November 19, 2007

Wannstedt Weekly: No more last-play talk

Sometimes it's best to get the obvious question out of the way, and that's what Dave Wannstedt did at his weekly press conference on Monday.

"Before you even ask about the last play of the game, it is what it is," Wannstedt said.

"The last play," of course, refers to the offensive pass interference call on receiver Oderick Turner as time ticked away in Pitt's 20-16 loss at Rutgers on Saturday. The Panthers faced a first-and-goal at the Rutgers 6 with less than 30 second remaining when Pat Bostick threw for Turner on the left sideline in the end zone. Turner and Rutgers defensive back Devin McCourty bumped with the ball in the air, but Turner came down with it inbounds.

In lieu of signaling a touchdown, the official threw a flag and called Turner for interference.

"I've got my opinion, I've addressed the people in the league office about how I feel about it, and I'd just as soon leave it at that," Wannstedt said Monday. "I'm kind of tired of talking about it, to be quite honest with you, and everybody can just make their own evaluation."

Wannstedt said that he has contacted the Big East office regarding the call and he is waiting for a response.

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