An officiating source explained that a runner ruled to have scored a touchdown is covered by the same rule as a runner called down in the middle of the field. Even if replay shows that the fumble occurred before the touchdown or before the runner is down, there must be “clear recovery in an immediate, continuing action … once the ball gets lost in the pile, clear goes away.”
Officiating, of course, is often a hot-button topic in sports. It has arguably reached an all-time high with replacement refs during the first three weeks of the NFL season, culminating with a controversial call on Monday Night Football less than a week ago. Officials awarded Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate a touchdown on a Hail Mary play as time expired when it appeared Green Bay Packers' safety M.D. Jennings had come down with the interception.
Obviously, the fumble/no fumble call at BPS Saturday night was not nearly as egregious. It's not even the biggest reason why the Cowboys lost the game. But it was still a crucial moment in a crucial game.
Gundy said he has not actively sought a deeper explanation of the play and call, but thinks he could get one from the conference in the coming days. He's also never been fined by the Big 12 for speaking out about officiating.
And since that Sunday-morning viewing session, Gundy has not brought that call up to his team or coaches. And it's certainly not something the Cowboys plan to dwell on as they head into their second bye week.
“They won't,” Gundy said. “In that area, (the players) are fairly well-trained. They know that they can't change calls. I have not heard one comment from them. It hasn't been discussed with anybody on our coaching staff.”