Pitt’s Kenny Pickett pulls off fake slide on TD run vs. Wake Forest in ACC title game; should it have been allowed?

Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett used the principles to nice benefit Saturday night time in the ACC championship recreation — maybe to too nice a bonus.

The senior scored the sport’s first factors on a 58-yard landing scramble 1:18 into the primary quarter. He bought free by faking a slide in the center of the run. The transfer brought about the closing Wake defenders to drag up, lest they hit Pickett and be flagged for a private foul. Pickett went on by towards the tip zone.

But did Pickett deke the Demon Deacons out of their sneakers legally?


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NCAA Rule 4, Article 3(r) states: “A stay ball turns into lifeless and an official shall sound their whistle or declare it lifeless . . . (w)hen a ball provider clearly begins a feet-first slide.”

The officers’ judgment seems to be that Pickett hadn’t clearly begun his slide and due to this fact was nonetheless a stay runner. Or perhaps they only missed the delicate transfer. Whatever the case, Pickett purchased himself house by giving the impression he was sliding.

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One officiating skilled believes Pickett should not have been capable of maintain operating. Terry McAulay, who’s the principles analyst for NBC’s protection of Notre Dame soccer and NFL “Sunday Night Football,” believes Pickett should have been dominated down on the spot he started his fake.

“This play might not meet the letter of the principles, [but] it meets the spirit. The protection is clearly positioned [at] a drawback. This motion should trigger the ball to change into lifeless,” McAulay, a former NFL and ACC referee, wrote on Twitter

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“The protection is aware of he’s protected as soon as he begins a slide, so he neatly let up. That might not occur subsequent time which places the ball provider’s security in jeopardy if he does slide.”


Pickett’s landing was one in all 5 mixed in the opening quarter. No. 16 Wake Forest (10-2) led No. 15 Pitt (10-2) 21-14 on the finish of the interval.

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