Duke’s David Cutcliffe wants roughing the kicker rule to be looked at


If Duke cornerback Breon Borders doesn’t get booked for roughing the kicker on a 4th-and-22 missed Louisville field goal, Duke might have pulled off the upset of the year. But, he did, and Duke lost.

Lamar Jackson waltzed into the end zone on a two-yard scramble after the automatic first down and the Cardinals escaped with a win.

Coach Cutcliffe took no objection with the officiating, as the referees called the play according to the rules. His objection is with the rules, saying, “I’m not complaining about the officiating at all. We hit the guy and that’s what you do – you call it.”

He went on to say that the Louisville kicker stepped into harms way, allowing him to draw the penalty and extend the Louisville drive. The Blue Devils, who trailed by only three with as few as 4 minutes left in the game, would eventually lose 24-14.

However, the poor showing could have hurt Louisville’s College Football Playoff chances already.

Duke was a 34 point underdog in this game and nearly came away with the victory. Rave reviews for Coach Cutcliffe and his preparedness for the game have poured in. If Duke gets the ball back and reaches the end zone on the ensuing drive, that likely seals the game.

The Cardinals need more dominant performances in those types of games if they hope to overcome their loss earlier in the season and convince the playoff committee.

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