The gist of Steve Sarkisian’s feeling after Saturday’s game wasn’t necessarily that he was certain Kevin Smith caught the 4th-and-10 pass that was eventually ruled incomplete and ended Washington’s attempt at a comeback victory against Stanford.
More accurately, the Huskies coach simply didn’t think there was sufficient video evidence to overturn the initial ruling that the pass had been completed for a first down. That opinion didn’t change after he watched the film.
“I think it was a very difficult call to make at the moment of the call. It was ruled a catch, and I accepted the fact that it was ruled a catch. If they had ruled it incomplete, I would have accepted that it was ruled incomplete,” Sarkisian said.
“But it was ruled a catch, so we went with the call. The explanation from the Pac-12, using the same video we saw from the JumboTron, the back angle that the ESPN shot was, it was conclusive that it was not a catch. I disagree, but that’s just my opinion. I don’t think that was conclusive, but again, I’m not an official. I’m a football coach, so my opinion varies in importance when it comes to those things.”
— Sticking with the controversy theme, Sarkisian was asked about his thoughts on some Stanford injuries that he accused the Cardinal of faking during a postgame radio interview on KJR.
He was less talktative about the subject on Monday.
“As far as the injuries are concerned,” Sarkisian said, “we saw what we saw, and I’m going to leave it at that.”
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