ACC: Replay should have added 1 second to UNC-Wake game

Field Level Media

September 14, 2019 at 6:51 pm.

The Atlantic Coast Conference admitted the replay official erred in not looking at the final play of the North Carolina-Wake Forest game on Friday night, the result being the Tar Heels were denied a final play.

Game officials ruled that running back Michael Carter’s forward progress had been stopped at the Wake Forest 43 as time expired in a 24-18 win for the Demon Deacons.

“Following a review of the available footage provided from the television broadcast, it has been determined that one second remained when the on-field official indicated that the ball carrier’s forward progress had been stopped at the 43-yard line,” ACC supervisor of football officials Dennis Hennigan said in a statement.

“Since the on-field officials ruled that time had expired on the play, the replay official should have stopped the game for further review and put one second on the clock. … All disciplinary measures related to the replay officials are being handled internally and the ACC considers this matter closed.”

North Carolina didn’t have any timeouts but might have gotten a snap off after a replay review as officials would have spotted the ball at the 43 and started the clock on the referee’s signal.

Officials immediately left the field after the final play.