Pac-12 officiating blasted by fans, media, and former USC players after loss to Utah
The 20th-ranked Utah Utes wouldn’t be denied Saturday night at home. Utah welcomed No. 7 USC to Rice-Eccles Stadium where the environment was electric all evening. It caused the Trojans a number of procedural issues that led to flags, including on USC’s final drive of the game as it attempted to get into field goal range for a game-winner.
The crowd exploded just moments earlier after Utah quarterback Cameron Rising ran in a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down and then converted the two-point play to give Utah a 43-42 lead that proved to be the final scoreline.
The touchdown was one of Rising’s five total scores on the evening, but fans, media, and former players alike were all calling into question a handful of those touchdowns after the game.
Utah twice scored off of drives that were extended by questionable penalties. In the first quarter, a Calen Bullock interception was wiped away by a personal foul call on Stanley Ta’ufo’ou. Utah scored a 12-yard touchdown on the very next play.
A fourth-quarter possession that ended with a Utah score to tie the game at 35-all featured four flags thrown against USC — a personal foul call on Nick Figueroa, a defensive holding call that was declined by Utah, and two defensive pass interference calls.
No one was happy with the officiating during or after the loss. USC was flagged a total of 12 times for 93 yards while Utah was flagged five times for 42 yards.
Let me reiterate … THE REFS THAT OFFICIATED TONIGHTS GAME WERE ABSOLUTELY AWFUL AND CHANGED THE OUTCOME OF THIS GAME! However, you deserve to lose if you give up 230 yards to a TE… Gotta be real about it.
— Su’a (@iammsuzy) October 16, 2022
Pac-12 officials have been terrible today.
— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) October 16, 2022
Na this is an issue. YOU’RE CHANGING THE GAME !! BAD CALLS. 2 of them have now changed this game in Utah’s favor. Ridiculously bad officiating by these PAC 12 refs
— Su’a (@iammsuzy) October 16, 2022
This is an all-time Pac-12 refs performance tonight.
— Antonio Morales (@AntonioCMorales) October 16, 2022
Pretty crazy that Pac-12 refs were trying to cheat to help a Big Ten team.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 16, 2022
My problem with Pac-12 refs is that they are legitimately bad at the basic elements of their job, not just the judgements but the literal application of rules.
— Alicia de Artola Castillo (@PenguinOfTroy) October 16, 2022
Worst officiated game I've seen in awhile. And I've watched Pac-12 refs for YEARS.
— RichSC (@OriginalRichSC) October 16, 2022
Pac-12 refs need to say less.
— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) October 16, 2022
Refs won that for Utah. Roughing the passer rather than a turnover that instead turned into a touchdown. PAC 12 looked like they called it in. Refs were atrociously one sided tonight.
— Scott Tyler Felix (@scottstarrfelix) October 16, 2022
Nick Figueroa called for roughing the passing with targeting.
Yet, there was neither on the play. WOW! Pac-12 refs treating Cam Rising like Tom Brady tonight.
— Shotgun Spratling (@ShotgunSpr) October 16, 2022
That might be the worst targeting call I've ever seen by these Pac-12 refs. They've been atrocious.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 16, 2022
The two questionable roughing the passer calls against #USC resulted in Utah TDs, both on third down and one that wiped off a red-zone interception
— Chris Treviño (@ChrisNTrevino) October 16, 2022
Pac 12 refs are wild man lol
— Cyrus Smith (@CoolCyWrites) October 16, 2022
Pac-12 refs are a special breed of dumb
— Dylan Reubenking (@drksportsnews) October 16, 2022