Miami-North Carolina 2016: Photos, video show controversial TD call

Miami's Shaq Quarterman pushes North Carolina receiver Austin Proehl, who bobbled the ball as he fell out of the end zone. The play was called a touchdown. (Getty Images)

Miami’s Shaq Quarterman pushes North Carolina receiver Austin Proehl, who bobbled the ball as he fell out of the end zone. The play was called a touchdown. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

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The Post’s gallery of photos from the Miami-North Carolina game includes one of a touchdown call that was questionable at best.

The above photo shows North Carolina wide receiver Austin Proehl making a reception for a score in the back of the end zone. That’s how it was ruled, anyway.

Officials reviewed the catch, which came with 1:34 left in the first quarter and UNC up 3-0, to see if Proehl’s feet were in bounds as he made the catch.

It was a quick look. Fifty-three seconds elapsed between referee David Epperley‘s announcement of the review and his confirmation of the touchdown.

It’s fair to wonder if they looked at all possible evidence.

A reverse-angle replay ESPN later broadcast shows Proehl was bobbling the ball as it came to him. He did not secure the ball until he landed out of bounds, courtesy of a push by Miami linebacker Shaq Quarterman.

The officials had their hands full on the next play, when they overturned an onsides kick that UNC initially recovered.

The results of a game are final once the clock hits 0:00. Touchdowns are not awarded and taken away the following day. That wasn’t the only play which caused Miami to lose the game.

But it was a bad call.

Update: Sunday evening in his usual conference call with beat reporters, Miami coach Mark Richt said he would ask the ACC “what their thinking was” in making the call.

Told a “pretty clear angle” showed the touchdown call was made in error, Richt said, “Oh yeah. … I know. It was third down, too, if I’m not mistaken. So more than likely that’s a four-point swing if they make the kick. … Those are tough.”

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