It’s one of the rarest penalties called in college football.
Disconcerting Signals or when a defense is charged with simulating the offense’s snap.
Army was whistled for the infraction with 12:02 left in the third quarter at Penn State Saturday.
Coach Jeff Monken said he’s heard of the penalty but have never had it called against one of his team.
Here’s how the penalty and the conversation between the officiating crew and Army went down, as per Monken:
“They (the officials) asked me at halftime, ‘What are your defensive calls?,’” Monken said.
I said, ‘Here’s some of the calls.’
They said, ‘They (Army’s defense) are saying set go.’
I said, ‘We don’t have anything set go.’
They said, ‘If they say that, we are going to have to throw a penalty.’
I said, ‘I understand but ask our guys. I don’t think our guys are saying that.’
“They made a bunch of different calls, which we are permitted to do,” Monken said. “It was a line movement and we make a call for a guy to shift and move to a different spot. They had jumped offside earlier in the game. They flinched (in the third quarter) and they threw a flag. Their left tackle had moved. The umpire came in and said, ‘No, they were simulating the count.’”
“I said, ‘Hey, Jay (Bateman, Army’s defensive coordinator), what was the call?’ He told me what the call was and I said, “Here’s what they are saying.”
“Like I’ve said, the officials are trying to do their job,” Monken said. “They are trying to do the best that they can. They are not always right and neither am I.”
The penalty gave Penn State 1st-and-5 at Army’s 12. Army’s defense held and forced Penn State to kick a 27-yard field goal, putting the Nittany Lions up 13-0.
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