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Monday November 08, 2004
08:45 PM

Difference of Opinion

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There was a controversial play in Saturday's Penn-Princeton football game. Here's how Princeton's student newspaper, The Daily Princetonian, described it:

Determined not to roll over and give in to the heavily favored Quakers, the Tigers forced a fumble on Penn's first possession of the second half.

And here's how Penn's paper, The Daily Pennsylvanian, saw the same play:

Matthews moved the ball to the Princeton 42-yard line before the momentum of the game changed again.

McDermott threw what appeared to be a forward pass to Matthews, who dropped it. But the officials ruled it as a lateral, and Peter Kelly fell on it for the Tigers.

"I thought that was a huge call," Bagnoli said. "We had just had two or three first downs, the ball was right at midfield, we were starting to get a little bit of momentum...I didn't think it was close."

So who's right? The Penn paper, of course. The play was a screen pass to the running back. The ball was thrown a little behind him and he couldn't catch it. There was no one within 10 yards of Matthews when he dropped it.

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