Rea's Say: Zebras Need To Do A Better Job

Managing Editor
Posted Sep 25, 2009

It's not what Big Ten officiating crews call, it's what they don't call that raises question marks. See what we mean along with the regular Friday features: OSU-Illinois Tidbits, This Week In College Football History, news from Around the Country and the Fearless Forecast.

Consider this my semi-regular screed on Big Ten officiating on the day before Illinois running back Daniel Dufrene makes his return to Ohio Stadium.

You remember Dufrene, don’t you? He’s the guy who took a simple draw play and ran 80 yards against Ohio State on the Fighting Illini’s second offensive play in 2007. On the next play, Illinois scored a touchdown and went on to upset the top-ranked Buckeyes, 28-21.

Of course, Dufrene clearly lost control of the football when OSU cornerback Donald Washington pushed him from behind, but the officiating crew headed by referee Stephen Pamon made no fumble call. Members of the Ohio State defense protested to no avail and the play was never reviewed.

Read the rest by clicking on this link: Rea's Day Blog: Sept. 25.

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