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Irish Insights


Controversial calls

Two calls in Notre Dame’s 23-17 win over Pittsburgh are sure to keep fans talking this week.

The ruling that Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri threw an incomplete pass from the end zone on the first play of the final drive raised eyebrows, and the pass interference call on Theo Riddick that negated Michael Floyd’s 44-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter was also questionable.

Irish coach Brian Kelly challenged the call on Sunseri’s incomplete pass, which was only ruled incomplete because a running back was near the spot where the quarterback threw the ball to the ground,

“We got some information that it possibly hit a lineman, which would be illegal touch in the end zone,” Kelly said. “It was simply a call that he made. It was a judgment call that he said was an incomplete pass. We were looking at it a lot differently.”

Kelly was more concerned with Riddick being called for a pick, and said he fundamentally disagreed with the call after watching it several times.

“I will have a conversation with our supervisor of referees,” Kelly said. “Been running the play a long time, never had it called. Because we run it the right way. That will be a conversation that we will have to have, and we will straighten that out.”