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REPLAY SYSTEM DOESN'T HELP USC TROJANS LOSE OUT ON SEVERAL CALLS.

Byline: Billy Witz Staff Writer

The Rose Bowl used a replay system to review questionable calls for the first time Wednesday, but pardon USC if it wouldn't mind putting the system under further review.

The Trojans lost a turnover on one reversal, were deprived of a turnover on a play that was upheld, and then wondered who was asleep in the replay booth when a Texas touchdown wasn't even reviewed.

No wonder USC coach Pete Carroll chose to play without instant replay against Notre Dame.

Texas was awarded an interception, correctly, by the Big Ten crew when a replay showed that safety Michael Griffin had indeed gotten a foot down inbounds in the end zone.

But the Trojans had a right to gripe moments later when a Texas touchdown by Selvin Young was not reviewed despite replays showing that quarterback Vince Young's knee had touched down at the 12-yard line before he pitched the ball to Selvin Young. There was also question of whether the pitch, which occurred past the line of scrimmage, was a forward pass.

The two plays came in the second quarter with USC leading 7-3.

The replay the Trojans wanted overturned came in the fourth quarter, when Vince Young threw a pass over the middle to Jamaal Charles, who caught the ball with both feet on the ground for a split second before he was hit by he didn't make ``a football move'' before he was hit and the ball knocked loose. Two officials hesitated before ruling the play an incomplete pass.

After the play was reviewed upstairs the ruling on the field was upheld.

In all, five plays were reviewed, including two that were upheld in favor of the Trojans: a 12-yard catch by Steve Smith and a 26-yard touchdown run by Reggie Bush in which he was determined to have stayed in bounds.

The Rose Bowl replay system, like most of those used in college, differs from the NFL. Instead of challenges being brought by coaches, as in the NFL, plays are reviewed at the behest of officials in the replay booth above the press box.

There are three men upstairs - a replay official, an assistant and a technician - who watch the television feed from ABC on monitors as well as the video board in the stadium. If they determine a play should be reviewed, the alert officials on the field via a pager-like device that vibrates, according to Jim Muldoon, who supervises the Pac-10's replay system.

Four officials, including the referee, as well as the TV official on the field wear the pagers. Both the field officials and replay officials are from the Big Ten.

Billy Witz, (818) 713-3621

billy.witz(at)dailynews.com

CAPTION(S):

6 photos, 2 boxes

Photo:

(1) USC coach Pete Carroll argues a call during the first quarter of Wednesday's game.

Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer

(2) no caption (Vince Young)

(3) 1ST QUARTER

(4) 2ND QUARTER

(5) 3RD QUARTER

Michael Owen Baker/Staff Photographer

(6) 4TH QUARTER

Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer

Box:

(1) ROSE BOWL WINNERS

(2) The Quarterly Report
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jan 5, 2006
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