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Colgate's high over the break deflated rapidly: there was a flag on the play. Clipping call against Horan. "I saw the kicker get belted," veteran official John Goldsmith explained. "Pushing or shoving from behind is a clip under normal circumstances." The ball was returned to the line of scrimmage—the procedure on a loose ball before the exchange of a ball—and a 15-yard penalty stepped off against Colgate. Instead of the Red Raiders having a first down on the Rutgers 16, Rutgers had a first down on the Colgate 31. Whatever momentum Colgate had was gone. So, in time, was the game.
But Goldsmith, as he freely admitted later, was wrong. "I blew it," he said. "I regret the call." The rules say a player attempting to recover a loose ball can push an opponent out of the way without incurring a clipping penalty. After reviewing films of the game Art Hyland, supervisor of Eastern College Athletic Conference officials, said, "He called a clip when it was not possible to have a clip. In retrospect, I would have hoped the other officials would have overruled the call."
Fred Gruninger, Rutgers' athletic director, reacted peevishly to Hyland's comment. "The supervisor of officials shouldn't be saying that," he declared. "I'm going to make a strong complaint. He'll have to review the entire game to see if there weren't other mistakes."
As for Colgate Coach Fred Dunlap, he said he was glad Horan, who had been called the goat of the game, was off the hook. He also said, "I have no ill feelings toward Rutgers. It wasn't their fault. It was a wonderful game between two fine teams."
Goldsmith said, "I have a lot of respect for Dunlap and his assistants. They didn't get on my back the rest of the game, as many teams do. In fact, I'd like nothing better than to work the Colgate- Rutgers game next year."
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