Notes: Questionable calls don't go Maryland's way late in loss to Mountaineers

  • Randy Edsall was unhappy with several of the officiating decisions in the Terps' loss to West Virginia on Saturday.
Randy Edsall was unhappy with several of the officiating decisions… (Mitch Stringer / USA Today…)
September 13, 2014|By Matt Zenitz | Baltimore Sun Media Group

COLLEGE PARK — The Maryland football team had plenty of self-inflicted wounds in Saturday's 40-37 loss to West Virginia.

The Terps also did not get much help from the officials, most notably during the game's final minutes.

First, officials marked Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown a yard short of a first down after a run on which the quarterback appeared to cross the first-down marker at the 37-yard line.

Instead, officials marked the ball at the 36. Maryland fullback Kenny Goins (Gilman) was stopped for a 5-yard loss on the next play, and West Virginia's offense get the ball back with 2 minutes, 35 seconds left in the quarter for its eventual game-winning drive.

"I thought I was at least 2 yards ahead of where they spotted it," Brown said, adding: "That's a tough one."

What most bothered Terps coach Randy Edsall was that the game wasn't stopped to give the review booth more time to determine whether the call on the field was correct.

"We have a system in place that coaches shouldn't have to use their timeouts to do that," Edsall said. "And I think it contradicts everything that they say about instant replay if we have to use our timeouts to do that, because if I've got a question about it, then the people up reviewing it should have a question about it and should go through the process of doing that."

A questionable no-call came on the final play of the game. West Virginia kicker Josh Lambert moved before attempting his 47-yard, game-winning field goal as time expired. Lambert conceded after the game that he moved before the snap, which should have resulted in a 5-yard penalty.

But the officials did not see it, and Lambert hit the decisive field goal.

"I didn't see that," Edsall said. "The only thing that I'll make a comment on is that I always review the film. And if there's questions I have in terms of the officiating, then I have the opportunity to submit those calls to the Big Ten crew. Then they can evaluate it and tell me if I'm right or wrong based on what I see. That's the kind of procedure I go through every weekend."

Edsall critical of rules

Unlike in the NFL, the clock in college football games stops whenever a team picks up a first down. That often leads to longer games with more plays.

Edsall has complained about the sport's clock rules before, and he was again critical after the game Saturday.

Most teams run between 60 to 70 plays on offense a game. West Virginia finished with 108.

"When you continually stop the clock for moving the first downs, I think there's issues," Edsall said. "All these things that you hear with the health and welfare and safety of the student-athlete, I think something has to be looked into and something has to change."

End zone

Maryland running back Wes Brown was held out of the game in what Edsall said was "a head coach's decision." … Outside linebacker and Towson High graduate Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (foot) and inside linebacker L.A. Goree (back) missed the game. … Sophomore linebacker Yannick Ngakoue, who started in place of Cudjoe-Virgil, had three tackles for losses for the second straight game. In all, the Terps had 10 tackles for losses. … Defensive lineman Andre Monroe had nine tackles, including 1.5 for losses, and a sack.

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