Atrocious Pass Interference Call Screws Purdue Out Of Road Win

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Referees get criticized for bad calls all the time. Sometimes, those criticisms are not warranted. Other times, it is not only necessary, it is needed and deserved.

On Friday night, Purdue was on the receiving end of one of the worst offensive pass interference calls of all time. And if you are wondering if that is an exaggeration, it is not.

With the Boilermakers down 34-31 and driving late, tight end Payne Durham caught a game-leading touchdown pass from quarterback Jack Plummer. Except, it wasn’t a touchdown. Well, it was a touchdown, but it wasn’t called a touchdown.

Instead, Durham was called for offensive pass interference. You be the judge.

This is absolutely terrible.

To make that call in that moment is something that should never happen. But like in a lot of similar situations, referees are doing way too much to impact games.

On the very next play, Plummer tossed a game-losing interception. That also shouldn’t happen, but the second-year signal-caller should have never been in that situation in the first place.

Unfortunately, that play above wasn’t the only questionable call by the referees. A few plays earlier, sophomore wide receiver David Bell seemingly made a specular catch, but it was ultimately called incomplete.

Once again, make a judgement call for yourself.

Minnesota (2-3) ended up winning the game with that final 34-31 score. And sure, the Golden Gophers are probably thrilled with getting their second victory of the season. It shouldn’t have happened this way, though.

Purdue should be 3-1, but instead fall to 2-2.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.


Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and


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