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Option pitch or forward pass?

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osu_killernuts's picture
September 2, 2014 at 10:52am

I noticed this a few times on Saturday against Navy and it posed the following question in my head.

There was a pitch by Navy (at one point in the game) that appeared to be a fumble, but after review, it was deemed a forward pass and ruled incomplete.  In this case, why isn't a penalty called on the offense for an 'ineligible man down field' penalty?  It seems like if the option pitch is ruled a forward pass, lineman that are 5-10 yards down field should be ruled ineligible, right? 

I know a flag isn't initially thrown for something like this because the refs are making the assumption that it was a legal pitch and not a forward pass.  Just something that popped in my head during the game against Navy....

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