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Colorado's last chance against Hawaii ruined by ref's delayed ball spot

Actual buffaloes have better hands than this referee.

Colorado trailed Hawaii, 28-20, very late in the teams' 2015 opener. The Buffaloes got the ball down inside the 10 with about 12 seconds to go, but had no timeouts. They needed to get one more quick snap off, score and convert the two-point conversion just to tie the Warriors and send this thing to overtime.

One problem: the official couldn't hang onto the dang ball.

The Buffs get the ball to the line judge umpire quickly, and it makes its way to the referee center judge (H/T commenter chaoslord08). Colorado gets back to the line of scrimmage in time, and should have been able to get the snap off with a couple of seconds to spare. But the ball bounces off Hawaii's No. 36 and the ref muffs it and is in the center's way preventing Colorado from getting the ball snapped in time. Hawaii wins.

We guarantee that in the future Colorado players will be delivering the ball personally to the line of scrimmage in late-game situations instead of relying on Pac-12 refs to get it there. And we also expect this kind of Pac-12 After Dark action has taught you a lesson about going to bed during college football season.


Hours later, a Buffaloes bus apparently broke down: