The latest conference to make its officials, rather than players and coaches, the story is the ACC, as tonight's Clemson-North Carolina State game was marred by a botched call that reversed a Wolfpack touchdown and led to one for the Tigers.
Bryan Underwood's blockbuster 83-yard rush to the end zone was determined to have been a much less impressive 36-yard run by a trailing official who believed Underwood stepped out of bounds. Video replay suggests pretty strongly he never touched the sideline, and for unknown reasons the play wasn't reviewed. A few downs later, N.C. State turned the ball over, and a few after that Clemson scored to go up 20-7. Without question, that's on the Wolfpack. But any reasonable observer has to conclude they never should have had to run the plays to begin with. [ESPN]