Todd Geerlings (Big Ten crew)
Below are quotes from Todd Geerlings, the referee from tonight’s Pinstripe Bowl regarding the unsportsmanlike penalty late in the fourth quarter.
Excessive celebration is rule 9-2-1d, which states a penalty is called for: "Any delayed, excessive, prolonged or choreographed act by which a player attempts to focus attention on himself (or themselves)."
What exactly caused the penalty?
"It was the salute, which was the judgment of the calling officials, which were the head linesman and the back judge. Two officials threw the flag, both judged it to be drawing attention to themselves, and that's what the flag was for."
Were you watching for any celebrations?
"These kinds of excessive celebrations have been a priority in the rulebook for the last several years. There's a whole page in the rulebook pertaining to sportsmanship."