Photographic Proof that the Referees Really Were in Ohio State's Pocket Against Penn State

By Jason Priestas on October 28, 2013 at 1:44p
KNEW IT! – Balding white male from Harrisburg

If you spent any time on Penn State message boards following Ohio State's resounding 63-14 victory Saturday night – and you really should because their tears are delicious – you would have noticed a lot of complaining about missed holding calls and other officiating errors that led to a 49-point defeat for the Nittany Lions.

It's pretty easy to discount this as crazy talk from fans that don't like to be on the receiving end of a beating, but is it?

A very reliable tipster snapped this photo of the field judge from the Ohio State sideline Saturday night. We can assure you, it's not photoshop'd. (We can't promise you it wasn't someone on the sideline having a little fun at the field judge's expense, however).

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ATXbucknut's picture

That's bananas. I hate bananas. My daughter furtively puts banana stickers on my back all the time.   A sticker on my back does not make me a lover of yellow Dole produce.

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

My daughter furtively

Baby names just keep getting weirder and weirder.


jaxbuckeye's picture

Haha!  Good one!

Denny's picture

Yeah, you'd think people would not name their kid 'Furtively' just because the middle school years of being called 'Furry' and 'Fartively' would be reason enough to not name them that.
(says the guy who calls his unborn daughter 'Arfie')


ATXbucknut's picture

My son's name is Shifty.  I can't imagine what his nickname will be come middle school.

Poison nuts's picture

Better than the nickname I gave mine...little Financial Burden.
Disclaimer - this is a joke.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Dreadlord Artorious Earthshaker
Go big or go home.

hodge's picture

I hear that some babies prefer Stormageddon: Dark Lord of All.
Then again, I don't speak baby.

MN Buckeye's picture

but you are not too far from the truth, poison

chicagobuckeye's picture

You should be a glass half full guy. My little tax break

buckeyedude's picture

Surely you didn't name your daughter, "Furtively".



MN Buckeye's picture

and please don't call me surely

SC Buckeye's picture

Let the foil hat wearing comments commence!!!

Oyster's picture

I always thought the leaves were awarded after the game for good calls, not during the game...

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

gwalther's picture

I'm sure Black Shoe Diaries will react well to this considering they seem to have a malfunctioning LogicTron 4000 over at that site right now.

Class of 2008

Maestro's picture

If they were missing holding calls it was certainly a 2-way street from what my eyes saw.

vacuuming sucks

cal3713's picture

Maybe the PSU fans think it's a penalty for offensive linemen to push an opposing player 5 yards down field and then run them over.  It does provide an unfair advantage to the offense. 

saltybuck61's picture

Absolutely, there were definitely missed calls on Penn State's O-line if they think that the Bucks got away with some. The difference is the Buckeyes got to the quarterback, whereas PSU didn't.


Not sure what I find more hilarious, the photo itself or the fact someone went up to that ref and stuck that on him.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

BuckeyeChief's picture

I am gonna guess that came off El Guapo's helmet when he trucked a Shitany Lion!

"2014 National with it!!!"

GustavoFring's picture

Shitany Lion?  Really?

Alice in Aggieland's picture

My dad calls them the "Nitty kitties." Which is adorably offensive.

northwest_buckeye's picture

It's easier for Penn State fans to claim that the cards were stacked against them from the outset than to claim that their team is just a dumpster fire.

To each his own, I suppose.

I've never said I 'hate' anyone because that would imply I had any emotion for them whatsoever.

almurray10's picture

I love the whole "at least we have a good education, we care about things other than football" diss. Funny thing is, you only hear it from the losers.

d5k's picture

Penn State isn't any better than OSU in academics in general and is probably worse in a lot of areas.  They have a higher graduation rate but ours isn't that bad.

OSUStu's picture

You also only hear it from the football fans...not the kids that have themselves locked up in the library studying.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

MN Buckeye's picture

the same theme from the Cal game

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

There are a couple of differences...1) The only thing PSU fans truly care about is the football program. 2) PSU isn't academically superior to Ohio State.

TheBadOwl's picture

Regarding your second point, OSU and PSU are very similarly ranked academically, but we're typically about 10-15 spots behind. The difference is pretty negligible in that regard.
With that said, OSU is a much better national brand, and it's located in a major city that has the headquarters for a bunch of huge corporations. Columbus rocks. State College is in the middle of nowhere. So, with that considered, I think OSU is a much better place to go to college.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Looking at the various rankings:
US News & World Report - National University Rankings:
#37 (tie) PSU
#52 Ohio State
American Council of Trustees and Alumni (What Will They Learn?):
Ohio State - C
Forbes - America's Top Colleges:
#184 PSU
#188 Ohio State
National Research Council:
---Number of Rated Programs:
#2 (tie) Ohio State - 40 
#9 PSU - 36
---Avg of all scores
#17 Ohio State
#20 PSU
---Avg of Nonzero Scores
#31 PSU
#38 Ohio State
Parchment - Student Choice College Rankings:
#75 Ohio State
#198 PSU
Washington Monthly:
#37 Ohio State
#98 PSU
ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities)/Shanghai Ranking:
#35 PSU
#41 Ohio State
Center for World University Rankings:
#38 Ohio State
#45 PSU
HEEACT (Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan) - Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities:
#23 Ohio State
#31 PSU
IPCHEI (International Professional Classification of Higher Education Institutions) - Professional ranking of world universities
#63 PSU
#88 Ohio State
CWTS Leiden Ranking:
#51 PSU
#67 Ohio State
CMUP (Center for Measuring University Performance) - Top American Research Universities:
#41 PSU
#45 Ohio State
High Impact Universities - Research Performance Index:
#17 PSU
#26 Ohio State
SIR (SCImago Institutions Rankings):
#24 Ohio State
#26 PSU
THE (Times Higher Education) - World University Rankings:
#20 Ohio State
#25 PSU
Ohio State is ranked ahead of PSU in 9 of the 17 lists (counting the three NRC categories individually).

GustavoFring's picture

You researched 17 different ranking systems for both schools at 4 in the morning?  Sometimes I really wonder how many people here have jobs.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Several years ago I started a spreadsheet with the various rankings in order to create a composite rating for all the BCS schools. It was meant to use as a comparative tool when looking at future expansion candidates.
Edit: I should mention that I haven't updated it this year so most of the numbers are from the 2012 rankings. The most recent lists will have some movement but the annual changes are usually pretty minor.

GustavoFring's picture

Riiiight. And Grizzly Adams had a beard.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Where's Lee Trevino when you need him?

Haybucks's picture

we care about things other than football

Maybe now, but 2 years ago all they cared about was JoePa and his misguided reputation.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


Kaceybrown's picture

This is why I hate everyone in the B1G, besides the Bucks. 

BuckeyeChief's picture

I suppose Urban could have kneeled down on every second half possession and let them catch up. But since he didn't he is a low class (fill in whatever d word you want) and our kids don't care about education because their all losers and our degrees are only good to drive trucks since we won.
Funny, but I also think these beer can chuckin' losers would come over and troll hard if they won.

"2014 National with it!!!"

Maestro's picture

Wish I could remember the screen name of that dips@#$ PSU fan who trolled us for a while after the PSU sanctions came down.  Anyhow, Captain Dips@#$ is probably laying in the fetal position telling himself that it will all be okay and stroking himself with a pair of high-water pants.
edit : Wasn't his name MIEK or MI5K or something like that?

vacuuming sucks

BuckeyeChief's picture

Pretty sure it was MIEK...

"2014 National with it!!!"

flipbuckeye's picture

I believe it was M1EK. And I thought he also got banned from BSD. Even they didn't want him.

BuckeyeChief's picture

You are right!

"2014 National with it!!!"

45OH4IO's picture

Not gonna make fun of PSU fans whining about holding calls.
I have screamed about holding that hasn't been called at plenty  of an OSU/Wisconsin game. If anyone is a culprit, I would say it's the Badgers. They hold ALL the time.

sb97's picture

I was thinking the same thing.

Haybucks's picture

It's a real hug fest when Sparty dances with the Badgers.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

Maybe it is too early to dismiss the claims that the refs won this one for Ohio State. Extremely close games often hinge on 1 or 2 missed calls. As everyone knows, an extremely close game is any game decided by 7 or fewer touchdowns....or is it 7 or fewer points? I can never remember.

Jdole83's picture

This made me laugh outloud,  THX!

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Buckeye_Mafia's picture

It should have been worse.  I like how they dismiss the fact that our 2nd and 3rd team players were in the entire second half sans the opening two offensive drives.  The Allen Robinson touchdown would have never happened if it our starters were still on the field.  Clearly, Urban "ran it up" AND "the refs were on our side"...63-14?  Come on....AS I have said many times on this site I hate *ichigan more than words can describe.  I hate Penn State fans more... 

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

Haybucks's picture

That is called "selective recall" and it's obviously contagious to those that don't know Shit from Shinola.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


Firmthyfriendship's picture

Hey, the PSU fans are right. We are classless assholes. They, on the other hand are absolute gentlemen. Please see exhibit 'A'
I also love the irony of one of them saying our older fans "cry like 3 year olds whenever they lose"
A: he is crying and
B: we haven't had to "cry" for 20 straight games, but they have cried enough for everybody- tears for everybody! Are they not delicious?

IBleedSandG's picture

Wow. That YouTube clip is pretty ridiculous. Did the Buckeye fans get kicked out b/c they were beating everyone in beerpong or something? If you notice, none of the beers being thrown hit the poor OSU fan making his way out of that event.


Deadly Nuts's picture

Top comment on that vid is awesome! It made sense last year...

Pretty cocky, for a group that hasn't won a football game since '98...


daytonbuckeye's picture

Psycho State University!

3 85 yards and a cloud of dust.

BuckeyeChief's picture

I am pretty sure the back story was those guys were all in the same frat, and the PSU's decided to get drunk and throw full beer cans at their "Bros" before the game.

"2014 National with it!!!"

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Even if you give PSU the benefit of the doubt that perhaps there was holding, consider this:
Is it possible that our coaching staff tells the O-line to play extra aggressively from the opening kick to set the tone in the ref's eyes about what will be tolerated?  In other words, you know it's unlikely the refs want to be the center of attention in a big game so you push the envelope in an effort to get the benefit of the doubt on close calls later.  It's sort of like Aaron Craft getting away with wrist slaps and hand checks because he's all over the guy from the opening tip.  The refs won't foul him out in the first 3 minutes so he gets away with a lot over the course of a game.  It's also like a pitcher getting some close calls in the strike zone and continuing to throw lower and farther outside as the umpires will allow.  Once you get a few calls it's hard for the ump to reign everything back in later in the game.  
In short, I wouldn't be surprised if our team is being coached to press the boundaries to see what they can get away with and then keep walking that line and pushing against that line all game.
That said, 63-14 PSU.  Change your diaper and move on to next week.  

Yeti's have feelings too.

Hovenaut's picture

(You know what font I'm going for here)

So, uh, NCAA pre-investigation presser tomorrow morning sharp, eh?

J.Mo's picture

I wish Urban would have scored one more time and went for two! For the way these bastards treated Ohio State fans in 2005 and 2007, they deserve to see their team take even a worse beating. It still makes me sick that they worship JoePa to this day even though it turned out he's more concerned with his friend than with the safety of young children. 
Penn State was the dirtiest program of the last decade.

painterlad's picture

You know, the team out east doesn't really concern me. I know they like to think of themselves as a major rival to The Ohio State University, but I like to think of our relationship more like a cat to a litter box. Let them think that they are academically superior to OSU. Let them think that they were disadvantaged due to poor officiating. But let them be reminded that they have limited scholarships because Joe Paterno allowed a coach/former coach to continue to rape young boys in their locker rooms. Let 63-14 be an eternal reminder that JoePa cared more about setting the win record and protecting the image of Penn St football than he did the lives and health of numerous little boys. Let them know that the coach that they still love dearly, for some sick unknown reason, will always be remembered for protecting a child rapist.
And let them know, let them fully understand, that their program will never, ever be considered on the same level as Ohio State. Not then, not now, not ever.

To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.

00Buck's picture

I Take umbridge to this post...... I do not know your age, or what your generation is.... BUT I will tell you this...... IF this were the 1960's America would have NEVER heard about the sandusky scandel, I condemn that Son of a bitch to the gates of hell.......... BUT Joe Paterno, as I,  I am 63 years old we were raised to not discuss certain aspects of life THIS WAS JOE PA'S reason, not the bullshit the press has you believe. he was nor did he protect sandusky... go read the facts..... Jo PA has paid his price...... I am NOT nor have EVER been a PSU fan, I was born in the era of Wayne Woodrow HAYES.....  The greatest coach EVER to grace the sidelines of tOSU....  ONE thing not one person who knows football can deny is Joe Paterno was one hell of a football coach, and made one serious error in trying to stay out of the sandusky mess, just as Jim Tressel tried to protect his players,  one of which sold him down the river GO GO TP.   Let he who is without sin.....cast the first stone....... and I don't believe your name is JESUS..... gimme a freakin break....  btw sorry to spoil your little celebration.........  (REMEMBER ANN ARBOR  24-12) 11/22/69.

Upon this Rock, I build my house....and Let no man put asunder

painterlad's picture

Maybe I shouldn't respond to this, but I will. I am 48 years old. I'm not certain what my age has to do with anything, but I have been around the block a few times. You say that if this were the 60's we would have never heard about such an heinous crime. That is likely true; but then Paterno wanting to "not discuss certain aspects of life" is the type of ancient thinking which allowed predators like Sandusky to continue their vile ways. It is clear to everyone outside of State College that Paterno was involved in covering up for Sandusky. The evidence is just too compelling for anyone to draw any other conclusion.
I understand the mental anguish Penn St fans must feel. Hell, it took me about six months to admit that Tressel was a liar, so it may be a while before they can admit that the man whose graven image was removed from their campus protected (through inaction at the very least) a child rapist. That is the reason they have so few scholarships right now and I hope that this score is  reminder to them of that very fact.

To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.

Bucksfan's picture

Besides the most blatant pass interference no-call where Roby straight up ripped the jersey off of that PSU wide receiver, the refs were letting holding go on both sides.  That's why Penn State was able to amass over 100 yards on the ground.

BoFuquel's picture

PSU is just another member of The Li'l Eleven Konferentz and always will be. I hate all of them. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

Squirrel Master's picture

Even more evidence that we need to be aware of,

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

Penn State fans are right that the referees helped OSU win. If you took away all of the terrible calls and no-calls, then Ohio State is only more athletically gifted, better coached, better at recruiting, better at game planning, better at executing on offense/defense/special teams.
If it weren't for all of those things, then the outcome may have been much, much different. It may have only been a 3 TD win.

otrain2416's picture

There argument is valid except we had 6 penalties called against us for 49 yards and they had 2 penalties called on them for 10 yards

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Brutus Forever's picture

state penn

"I learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age.” – Urban F. Meyer

unholy bucknut's picture

Sore losers are the best. It makes whooping that ass just that much better. They have no excuses that was a complete stomping. Get up dust yourselves off with a little dignity and shut the hell up. Something I expect not one PSU knows how to do.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Saturday was about football. Quit it with the moral high ground about your degree. Ohio State is more than a football factory. Its not our fault a world class academic institution happens to be good at football. Really good at it-49 points better to be precise. Had OSU lost, there would be no mention of degrees. Just football. I'm so sick of their sanctimonious adherence to the belief that their degree means so much more than one from Ohio State? For the record...
PSU checks in at 37. 
OSU checks in at 52.
So much better...

TheBadOwl's picture

I said this above, but the difference in those rankings is negligible since they're both so high. I think that we have a bigger and better national brand, which helps a lot. Also, being in Columbus gives us students many opportunities that aren't available in a town like State College. So, I think OSU is a much better choice.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Poe McKnoe's picture

I think we know who the culprit was!  Check out the stickers on the fenders.  I love it!

buckeyejonross's picture

Penn State people are insane. As an OSU grad and Pitt law student, I'll say it double.

"You might as well appeal against a thunderstorm as against these terrible hardships of war. War is cruelty, there is no use trying to reform it; the crueler it is, the sooner it will be over." -William T., Battle of Atlanta, B1G.

thekornidentity's picture

I went to Roosters after the game Saturday night and oddly enough, the refs from the game sat at the table right next to me. They kept giving each other shit which was hilarious and several other Buckeye fans realized who they were so they came over to talk to them. I don't think they really favored Ohio State throughout the game, but they did mention that BOB was very angry with some of their calls, especially Urban's challenge.

“Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.” -Woody Hayes

jedkat's picture

Must get more details. Want.moar.detailz.

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thekornidentity's picture

It was sort of difficult to hear them, but most of the stuff I heard was them giving each other shit. One of them hadn't done in a game in a few weeks so the others kept telling him he was rusty. There was only one comment pertaining to the coaches that I heard and that was the one where they were saying O'Brien wasn't happy that the fourth down was challenged. When that was brought up, the ref who spotted the ball was getting ripped on for spotting the ball so poorly and wasting their time.

“Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.” -Woody Hayes

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

When that was brought up, the ref who spotted the ball was getting ripped on for spotting the ball so poorly and wasting their time.


MN Buckeye's picture

Let BOB be pissed; he has no excuse. Make the damn first down. Nothing is given away at this level.

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