Brian Kelly is not a happy camper following Notre Dame’s heartbreaking loss to Florida State on Saturday night. The Irish’s head coach unloaded on ACC officials for the pass interference penalty they called, which took the (likely) game-winning touchdown off the board.
Brian Kelly completely roasting the ACC officials today.
— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) October 19, 2014
Kelly was very blunt in his criticism, stating that he did not believe his receiver went out of the way to screen the defender and that it’s a common NCAA football play. He stated that FSU blew the coverage and also brought attention to the Seminoles player removing his helmet immediately after the play, which should have resulted in an FSU penalty – a massive non-call that would have allowed Notre Dame one more very manageable shot to score.
“(Fuller) did not go out of his way to impede the defender. The official that was furtherest from the play though differently.” – Kelly — Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) October 19, 2014
Brian Kelly: “Florida State blew the coverage and they got rewarded for it.” #NotreDame
— Rachel Terlep (@eTruth_Irish) October 19, 2014
Despite his frustrations with the way the game ended, Kelly acknowledged that you have to knock a team like FSU out if you want to win.
He plans on speaking with the ACC this week, but doesn’t expect anything to come from the conversation.
Kelly: “We’ll have conversations with the supervisor of officials for the ACC this afternoon. I’m sure we’ll get even less clarification.”
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 19, 2014
Here’s a look at the play that Kelly is heated over.