In football, seeing is believing.
It's not enough for referees to know the rulebook from front to back, but they must have the angle of view in order to apply the rules properly.
We saw this firsthand during Saturday's college football action.
In the big prime-time matchup between Oregon and USC on FOX, there were two clear examples of how an official's field of vision has an impact on the game.
With 10:40 left in the first quarter, USC quarterback Matt Barkley found wide receiver Nelson Agholor in the end zone and the crowd went wild as the field judge threw his hands up in the air to signal a game-tying touchdown. It only lasted a split second though as the back judge came over to rule it incomplete, as he was in the position to see the whole play and spot what others could not -- Agholor did not keep possession as he came to the ground while completing his catch.
The ruling was confirmed in replay.
In a game where points were in abundance (113 combined points), it cost USC ...