The only thing I can think of here is if it was enough for it to technically be a personal foul, which would be applied to the end of the play?
I thought the officials had a poor game. On the 4th down we went for, we lined up and snapped the ball. They came running in and stopped the play and reset the clock, but never explained why? This allowed Northwestern to see the formation we wanted to run, get set and make adjustments. We probably wouldn't of gotten it anyway, but it's something little that pisses me of off.
Another thing that happened was when we stopped Northwestern on 3rd down about 2 feet short of the first down. For some reason the officials came on to measure, even though it was obvious that it was nowhere near a first down. The extra time for measurement pretty much gave Northwestern a free timeout, and time to decide if they wanted to go for it, rather than being hurried to make a decision of going for it or not.
It's just annoying.
That's called a smart move by the NW coaching staff. They are allowed to ask for a measurement and the refs proceeded to grant their request.
A bonehead move by the NU coaching staff is calling a timeout on 4th down with 10 seconds left in the half. This essentially forced us to punt the ball. Instead, he should have let the clock tick down to 3 seconds left then burned the TO. This would have allowed us to do the following:
1. Attempt a fg w/o the reprocussions of NW getting the ball at midfield if missed.
2. Throw a hail mary at the end of the half (hey it worked for South Carolina last year)
3. Take the snap on 4th down and throw the ball out of bounds, eliminating the remaining time in the half.
Pelini has very poor game/clock management skills and we got away w/ this game.
I do think the refs jobbed us on this one, I thought he foul was post possession, which should have given us the ball then marched 15 yards back from the recovery spot.