WATCH: North Carolina-Wake Forest game ends on controversial call
Friday night’s clash of ACC teams that won’t count in the ACC standings ended on a controversial call.
North Carolina was driving down 24-18 n the game’s final possession. Tar Heels RB Michael Carter appeared to get out of bounds with :01 left on the clock (at least on the broadcast clock), but the officials said the game was over. UNC would have faced the difficult task of needing a touchdown on the final play, but it appears Mack Brown’s squad deserved a shot.
Here’s the supercut of the wild finish to UNC @ Wake – QB caught a batted pass, massive hit at the line to gain, big rush, and a total failure at clock management pic.twitter.com/pWwafWow2W
— CFB Gif’er (@CFBgifer) September 14, 2019
North Carolina and Wake Forest scheduled the game to keep the in-state rivalry alive instead of waiting on the ACC rotation, so the game does not count in the ACC standings. The Demon Deacons jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first half. In the fourth quarter, UNC ralled to score three points in the third quarter and 15 more in the fourth quarter.
The ending had college football Twitter talking:
UNC-Wake Forest refs: pic.twitter.com/TO4fRZGl8F
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 14, 2019
Well, that’s an unfortunate end for the Tar Heels.. wow
— Clint Lamb (@ClintRLamb) September 14, 2019
Did they explain on tv why that North Carolina kid wasn’t out of bounds with one second on the clock?
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) September 14, 2019
The explanation offered was the clock official does not stop the clock until the on-field signals for it to stop, but CFB fans had more questions about forward progress on the play and the clock stopping for a first down.
They said clock official doesnt stop clock til on field official signals them too
— Daniel Bramlette (@DannyBrams) September 14, 2019
They should have, yes. Probably couldn’t have gotten the snap off when “ready to play” was whistled but still…
— AC’s Dad (@RollTideJT) September 14, 2019