Big Sky: Officials missed big penalty

Big Sky: Officials missed big penalty
November 20, 2012, 12:31 pm
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OGDEN, Utah (AP) The Big Sky Conference says officials failed to call a penalty near the end of Northern Colorado's 28-27 victory over North Dakota on Saturday.

The Bears had 12 men on defense when they stopped North Dakota on fourth-and-1 from the Northern Colorado 34 with 35 seconds left. Instead of a 5-yard penalty and a first down, Northern Colorado took over and ran out the clock.

Big Sky Commissioner Doug Fullerton called it ``a major downgrade for every individual on the crew.''

The error, however, doesn't change the game's outcome. Both teams finished 5-6.

Last year, an incorrect penalty wiped out a Bears touchdown in the final seconds of their season finale, costing them a shot at avoiding an 0-11 season.