The play from the 2011 BCS National Championship Game that Oregon Ducks fans are going to replay over and over — the all but game-sealing 37-yard run by Auburn Tigers RB Michael Dyer, during which Dyer initially appeared to be down. He hopped up and ran deep into field goal territory once Auburn’s sideline realized the whistle hadn’t blown. Upon further review, Dyer kind of, well, was down:
That wrist is clearly down, and there’s a clear precedent in a BCS bowl game from last week featuring an SEC team -- and a Big Ten team, too, with tonight's game reffed by Big Ten officials -- that a downed wrist counts as a play-ending event. Plus it's, you know, in the rule book.
Does it really matter? Probably not. These things happen anyway. Dyer showed just a few plays later that he was likely going to break another run anyway, as he nearly scored a touchdown later in the drive. And Wes Byrum could’ve certainly made the game-winning field goal from farther away than one yard out. But try telling that to a Ducks fan right now.