KU onside kick ruined by penalty
Another Les Miles trick play worked masterfully Saturday for Kansas – but a penalty negated the onside kick recovery and helped West Virginia escape the Jayhawks 29-24.
KU trailed 17-10 in the third quarter when Jayhawk kicker Liam Jones grabbed his hamstring and feigned an injury just before a kickoff. Backup Jacob Borcila trotted out and pooched a kick into the air.
The ploy is intended for the Jayhawks to beat the Mountaineers to the ball. But West Virginia’s Dante Bonamico hustled over and got his hands on the kick just as KU’s Jamahl Horne arrived, dislodging the ball. Kansas recovered.
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But the Jayhawks were penalized for interference. And all agree it was a good call.
“The call was officiated correctly,” WVU coach Neal Brown said.
The rulebook states that a receiver “must be given an unimpeded opportunity to catch the ball” until it has bounced. A one-yard barrier is to be given the receiver. And the rule states that “when in question, it is a foul.”
“I felt like that man would have a difficult time getting there,” Miles said of Bonamico. “He made a great play. I think college football should look at the opportunity to include the kicking game into some of the most exciting plays as opposed to penalizing for those exact plays.”