Unless the NCAA has changed the rules this year, then a defensive holding penalty is added to the end of a run.
Use of Hands or Arms by Defense
ARTICLE 4. a. Defensive players may use hands and arms to push, pull,
ward off or lift offensive players when attempting to reach the runner.
b. Defensive players may not use hands and arms to tackle, hold or
otherwise illegally obstruct an opponent other than a runner.
PENALTY—10 yards from the basic spot [S42].
For the first time I was happy with the certainly crappy officiating against K-State. I think that was the first time it has actually helped us out a little.
A passer must be under duress to commit grounding in the yardage-loss situation.
If he throws a pass where no eligible receiver could have caught it, but was not
threatened by defensive players bearing down on him when he did so, there is
no grounding foul.
As for the “reasonable opportunity to catch” part of the rule, the question is not
whether an eligible receiver was in the vicinity of where the passer threw the pass, but instead is whether he was in the vicinity and could reasonably have caught the
ball. For instance, imagine a passer under duress retreating about 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage and, in desperation, throwing the ball at the feet of a
receiver running downfield. Although the pass lands within two or three feet of the receiver, the fact that he was looking downfield and did not even know where the
ball was meant he had no reasonable opportunity to make a catch. Therefore,
grounding should be called.
I'm not blaming the refs for this call, its purely a judgement call, but, when a player is in the grasp (Protecting the QB) and he throws the ball at his rb feet, thats reason to throw the flag which is exactly what happened - shouldnt have been overturned.
Go clones, the flags didnt stop us from beating them fair and square...save the whine for the crackers and cheese....
I replayed this several times after I got home and the RB wasn't hardly within 10 yards of where the ball was being thrown at. Still, I guess it's all judgement as to if the throw was altered by the QB being pulled down when he threw the ball.