BOWLING GREEN -- The University of Toledo football team found an unlikely supporter in its failed bid to have its loss to Syracuse overturned because of an officiating error.
Bowling Green State University football coach Dave Clawson expressed support for the Rockets after a missed extra point by the Orange in last Saturday's game was incorrectly judged to be good by Big East officials both on the field and in the replay booth. The call played a pivotal role in sending the contest to overtime, where Syracuse won 33-30.
"They are our rivals, but I do feel for them on this -- because what happened to them wasn't right," Clawson said. "With technology today, that shouldn't have happened.
"It's little consolation an hour later to say, 'We made a mistake. Sorry about it.'"
Clawson said he understands that there is no recourse to correct the decision once the game was over.
"There are a lot of calls after the fact that, if you corrected, you'd change a lot of scores and games," he said. "Who knows if the rest of games plays out differently?
"And if you're going to start changing the results of games, I have about 18 clips of film over my 23-yard career that I'd like to show you -- let's see if we can get those calls overturned. I think you open Pandora's Box if you do that."
Clawson said he sees only one solution to the problem of the blown call.
"You'd like [the officials] to get it right the first time," he said. "I think people on the outside don't realize the amount of work that goes into a season -- the amount of preparation, the amount of time. To play a game like that on the road, and to play at a high enough level to be in a position to win, [is hard].
"But through no fault of their program or players, [Toledo was] put at a major, major disadvantage. And to have something that should be correctable cost you the game? It hurts. And I feel for them."