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Why Officials Did Not Review a Potential Lynn Bowden Fumble on the Final Belk Bowl Drive

There was more than one close call in the final minutes of the Belk Bowl. One almost cost Kentucky a chance to score the final touchdown.

A play after Chris Rodriguez was stuffed on third and two — a call many Kentucky fans were not happy with after the game — Lynn Bowden’s number was called with 1:01 to play on fourth and one.

Bowden lowered his shoulder into a group of bodies at the line of scrimmage. As the pile stalled, officials blew the play dead just past the line to gain. As the dust settled, Virginia Tech linebacker Alan Tisdale ran from the pile with the ball in his hand. If you don’t specifically remember the play, watch it unfold below.

Kentucky quickly got to the line of scrimmage to snap the ball. While the chains moved and the official set the ball, Justin Fuente argued the play should be reviewed. After the game he recalled his interaction with the official and explained why he didn’t burn a timeout to give replay officials more time to reconsider.

“They review all that stuff,” Fuente said. “The whole taking a challenge flag timeout deal in college football, they’re reviewing it. The guy tells me that they reviewed it and it’s been confirmed, don’t waste your timeout. They said it was it stopped forward progress or whatever it was, but he said don’t even don’t waste it.”

Kentucky snapped the ball quickly once it was set, however, the video does not illustrate how long it took officials to set the ball and start the clock. The umpire waited a solid 30 seconds before the Big 12 replay official radioed instructions to continue play.

Did Bowden actually keep possession of the football before the referees blew the play dead to forward progress? Luckily for Kentucky, there was not a camera angle to prove otherwise.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 Comments for Why Officials Did Not Review a Potential Lynn Bowden Fumble on the Final Belk Bowl Drive



  1. Catuary
    11:28 am January 2, 2020 Permalink

    Slow day? This was obvious as soon as the announcers said forward progress was ruled.



  2. gobble gobble
    11:28 am January 2, 2020 Permalink

    Obviously, bc the play was blown dead by a whistle bc Bowden’s forward progress was stopped. For sure not a fumble. Also, AJ Rose’s “fumble” definitely wasn’t a “fumble”. The entire stadium saw in real time that Rose was down almost a full second before the ball was stripped out…



    • meeksfor3
      11:32 am January 2, 2020 Permalink

      They got the benefit of the AJ Rose fumble that wasn’t a fumble not to mention the missed horse collar tackle on AJ that would have given us an additional 15 yards on the series before Lynn’s 61 yard TD run.



  3. az1006
    11:55 am January 2, 2020 Permalink

    The AJ Rose fumble is why the way they utilize replay is all wrong. The rule is there has to be “indisputable” evidence to overturn the call on the field. That’s ridiculous. Because the replay official is at the mercy of the camera angles they have available (and for some unknown reason not one camera apparently existed with the backside view of the play). And, now, officials are taught to swallow the whistle and let replay sort it out. In this case, poor camera angles didn’t provide for “indisputable” evidence, although there was no clear evidence he fumbled either. Play should’ve been blown dead in the first place.



    • 4everUKBlue
      12:05 pm January 2, 2020 Permalink

      The backside camera was dedicated to Bud Foster, covering a legend of his magnitude is much more important than getting a bad call reviewed and reversed.



  4. JASUN74
    12:13 pm January 2, 2020 Permalink

    Why even put something like this in the heads of all the people who hate Kentucky? Why Nick??? It was clearly forward progress and the ref blew the whistle making the play finished!!!! Of course you know that and just want to try to cause drama. I bet you hated we won that game. You a Big fan of Virginia Tech also?



    • Jester
      2:35 pm January 2, 2020 Permalink

      Just how many Kentucky haters do you think are reading an article on a little-known UK blog 3-4 days after the game is over??

      We won, nothing can change that.



    • JASUN74
      3:34 pm January 2, 2020 Permalink

      Little known UK Blog? This is one of, if not the top Kentucky site in the country, so yeah, I’d say quite a few thousand lurkers per day come here! Also, you are correct it’s only been a couple days, so yes I’m sure their football boards are trying to find anything they can. If you don’t understand that then I can’t help you.

      Some fans actually talk about their teams my friend. It actually a huge Business and The way Virginia Tech claims your be a top Football program I’m sure they’re smart enough to find ammunition to talk about.

      Also, Just because in your world some sports fans aren’t nuts, that doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Go to the Louisville board and see if they’ll use stuff from here. That goes for anyone else that thinks they should beat us but get beat down.



  5. BobbyBlue
    1:01 pm January 2, 2020 Permalink

    Is Nick trying to be the Jerry Tipturd of KSR,for the football program ?



  6. JASUN74
    3:36 pm January 2, 2020 Permalink

    He’s trying his best BobbyBlue!! Lol.