Iowa State had to hold off a furious rally at the end of the game to down UNLV 16-10 in controversial finish at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. UNLV had a shot at the end zone with seven seconds left and no time outs, but the officials ruled Rebels reciever failed to make a one-handed grab at the back of the end zone when it looked as though he was out of bounds.
The UNLV players did not leave the field for about 15 minutes after the game. UNLV coach Mike Sanford said after the game, “I thought the final play should have been reviewed. I really don’t believe we lsot, because the play wasn’t reviewed, it was to controversial to not review it.” Iowa State
Coach Dan McCarney says he only knows what the officials called. “The officials officiate, I coach and the officials told me the game was over. Period, end of story,” McCarney explained. Cyclone defensive back DeAndre Jackson says he thought the pass was incomplete, although he says he wasn’t that close to the play.
A report from official Tom Ahlers says he did review the play, but “did not overrule the play.”
MCarney says the game was sloppy, but it was a win. McCarney says though, he was pleased with the improvement of his defense in the second week.
McCarney says it is frustrating to blow a 13-point lead and have to go down to the wire to win for the second straight week. He said if his team would score more points then it would never come down to a last second play and he says his team is going to have to improve a lot before next week.Iowa State goes to in-state rival Iowa next Saturday.