Sep 12, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) rushes against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first quarter at Jones AT

(GIF) TCU Has Punt Return Called Back Due to Suspect Fair Catch Ruling

So far this evening, the matchup between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Texas Tech Red Raiders hasn’t exactly been able to live up to the standard they set for themselves in last season’s 56-53 triple overtime shootout, won by the Red Raiders.

Actually, this game has been sloppily played from the start. Both teams are not living up to the billing of the high-powered, fast-paced Big 12. The big plays have been few and far between.

One big play that did seem to make its way into this game was a fourth quarter punt return by TCU’s Brandon Carter. Carter fielded a punt from Texas Tech and took it back to the house. However, the scoring play was called back and the points were taken off the board.

Why was the punt called back? Well, the referee crew decided that the motion that Carter made with his arms constituted a signaling of a fair catch.


Now, you can be the judge. Did Carter call for a fair catch, or not?

(h/t @SBNationCFB for the image)


Tags: College Football TCU Horned Frogs Texas Tech Red Raiders

  • Fred Poige

    It is obvious that Carter was intentionally trying to gain an advantage (and got one) by making the Texas Tech think he was. Using a camera angle that masks the deception does change that fact. The officials did blow the call, however, by not calling the penalty on Carter. This was a poorly called came throughout, often to TCU’s advantage, but Carter did wave both of his arms calling for a fair catch.

  • Curt

    Look at his feet, catching his balance? He wasn’t waving for fair catch. wow.