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What was the deal with that pylon touchdown call in the Michigan vs. Michigan State game?

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Sitting in the newsroom watching the game, our little quorum of journalists could not believe when the referees went up to the replay booth and returned a touchdown call on the catch by Michigan's Brandon Minor.

michtd.jpgIf we understand correctly, it was ruled a touchdown because Minor's foot hit the pylon in the air.  Our tiny brains thought that the receiver needed to establish contact with the ground in order for it to be a catch.

Judging by Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio's reaction, he concurs.

Can anyone tell us the ruling on this? Do you agree or disagree with the call?

UPDATE: Looks like ABC has a team working on this. Here's what they came up with:

fake rule.jpgThe plot thickens.

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I was curious too and was sure the officials were wrong. So, I did what any lawyer football fan would do--I looked at the NCAA rules. You can get them here: http://www.ncaapublications.com/Uploads/PDF/Football_Rulesadc982b5-03fb-4e27-828c-c2d26b95e6c1.pdf

And I would direct your attention to pages FR-80 and FR-81. Rule 4, Section 2 (Out of Bounds), Article 1.b states in full "A player or an airborne player who touches a pylon is out of bounds."

So, I think it is pretty clear that the replay official in charge screwed it up. Granted, I didn't read the entire rule book, but this rule would seem to cover the situation. Bummer for Michigan State fans.

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