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The odd rule comes at a cost in Wisconsin’s loss to Minnesota. This is why it was applied correctly.

University of Wisconsin footballers are reaching out to the media after 18th-ranked badgers fell into Minnesota gold squirrels 23-13 at Paul Bunyan’s ax battle on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at Huntington Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.



MINNEAPOLIS – During the first run of the University of Wisconsin soccer team during the 11:13 pm loss to Minnesota on Saturday, the Badgers walked across the field and faced second and ninth on the 13-yard gopher line early in the second quarter. … UW quarterback Graeme Merz was knocked down in a 6-yard defeat by defense lineman Fight Mafe, but Gophers defender Koni Duerr was called up for the defense.

The penalty resulted in a 7-yard win for the UW team, which put the ball just over the 6-yard line.

But why was it not an automatic first shutdown?

Defensive hold is usually a 10-yard penalty and an automatic hit first, according to NCAA rulebooks. One exception is when a forward pass does not cross the scrum line.

According to Rule 9, Section 3, Article 4.e: “During the correct play of a forward pass in which the pass crosses the neutral zone, if before the pass was touched, team B touched a four. [the defense] outside the neutral zone against a suitable receiver (other than transmission interference), the penalty includes an automatic first hit. “

Mertz did not throw the ball, so there was no pass to cross the scrimmage line. Thus, the Badgers got the second and 2 places on the 6-yard line. UW was flagged for a wrong formation in the next game (5 yards loss). Defender Bralon Allen then caught a 4-yard pass, Mertz threw his next pass at the feet of wide receiver Chimera Dicke, and the Badgers were content with a 25-yard field goal from Collin Larsch that tied the score 3-3.

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