Poor camera work and a perhaps inattentive official cost East Washington three points in its season opener in Idaho on Saturday.
Big Sky Conference official – who appears to be returning judge Ben Cheffers – ruled that Seth Harrison’s 24-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter hit the right, but he appeared to be out of position and not watch the kick because it was adapting. his mask as the balloon moved towards him.
Harrison and Eagles coaches protested the kick hit the bottom of the scoreboard above the uprights, but the appeal remained in video review. For a visual, here’s how close the uprights and dashboard are to each other in this end area of Kibbie Dome.
This leads to the second failure on this part: the replay booth could not tell if the bullet hit the dashboard or the upright due to poor live video and the lack of other camera angles as a result. of foot.
The live shot was a field-level look from behind eastern Washington, with the top of the studs cut off. There were cameras above the end area behind the uprights, but it’s unclear if they were part of the Big Sky broadcast.
The Uhhh Eastern Washington kicker just threw a 22 yard field goal and something happened and the ball hit the scoreboard after going through the uprights and the umpires got confused and just looked around and got it. called no good. Holy shit, it’s worse than the fifth. pic.twitter.com/apT5r9cJlD
– Graham Coffey (@DawgOutWest) February 28, 2021
With the replay booth unable to see the bullet hitting the scoreboard, and without secondary video to provide confirmation, Eastern Washington was unlucky.
A basket would have given East Washington a 24-21 lead with 11 minutes remaining. Idaho won the game 28-21 on a touchdown in the last minute.
The Big Sky had not commented on the call at the start of Sunday.