Six of the seven referees at the heart of the controversial finish to the University of Wisconsin's football game at Arizona State were back on the field Saturday night in Provo, Utah — a week after their debacle in Tempe, Ariz. — working the non-conference game between Utah and BYU.
And it appears their body of work was as well-received by BYU fans as it was by Badgers fans a week earlier in Tempe.
As detailed in the report on the game by KSL-TV in Provo posted above, the Pac-12 crew — led by referee Jack Folliard and umpire Doug Wilson, whose crew botched the final 18 seconds of the Badgers' loss at ASU — was pelted with an assortment of ice, popcorn and soda as they left the field. Visiting Utah, a Pac-12 team, pulled out a 20-13 victory over the Cougars.
The Pac-12 allegedly "reprimanded" and took "additional sanctions" against the crew after the Badgers-ASU game, but it remains unclear when those punishments will kick in. Instead, the crew was assigned to the Utah-BYU game — also known as the "Holy War" — and again struggled with an assortment of on-field calls and booth-review situations.
Jared Lloyd of our sister paper, the Provo (Utah) Daily Herald, condemned the actions of the BYU fans in a column posted to the paper's Website Monday.
In it he writes: "But I also get sick of timeless tradition of blaming officiating for every loss. ... Yes, I know the history of the PAC-12 officials that were reprimanded for not getting the ball set correctly in the Wisconsin-Arizona State game the week before.
"As far as I could tell, they were perfect in that area — which meant what anger the home crowd had (had) nothing to do with what they had so famously messed up the week previously."
Dave Noriega, a sports producer for KSL-TV, details this week's debauchery in this blog on the station's Website. Here are some of the Twitter exchanges he had with BYU fans, asking them to offer their opinions on what they deemed the most outrageous officiating gaffes that led to the reaction.
See if any of these sound familiar:
@davenoriega phantom hold on kick return. The discrepancies in what was considered pass interference for byu and not utah— Davey Scott Alleman (@AllemanDavey) September 22, 2013
@davenoriega the punt Utah dropped and byu recovered for a touchdown. Somehow the returners hands no longer count as touching?— Jared Scoresby (@jrscoresby) September 22, 2013
Don't get us started on the delicious irony that the two teams wronged by the crew — UW and BYU — will meet Nov. 9 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.
You don't suppose that UW athletic director Barry Alvarez, just for grins, would work to have a certain officiating crew ... nah!