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ACC suspends officials from Miami-Duke game

League notes several errors

Miami Hurricanes players celebrate with Corn Elder, who scored the game-winning touchdown against Duke.
Miami Hurricanes players celebrate with Corn Elder, who scored the game-winning touchdown against Duke.


MIAMI – The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended the game officials, replay officials, and communicator involved in Saturday's Miami-Duke football game.

According to the ACC, the two-game punishment stems from errors on the last play of the game.

The ACC ruled that the replay official made a mistake in not overturning that a Miami player had his knee down, which would have ended the game.

The ACC claims the officials should have called a block in the back at Miami's 16-yardline.

The ACC said officials were wrong to pick up a flag on the block in the back call at the 26-yard line.

John Swofford, the ACC commissioner said, "The quality of our officiating program is of the highest importance to the league and its schools, and the last play of the game was not handled appropriately," ACC Commissioner John Swofford said. "...Officiating is an extraordinarily difficult job but our players, coaches, programs and fans deserve the best that can be offered.  We will continue to strive to meet that standard."

The Hurricanes defeated the No. 22 Blue Devils, 30-27.

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