Doug Rhoads, the ACC's coordinator of football officials, told ESPN on Friday that after further review, “it is not clear” whether or not N.C. State's Bryan Underwood stepped out of bounds in last night's Clemson victory over N.C. State.
With Clemson leading 13-7 midway through the third quarter, Underwood sprinted 83 yards into the end zone on a jet-sweep, and one official signaled a touchdown.
Another official, however, who was trailing the play whistled the play dead because he thought Underwood stepped out of bounds.
Because the play was ruled dead, it was not eligible for review.
“In last night’s Clemson at NC State game, the official ruled the runner stepped out of bounds and whistled the ball dead,” Rhoads said in a prepared statement. “In conformance with NCAA Guidelines, the replay official properly recognized the play as one that was not eligible for review.
“Our office has viewed all available angles, each numerous times, in slow motion and freeze frame. It is not clear, in reviewing all angles, whether the runner stepped out of bounds or avoided any contact with the sideline. We recognize that within the number of images and angles viewed, some look like he did not step out of bounds while one looks like he did step out of bounds. In the end, this cannot be resolved beyond all doubt.”