VIDEO: Remembering When a BYU Lineman Threw Tennessee QB Jarrett Guarantano’s Shoe Off the Field During the Game
By Zach Brunner
The power that refs have been given in football continues to get greater and greater. At the NFL level, it is practically miraculous to see a series of four plays without a penalty being called. In college football, they tend to let a few more things go, which is good for the game.
However, there are times when they let a lot go. For example, when a BYU player threw Jarrett Guarantano’s shoe off the field.
Guarantano pulled the ball on the option for the Tennessee Volunteers. After diving for a last bit of effort, he was able to pick up the first down. However, his shoe was ripped off during the tackle, which the defensive lineman did not hesitate to throw off the field.
This led to Guarantano looking around confused. Not only is it strange to see someone rip your cleat off and chuck it, the ref also did not throw a flag for it. Now, the chains are moving and the Tennessee quarterback has only a sock on one of his feet.
If this were to happen in the NFL, it would definitely have been an unsportsmanlike penalty on the spot, followed by a letter from the league with a fine on Monday morning.
Possibly the best part of this entire clip is the ref pointing to where Guarantano’s shoe is afterward, showing he clearly saw what happened but couldn’t care less.
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