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Bogus Roughing the Passer Penalty Ruins Team’s Upset Bid
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College football ain’t what it used to be. The hard hits and the truck sticks like Quentin Coryatt’s hit and Lawrence Wright’s crushing blow wouldn’t fly if referees saw them take place today.

Quarterbacks are more protected by penalties than ever before. Just take a look at the NFL, where Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers complain any time they’re thrown to the ground. Even NCAA coaches like Dan Mullen take major issue when it happens to his own quarterback.

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What happened in the Georgia Southern-Texas State over the weekend was a gross highlight of how soft college football has become.

Bogus Penalty Helps Georgia Southern

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Georgia Southern quarterback Shai Werts was tasked with converting on third-and-12 late in the fourth quarter with his team up 37-31.

Werts scrambled out of the pocket and was laid out by Texas State’s Hal Vinson in bounds by the sideline. Vinson was called for roughing the passer, though replay showed that was clearly bogus considering Werts still had the ball in his hands.

I’m sure Texas State’s sidelines weren’t happy about the call. Many media members on social media voiced their disappointment with the referees over the call. Can you blame them?

The call gave Georgia Southern 15 yards and a new set of downs. They eventually kicked a 20-yard chip shot field goal to create a nine-point lead.

Had this blown call not have taken place, Texas State likely would’ve gotten the ball down six points in a position to win the game. Texas State went on to score a late touchdown but ultimately lost to the Eagles, 40-38.

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Hopefully Texas State head coach Jake Spavital had something to say to about this to the Sun Belt Conference, because that call was horrendous. Winning is all that matters in college football and losing can lead to firings. Texas State dropped to 1-9 on the season, but this could’ve easily been a win.

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Patrick has spent parts of the last four years covering University of Florida athletics and spent two seasons with Major League Baseball. He's a baseball junkie who spends his days defending Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. A recent Gator grad, Patrick currently resides in Gainesville, Florida.
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