Colorado denied final shot at end zone because of referee mishap

Colorado was unable to get a final shot at the end zone at the end of their game against Hawaii.
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Referees are often scrutinized for just about everything they do during a football game. Their ability to catch and throw the football isn't usually among their list of criticisms.

Down eight points in the waning moments of their visit to Hawaii Thursday night, Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau completed a pass to Phillip Lindsay to bring the Buffaloes from the 12-yard line down to the six. With no timeouts remaining and about 10 seconds to go, it appeared they would have one last shot to erase an eight-point deficit. 

The referees proceeded to eliminate all hope Colorado had.

The umpire, understanding just 10 seconds were on the clock, frantically called for the ball. Once he secured it, he shuffled it toward the center judge. But with six seconds left, the ball hit Hawaii linebacker Benetton Fonua near his head.

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The center judge then struggled to get a grip on the ball, and time expired without a final play from Colorado.

The Buffaloes will hope for better luck on Sept. 12 in their home opener against Massachusetts. Hawaii visits Ohio State next.

- Kenny Ducey