gives the coach of the team that’s behind the option to say, ‘I want to start this clock on the snap after you administer the foul.'”
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