Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has lashed out at ACC officials following his team's dramatic loss to Florida State Saturday night, questioning a late offensive pass interference call that negated what would have almost certainly been the game-winning touchdown for the Irish.
Everett Golson's pass to the right side was completed for a touchdown, but the play was called back after it appeared an Irish receiver screened a defender out of the way without making an effort to run a route. Kelly saw the play differently:
"(Fuller) did not go out of his way to impede the defender. The official that was furtherest from the play though differently." - Kelly— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) October 19, 2014
Kelly cited precedent, both from his own team and from others, as his reasoning for why the play should not have been flagged.
"It's a pretty common play in the NCAA… It's hard for me to put it all together." — #NotreDame HC Brian Kelly— Douglas Farmer (@D_Farmer) October 19, 2014
Brian Kelly: "We execute that play every day, and we do it legally. We don't coach illegal plays."— Rachel Terlep (@eTruth_Irish) October 19, 2014
Kelly blamed the result of the play on Florida State's defense, and did not seem confident in a positive resolution when further discussions take place with the conference.
"Florida State blew the coverage and they got rewarded for it." - Brian Kelly— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) October 19, 2014
"We'll have our conversation with the supervisor of ACC officials later this afternoon & I'm sure we'll get even less clarification" — Kelly— Douglas Farmer (@D_Farmer) October 19, 2014
Kelly also said there was another play missed by the officials on Notre Dame's last drive.
#NotreDame HC Brian Kelly on FSU player taking helmet off after that last play: "They said that they missed the call."— Rachel Terlep (@eTruth_Irish) October 19, 2014
Kelly stopped short of blaming the loss on the officials, suggesting it was the team's responsibility not to be in that situation in the first place.
"When you get a team like this and you outplay them, you gotta put them away." - Brian Kelly— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) October 19, 2014