i noted that as well. unless he put his hand up prior to the signal they showed on replay, i think the refs got it wrong
Fair Catch Rule
Gallon's hand never went anywhere close to above his head, which is what's required for a fair catch. Just poor officiating .
In instances like that where the officials obviously couldn't see exactly what he did, they either need to let it go or use replay. Don't call a penalty just because "it looked funny."
and if it was a fair catch, he seemed to begin advancing the ball because purdue players were bearing down on him, not giving him fair room to catch it before they started to pursue him. seemed like a violation by them, not us, but that may be homerism.
Question though, if it WAS a fair catch, is advancing the ball an automatic delay of game? Because that doesn't seem like that big of a deal if they just blow the whistle, players run the ball a few yards after a whistle all the time.
There is no halo rule anymore. They can get as close to him as they want without actually touching him, even on a fair catch.
While there's no halo rule, you cannot interfere with a catch, and you don't have to touch the guy to interfere.
It seemed like a very late penalty caused by eveeryone on Purdue's sideline going crazy and the refs noticing Gallon did something with his hand. A bad call, but thankfully of little consequence with respect to the winners.
he was waving it off to signal the other players to get away from it, and once an opening cleared he decided to play the ball. In no way did he signal fair catch.
Just another day at the ballpark.
I agree with Mich_faithful, he was telling people to move out of his way.
clearly above his head
I watched the game on a low-quality internet stream, but his hand did not seem to be above his head to me.
I'm sorry - what did you say? I'm too busy looking at your avatar... mmmm boobies.
The same thing happened in the UConn-Pitt game the other night, when the UConn punt returner waved his arms to the side and then bolted for another 25 yards. Of course, the officials got it wrong again then too and called him for delay of game. Bad calls all around.
Sorry guys, but the call was correct. Rule 2-7(3) states that ANY waving signal that is not a valid signal (definition provided by the OP) is an invalid signal.
Our punt returner clearly made a "waving signal", ostensibly to warn away our blockers from the ball.
"No Team B player shall carry a caught or recovered ball more than two steps in any direction after a valid or invalid fair catch signal by any Team B player.
PENALTY—Dead-ball foul. Five yards from the succeeding spot." Rule 6-5(2)
So what does an "invalid signal" mean if you still can't advance it? It sounds like that rule means that any waving signal is essentially a fair catch signal. Is the defense allowed to tackle you on an invalid signal?
There's this rule; 6-5-3:
Team A’s scrimmage kick is rolling beyond the neutral zone when B17 alerts his teammates to stay away from the ball by a “get away” signal at his waist or below. RULING: Invalid signal. The ball is dead by rule when either team recovers.
If they used this, then Gallon's attempt to return the kick probably is fairly called delay of game.
Seems a little contradictory to the rule pointed out by the OP, but I'm sure that's not the only inconsistency in the NCAA rule book.
I thought he didn't want anyone to touch it at first so he gave a "wave it off" sign, then he realized he did want to field it and try to run, so he did? I don't think he was even trying to signal fair catch...
I don't know, I'll have to watch the play again.
As usual the officiating was incompetent on many of the calls. The facemask on Stonum was complete horse crap, and he was arm barred before the ball got there. Molk gets called for holding on a textbook pancake, and did I mention I lose 5 years of my life everytime I have to listen to what the B10 network passes off as commentators.
So if it was a fair catch, why wasn't the played whistled dead? And did the Purdue players pursue him if they really thought it was a valid signal? But it just shows the joke of big ten officials.